HLS - Homeland Security

HLS 190.  Introduction to Homeland Security   (3).

Introduces the principles and practices associated with homeland security, development, structure and roles of the homeland security system in America including missions and functions, operational processes, risk analysis, and defense and response actions. The federal system and the roles of state, local, territorial and tribal governments are considered as is the role of the private sector in the system.

HLS 310.  Emergency Management   (3).

Surveys emergency planning and response to large scale disasters, threats and major incidents in the United States. Risks, threats and response by level of government from local, state and national are examined. Examines best practices used in emergency management.

HLS 320.  Border Security   (3).

Examines the substantial vulnerability of the nation’s land borders, ports, inland waterways and airports, including aviation-related attacks. Issues and challenges impacting border security at the local, state and federal levels. Law, politics, policy and operational enforcement strategies are critiqued from varying levels of law enforcement. Students are acquainted with methods to identify, prevent, respond to and recover from major catastrophes at the nation’s borders and ports.

HLS 330.  Legal Issues in Homeland Security   (3).

Overview of the relationship between the needs of homeland security, and the traditional concepts of civil liberties within the U.S. legal system. Covers legal issues in the constitutional amendments including First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and 14th amendments. Emphasizes the role of law, the government’s demand for more power, and civil liberties.

HLS 401.  Cyber Security   (3).

Covers concepts related to cyber-attack, penetration testing, cyber intelligence, reverse engineering and cryptanalysis. Students learn how security infrastructure integrates with the rest of the business and IT infrastructure, through the use of hands-on projects.

HLS 405.  Intelligence Process   (3).

Acquaints students with the intelligence process related to homeland security. Intelligence strategies used in homeland security and law enforcement are introduced. The collection, analysis, sharing and dissemination of information within and between local, state and federal authorities is examined.

HLS 420.  Terrorism   (3).

Cross-listed as CJ 381A and CJ 783AY. Introduces students to the phenomena of contemporary terrorism and extremism. Emphasizes extremism as a foundation for terrorist behavior, types of terrorism, and how governments and law enforcement agencies respond to terrorism. Particular emphasis is on domestic and home-grown terrorism. Introduces theoretical approaches to the study of terrorism. Weaves a thread of extremist literature and perspectives throughout the semester. Highlights the role of law enforcement and other public administrative agencies.

HLS 470.  Special Topics   (3).

An umbrella course created to explore a variety of subtopics differentiated by letter (e.g., 470A, 470B, etc.) Students should enroll in the lettered courses with specific topics in the title rather than in this root course. In general these courses include detailed study of topics in homeland security with particular emphasis established according to the expertise of the various instructors.

HLS 470A.  Immigration Policy & Politics   (3).

Examines the history of legislation and policies enacted by the U.S. government to control the flow of legal and illegal immigration into the United States. Critiques the effectiveness of past and present immigration laws and policies in combating transnational crime and terrorism. Identifies issues and challenges of enforcing immigration laws from political, cultural and societal perspectives. Students will also explore possible future immigration reform measures and the political, economic, and national security impact of such actions.