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Online Graduate Certificates in Homeland Security

  • Introduction

    All homeland security graduate certificates consist of 12 credit hours, or four courses. Students can be admitted to the university as graduate certificate-seeking only. You can choose one of these areas of specialization:

    • Border Security
    • Cybersecurity
    • Emergency Management
    • Transnational Crime Studies

    Classes earned toward a certificate can also be used toward a graduate degree if you choose to continue into the 36-credit-hour graduate program. To apply for admission into the graduate certificate programs, students should still fulfill all graduate admission requirements and follow all graduate admissions application steps.

    All graduate certificate programs require an overall 3.0 grade point average and a grade of at least a “B” in each required class. All course work for certificates must be taken in-residence; transfer credits from other institutions will not apply toward certificate programs.

  • Certificate Plans
    Certificate in Border Security
    12 Credit Hours
    Course Number Course Description Hours
    BOR 6310 Seminar in Port Security and Maritime Defense 3
    BOR 6311 Transportation Security 3
    BOR 6320 Studies in Terrorism 3

    Chose one of the following:

    BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  3
     Certificate in Cyber Security
    12 Credit Hours
    Course Number Course Description Hours
    BOR 6303  Cryptology 3
    BOR 6335  Data Mining 3
    BOR 6342  Cybersecurity and Constitutional Issues 3

     Chose one of the following:

    BOR 6350 Cyber Vulnerability 3
    BOR 6351 Emerging Technologies in Homeland Security 3

     

    Certificate in Emergency Management
    12 Credit Hours
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    BOR 6322 Studies in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazards and Responses 3
    BOR 6330 Studies in Disaster Preparedness 3
    BOR 6331 Seminar in Emergency Planning 3

     Chose one of the following:

    BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3

     

     Certificate in Transnational Crime Studies
    12 Credit Hours
     Course Number Course Description Hours
     BOR 6304 Advanced Studies in Transnational Crime 3
     BOR 6305 Advanced Studies in Human Trafficking 3
     BOR 6306  Advanced Studies in International Drug Trafficking 3

     Chose one of the following:

    BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
    BOR 6340 Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security 3
    BOR 6341 Advanced Studies in International Police Development 3
    BOR 6355 National Security Policy 3

     

  • Courses
    • BOR 6355 National Security Policy (3-0). This course presents an overview of security policy issues as fundamental components of foreign policy. The course takes a narrow view of security policy and examines the topic from the direction of securing America’s borders. The course combines historical description of security policy development, comparative analysis, and theoretical examination.

    • BOR 6351 Emerging Technologies in Homeland Security (3-0). In this course a variety of cutting edge technologies associated with Homeland Security are discussed. The technologies are analyzed and evaluated for functionality, usefulness, cost effectiveness, and reliability. Depending upon the technologies analyzed, students may be required to participate in field research.

    • BOR 6350 Cyber Vulnerability (3-0). Students discuss at length the reliability and vulnerability of computer based technologies, biometrics, and security technologies. Included are case analyses of external (hacking) and internal (man-in-the-middle) attacks on government and private communications systems.

    • BOR 6342 Cybersecurity and Constitutional Issues (3-0). This course discusses telecommunications law and policy as it applies to the rapidly evolving technologies and capabilities of the internet, telecommunications, satellite and imagery systems available for commercial and government exploitation. The legal implications of a global internet, recourses available to law enforcement, treaties, etc. are reviewed from an international perspective including processes by which international cooperation is gained to deal with cyber threats.

    • BOR 6341 Advanced Studies in International Police Development (3-0). Students use the comparative method to conduct critical analyses of ongoing efforts to develop police in other countries by the U.S., EU, UN, and other agencies. The role of military and non-military forces, coupled with their interaction with NGOs and local agencies, is evaluated. Developing measurement tools to use in conducting success evaluation is a key part of this course. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6341.)

    • BOR 6340 Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security (3-0). Taking Constitutional Law to the next level, students conduct in-depth analysis of court decisions that respond to ongoing efforts to address legislative efforts to secure the homeland in the face of a continued international terrorist threat. Additionally, students evaluate the legal basis for federal response to natural and man-made disasters and the impact of these responses to local sovereignty. Students taking this course are required to write extensive legal briefs. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6340.)

       

    • BOR 6335 Data Mining (3-0). A course in statistics particularly geared to pattern analysis, information continuity, and data recovery. Inferential and descriptive techniques for decision analysis are included. This course uses a variety of data bases associated with business, census, terrorism, and crime statistics from which students conduct research projects. Personal computers with fundamental software programs such as Excel, SPSS or SAS are necessary for students to complete this course.

    • BOR 6331 Seminar in Emergency Planning (3-0). Effective emergency planning is the key to surviving natural and man-made disasters. Topics covered include threat identification and assessment, risk analysis, identification and protection of critical infrastructure, gathering and dissemination of intelligence, evaluation of open source intelligence, and utilization/manipulation of public media to enhance citizen response. A thorough understanding of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazards is essential for this course. Knowledge of risk management theory, disaster management theory, and a familiarization with FEMA response scenarios are necessary for students taking this course. Prerequisites: Border Security 6322 and Border Security 6330.

    • BOR 6330 Studies in Disaster Preparedness (3-0). Risk management theory, disaster management theory, and FEMA strategies are applied to reconstructions of past natural and man-made disasters. Students are tasked with carrying out intensive reevaluation of past efforts and development of enhancements that would improve future responses.

    • BOR 6322 Studies in Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazards and Responses (3-0). This course for the non-scientist is a study of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazards associated with different forms of weapons of mass destruction as well as the routine manufacturing and transportation of these components to which we are exposed daily. The means by which disaster management specialists prepare for accidents and incidents involving these materials are covered in depth. Potential short and long term impacts of incidents and accidents are evaluated.

    • BOR 6320 Studies in Terrorism (3-0). This course discusses the politics of terrorism and counterterrorism in depth. Theoretical approaches to explain terrorism as a tactic are analyzed. Individual, group, and state terrorism are reviewed from a historical and political context. Students conduct an in-depth analysis of the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the advent of the USA PATRIOT ACT and its impact on civil liberties, and the development of the Department of Homeland Security as a terrorist mitigation strategy. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6320.)

    • BOR 6311 Transportation Security (3-0). This course examines current and future threats to U.S. and international transportation systems and discusses methods and technologies designed to confront these threats. Coverage of relevant security issues relating to transportation by sea, land, pipeline, and air will be included.

    • BOR 6310 Seminar in Port Security and Maritime Defense (3-0). Maritime ports of entry and defense of the U.S. coastal waters are the primary focus of this seminar. Students evaluate the vulnerability of maritime ports to disruption and attack. Applying risk management theory, students critically analyze current efforts to identify the vulnerabilities of ports and their associated transportation infrastructure. Efforts to provide security along U.S. coasts are discussed from a historical perspective through the post-9/11 era.

    • BOR 6303 Cryptology (3-0). The history of ciphers, cryptanalysis, computer security system design, investigation of security system breeches, user access issues, and associated policies are discussed.

    • BOR 6302 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3-0). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) contain a powerful set of tools for data acquisition, management, query, and display. This course provides students with a substantial foundation in the history of cartography and mapmaking. A second major emphasis of this course will merge both theoretical and historical information with hands-on practical training utilizing the basic tools provided with GIS software. Students will become familiar with the importance of metadata, as well as editing and updating metadata and how this is important to the success or failure of the dataset as a whole. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6302.)

    • BOR 6301 Seminar in Homeland Security (3-0). In conjunction with an analysis of current Homeland Security topics, students apply theoretical concepts of target identification and risk evaluation to develop risk mitigation plans, which are jointly critiqued by their classmates. Students consider various natural and man-made disasters and potential disasters, from an all-hazards perspective. Practical application of open source intelligence to risk analysis and mitigation is a key component of this course. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 6301.)