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Homeland Security

Homeland Security Fact Sheet

Homeland Security Associate's Degree 
Homeland Security Certificate


Homeland Security

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH 
Associate of Science (615)

This program is designed to prepare students for positions in homeland security. Risk management, systems integration, threat dynamics and the legal, political and ethical issues associated with homeland security are explored.  The criminal justice system, perspectives on terrorism, cyber security and continuity of operations are also examined.  Graduates of this program may seek employment as homeland security professionals in various occupations including border, airport and seaport security as well as employment in the intelligence field, technology security and disaster or emergency response.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Explain the broad range of federal policies and procedures enacted since the events of 9/11 and identify the major security problems linked to  terrorism.
  2. Summarize the organizations involved in homeland security, how they are organized, how they interrelate and their specific roles. 
  3. Explain risk assessment principles in a real world environment.
  4. Identify homeland security grant programs and develop a formal homeland security grant proposal.
  5. Identify the various templates, tools and formats to evaluate an operation and prepare a Continuity of Operation Plan.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 61–63

First Semester

Course #       

Course Name

Credits

CIT-115

Introduction to Information Technology

3

CJC-101*

Introduction to Criminal Justice & Criminology 1 
       

3

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

HLS-101

Orientation to Homeland Security &
Emergency Preparedness,
Planning & Response

3

HLS-102

Perspectives on Terrorism

3

 

Total Credits

15

   

Second Semester

CIT-181

Principles of Information Security  

4

Eng-102

English Composition 2

3

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Criminal Justice & Criminology Elective

3

 

Mathematics Elective

3-4

 

Total Credits

16–17

   
Third Semester

 

 

FSA-102

Principles of Emergency Services 2

3

HLS-103 

Introduction to Physical Security &
Deterrents to Terrorism

3

HLS-203

Emergency Medical Services & Health
Services Orientation
 3

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication or
Philosophy Elective

3

 

Science Elective

34

 

Total Credits

15–16

   
Fourth Semester

 

 

HLS-205

Introduction to Homeland Security
Grant Writing & Grants Management

3

HLS-206 

Continuity of Operation Planning

3

HLS-207 

Homeland Security & Emergency Management

3

 

General Elective

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total Credits

15

1CJC-101 CCAC will award credit for this course with the “Completion Certificate from a State Certified Policy Academy."

2FSA-102:  CCAC will award credit for this course with the “Pennsylvania Firefighter 1 Certificate.”

3HLS-203:  CCAC will award credit for this course with the “Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Technician Certificate.

All documents must be presented to the Registration & Advisement office for this credit to be posted to the CCAC transcript and included in this program.

*Effective fall 2014, CJC-101 name is changed to Introduction to Criminal Justice.

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HOMELAND  SECURITY

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH  
Certificate (616)

This program is designed to prepare students for positions in homeland security. Risk management, systems integration, threat dynamics and the legal, political and ethical issues associated with homeland security are explored. The criminal justice system, perspectives on terrorism, cyber security and continuity of operations are also examined.  Graduates of this program may seek employment as homeland security professionals in various occupations including border, airport and seaport security as well as employment in the intelligence field, technology security and disaster or emergency response.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify the major security problems linked to terrorism.
  2. Explain risk assessment principles in a real world environment.
  3. Identify homeland security grant programs.
  4. Develop a formal homeland security grant proposal.
  5. Identify the various templates, tools and formats to evaluate an operation and prepare a Continuity of Operation Plan.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 22

First Semester

Course #       

Course Name

Credits

CIT-115

Introduction to Information Technology              

3

HLS-101

Orientation to Homeland Security &
Emergency Preparedness, Planning & Response
         

3

HLS-102 

Perspectives on Terrorism

3

HLS-103

Introduction to Physical Security &
Deterrents to Terrorism

3

 

Total Credits

12

 

 

 

Second  Semester

 

 

CIT-181  

Principles of Information Security

 4

HLS-205

Introduction to Homeland Security
Grant Writing & Grants Management
  

3

HLS-206

Continuity of Operation Planning

3

 

Total Credits

10

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