Residential Instruction

Residential Instruction

The 12-credit online graduate certificate in Homeland Security is now offered in residential instruction at Penn State Harrisburg, in addition to the online offering through Penn State World Campus. Students are now able to complete the entire certificate in residential instruction, if they wish to do so. Further, students may complete the certificate in hybrid instruction, mixing residential and online classes tailored to their needs and preferences, or they may continue to complete the entire certificate online.

The curriculum integrates an all-hazards approach in areas of homeland security policy, strategic and operational planning, and interagency cooperation into a unified body of knowledge. The curriculum will consist of two required courses (HLS 401 and 404) and two electives (to choose from HLS 802, 832, 540, 558, 875, or P ADM 803 or 500).

New Residential Classes Offered

HLS 401 Introduction to Homeland Security 
Spring 2017, Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Penn State Harrisburg 

Special Offer

In addition, P ADM 500 Public Organization and Management is offered as a residential course in Spring 2017 and may be counted towards the certificate!

Course Overviews 

HLS 401

This course is focused on providing a broad overview of homeland security activities as undertaken in the United States since 9/11. Key policy stakeholders at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels throughout the homeland security enterprise must be mindful of the four principal goals established in the National Strategy for Homeland Security. While these will guide a significant portion of our discussion, they won't be the only issues we will examine. We will also discuss: critical legal issues relevant to the implementation and execution of homeland security activities; Executive Branch policies and strategies; homeland security plans and programs; the homeland security organization; how the United States deals with "all hazards," etc.

P ADM 500

This course serves as the introduction to the field of public administration. During this course, students will become familiar with the roles that public administrators play in a democratic society; the history and development of the field; how complex organizations are managed and decisions are made; how public managers interact with one another and collaborate across sectors in society; the importance of ethical action and professional standards of conduct; and how external forces such as globalization and information technology are changing traditional assumptions and practices in Pennsylvania. Most examples will draw upon the structure and processes of governance and economic organization in the United States.