Curriculum

Curriculum

The following is the curriculum for the Intercollge Master of Professional Studies in Homerland Security - Base Program. Curriculum information for program options is available here:
 
  • Information Security and Forensics Option*
  • Public Health Preparedness Option*
  • Geospatial Intelligence Option*
  • Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option*
 
The 33-credit curriculum for the Base Program offers a solid foundation in homeland security theory and implementation:
 

Common core curriculum (9 credits):

  • HLS 801 – Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs
  • HLS 803 – Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues
  • HLS 805 – Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency
 

Prescribed courses (12 credits):

  • P ADM 401 – Introduction to Homeland Security
  • P ADM 404 – Homeland Security and Defense in Practice
  • P ADM 802 – Multifaceted Approaches to Homeland Security
  • P ADM 803 – Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Defense and Security
 

Electives (9 credits) -- Courses for example include:

  • HLS 540 – Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods
  • HLS 558 – Disaster Psychology
  • HLS 575 – U.S. Homeland Security Law
  • P ADM 897A – Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • PL SC 836 – Root Courses of Terrorism
  • IST 564 – Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management
 

International track

Civil security is a field with remarkable projected job growth around the world. Since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as initiatives in other countries, has transformed how delivery of security is planned, executed, and coordinated globally.The Base Program offers an additional International Track that is based on state-of-the-art security research. Here students can learn to understand differences and commonalities between homeland, national, and international security, as well as the characteristics of homeland security in a global context and an all-hazards threat environment. This track can prepare students for a global career with excellent earning potential.

The following is the curriculum for the homeland security master’s degree base program. Curriculum information for program options:

Information Security and Forensics Option
Public Health Preparedness Option
Geospatial Intelligence Option
Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Option

The 33-credit curriculum for the base program offers a solid foundation in homeland security theory and implementation. In addition to the 9 credits of common core curriculum courses, the program has its own set of prescribed courses and multidisciplinary electives:

Common core curriculum (9 credits):

HLS 801 – Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs

HLS 803 – Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues

HLS 805 – Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency

Prescribed courses (12 credits):

P ADM 401 – Introduction to Homeland Security

P ADM 404 – Homeland Security and Defense in Practice

P ADM 802 – Multifaceted Approaches to Homeland Security

P ADM 803 – Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Defense and Security

Electives (9 credits)

Courses for example include:

HLS 540 – Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods (under approval, currently offered as a special topics course)

HLS 558 – Disaster Psychology

HLS 575 – U.S. Homeland Security Law 

HLS 595 – Internship: Homeland Security Experience (under approval, currently offered as a special topics course)

P ADM 897A – Critical Infrastructure Protection

PL SC 836 – Root Courses of Terrorism

IST 564 –  Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management

Further, the program offers an optional residential component with a continuing education short course: Homeland Security – Contemporary Crisis Management in Homeland Security that is offered in the summer term. 

Capstone experience (3 credits):

HLS 594 – Research project 

 

International track

Civil security is a field with remarkable projected job growth around the world. Since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as initiatives in other countries, has transformed how delivery of security is planned, executed, and coordinated globally.

The international track of the Penn State World Campus Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security is based on state-of-the-art security research studies. It helps you understand differences and commonalities between homeland security, national security, and international security, and explains the characteristics of homeland security in a global context and an all-hazards threat environment.

This degree can prepare you for a global career with excellent earning potential. Through our diverse course options, you can become a leader in such fields as policy management, emergency management, law enforcement, health care, corporate security, IT, computer science, or the military.

Course topic areas for the international track include:

  • Core Courses on Foundations and Development of Homeland Security
  • Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods
  • International Relations Theory
  • Root Causes of Terrorism
  • Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Natural Disasters

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