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Homeland Security Management - Homeland Security Management (A.A.S.)

Official Title of Major:  Homeland Security Management, A.A.S.

Type of Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.


Total Credit Hours:  60

About the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute

Purpose: In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Office of Homeland Security was created to strategically coordinate government agencies in order to better forecast, prevent, and defend against future terrorist threats. Six key operational areas are now the focus of Homeland Security: intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, domestic counterterrorism, protecting critical infrastructure, defending against catastrophic threats, and emergency preparedness and response.

The Homeland Security Management area of concentration prepares students for careers in the homeland security industry. Students will examine a span of local, national, and international issues and operations from terrorism to disaster planning and response.

Range of Occupations

  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Transportation Security officer
  • Customs and Border Patrol officer
  • Federal Law Enforcement officer
  • Emergency Management specialist
  • Immigration Services officer

Statewide Tuition Reduction Program

This program of study is designated a Statewide Tuition Reduction Program. This means that some residents of Maryland (refer to the Tuition, Fees and Payments  section of this catalog) enrolled in this program of study by the first day of the term may be eligible for in-county tuition rates for courses required for program completion. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that this program still maintains a Statewide Program status before enrolling. Please refer to the college’s Accounts Receivable Office to confirm this designation.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

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General Education Requirements: 24 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 3 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Area of Concentration Requirements: 18 credits

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by SOC 111 .

Technology Requirement

Students must satisfy the Technology Requirement. Can be satisfied by CTP 103  (recommended) or by CLEP exam.

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by EMT 104 or HEA 150. 

Fast Track Option

This program has a Fast Track Option  for those holding a college degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate between ethical and unethical actions regarding homeland security practices.

2. Demonstrate effective verbal communications skills.

3. Identify ethnic, cultural, national, religious, and political ideologies.

4. Examine and interpret forensic evidence to reconstruct terrorist events. 

5. Outline the myriad weapons of mass destruction/disruption, as well as critical land and water vulnerabilities. 

6. Develop strategies to generate intelligence.

7. Apply key principles in border control and transportation security to solve problems related to homeland security.

8. Write clear, concise, and accurate reports.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

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