Homeland Security Certificate
This certificate offers students an overview of the nation’s homeland security environment through an all-hazards approach. The curriculum consists of 18 credit hours with coursework in emergency management, intelligence and counterintelligence functions, terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, and other relevant topics.
Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:
- Analyze the evolution of the Department of Homeland Security and list the agencies and responsibilities within the department.
- Summarize key Homeland Security responsibilities.
- Analyze the roles, responsibilities, and authorities of the various organizations responding to disasters and other emergencies.
- Describe the elements, structure, and purpose of the intelligence community.
- Describe the purpose and types of intelligence and the process by which intelligence is requested, gathered, and shared.
- Identify the key challenges for the 21st century facing U.S. Homeland Security.
- Assess critical infrastructures and key resources.
- Differentiate between cyberterrorism, cyberwarfare, cyberespionage, and cybercrime.
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The employment outlook within homeland security jobs is strong and expected to continue to rise because this department plays the most active role in protecting the interests of the country and its citizens. Although, in general, our economy is struggling, homeland security jobs are expected to remain in high demand; national security is among the highest priorities of our government and a slowed economy should not influence job opportunities at the Department of Homeland Security and its many arms. It will always be an important role of the government to protect its citizens from threats.
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