BS in Homeland Security

The Bachelor of Science in homeland security is designed to provide preservice and inservice students with a broad educational background in all aspects of the homeland security field. The BS in homeland security is a four-year course of study grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, along with a core homeland security curriculum. The Bachelor of Science degree program is described below.

Program Requirements 

A minimum total of 120 credit hours is required for the BS in homeland security and includes at least 36 credit hours in the major (but not more than 50 credit hours will count toward the BS degree). ENGL 210 is an additional requirement. In addition to meeting the requirements of the WSU General Education Program, the Fairmount College requirements (including the foreign language requirement) and the university requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete 33 credit hours of core courses and 3 credit hours of electives. Students may take 14 additional credit hours beyond the 36 credit hours required for the major (for a total of 50 credit hours).

Course Title Hours
Core Courses for Major
HLS 190Introduction to Homeland Security3
HLS 310Emergency Management3
HLS 312Risk Assessment3
HLS 320Border Security3
HLS 330Legal Issues in Homeland Security3
HLS 401Cyber Security3
HLS 403Physical Security3
HLS 405Intelligence Process3
CJ 407Introduction to Research Methods3
HLS 420Terrorism3
CJ 510Crime and Transportation3
College Requirements
ENGL 210Composition: Business, Professional and Technical Writing3
Criminal Procedure
Special Investigations
Criminal Evidence: Mock Trials
Immigration Policy & Politics
The History of U.S. Homeland Security
Private Security
Digital Investigations
Total Credit Hours39

Applied Learning 

Students in the BS in homeland security program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by conducting thorough in-person interviews and discussions with local/regional or federal officials, and by analyzing and presenting the information obtained, which will then be included as part of the overall course learning experience and grade assessment.