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Undergraduate Online Program:
Border and Homeland Security

  • Introduction

    The Bachelor of Security Studies (B.S.S.) in border and homeland security is meant to increase students’ awareness and understanding of current issues in border security within the wider realm of homeland security. The courses will increase the students’ critical thinking and analytical skills across the diverse fields of homeland security, criminal justice, emergency management and associated legal issues. The degree offers four specializations to choose from:

    • Crime and border security
    • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
    • Border security law
    • Cybersecurity 

    Students who have completed an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force should follow the Bachelor of Border Security (B.B.S.) degree plan.  

  • Degree Plan
    Bachelor of Security Studies (B.S.S.) in Border and Homeland Security
    120 Credit Hours
    Courses Hours
    Border Security 3301, 3340, 4330, 4351, 4354, 4389 18
    Border Security (advanced) 12
    Cultural Competence 3310, 3312 6
    Intelligence, Security Studies, and Analysis 3310, 3320 6
    Courses Hours
    Communication 2301 3
    Computational and Applied Math 2305, Mathematics 1302, 1303, 1324, 1325, 1332, 1333, 1561, 2305, 2513 3
    Computer Literacy: Agricultural Economics 1351, Animal Science 1351, Business Computer Information Systems 1305, Computational and Applied Mathematics 1351, Computer Science, 1301, 1341, 1351, 1361, 1371 3
    English 1301, 1302, and sophomore literature 9
    History 1301, 1302 6
    Natural Science (two lab sciences): biology, chemistry, geology, physics, physical science 8
    Political Science 2301, 2302 6
    Social Science: Agricultural Economics 2300, 2301, 2302, Geography 2301, 2305, Psychology 1303, 2301, Sociology 1303, 2301 3
    Visual and Performing Arts: Art 1301, 1302, 1305, 2301, 2302 Honors 2302, Music 1310, 1341, 1342, 1351, 1361, 1375, 1376, Theatre 1311, 1351, 1352 3
    Minor 18
    Electives 16
  • Courses
    • ISSA 3320 Intelligence and Democracy: Issues and Conflicts (3-0). This course examines the conduct of intelligence activities by democratic states, focusing on the inherent conflict between the secret nature of intelligence and “open society.” Using a case study approach, students will review the intelligence organizations in the U.S. and other democracies as well as cases where there has been a clash between democratic values and intelligence activities. The course analyzes the requirements for effective intelligence operations and the impact of oversight and control of those operations. Students will examine Government “control” of intelligence operations; Judicial and Congressional oversight, management, and intervention; and the role and influence of media and public opinion on intelligence activities. Moreover, as a result of 9/11 and the war on terror, students will explore the conundrum of determining whether and to what degree a necessary balance exists between secrecy of intelligence operations at home and abroad and democracy.

    • ISSA 3310 Introduction to the Discipline of Intelligence (3-0). This course focuses on the theory and practice of the disciplines of intelligence to include the intelligence process, the key functions of the intelligence cycle, intelligence technology, analysis, collection capabilities, covert action, and policy support. Students will examine the role of intelligence in national security, policy formation, diplomacy, homeland security, and other national priorities. Students will do a comparative review of the Cold War intelligence community and post-9/11 period of the emergence of the current national Intelligence Community (IC). Students will examine partnerships between the IC and the military services, academic, and scientific communities in developing intelligence practices and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems and capabilities to address the intelligence challenges of the past 60 years. Finally, the course emphasizes the importance of preparing and providing intelligence to both policy makers and our nation’s warfighters in a manner that result in information sharing and underscores a post-9/11 commitment to conduct intelligence activities in a manner that fully respects and protects American civil liberties and privacy.

    • CCSS 3317 American Government Politics and National Security (3-0). This course introduces students to the study of politics and government and examines the basic ideological, structural, and procedural choices faced by any political system. Students will understand the foundations and traditions of American democracy and the structure, decision processes and policy outcomes, especially defense policy outputs, of the American political system. Students will also examine current policy issues affecting the military.

    • BOR 4389 Seminar in Homeland and Border Security (3-0). This capstone course ties together the wide-ranging issues associated in the discipline of Homeland Security, focusing students in conducting research into issues associated with securing the nation’s borders from a variety of transnational threats in a dynamic environment. Prerequisite: Senior status.

    • BOR 4354 Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice Agencies (3-0). The study of theories and practices in areas of legality, morality, values, and ethics as they pertain to criminal justice. Included will be such topics as police corruption, brutality, and methods of dealing with such practices, as well as the concept of profession and professional conduct. This course is for Border Security majors and minors only. (Credit may not be earned for this course and for Criminal Justice 4354.)Prerequisite: Senior status.

    • BOR 4351 Critical Infrastructure Protection (3-0). The evolution and principles of critical infrastructure, in both the private and public sectors, vital to their community, state, or the nation are identified. Risk assessments are performed and students address risk mitigation plans and appropriate countermeasures to a variety of threats from an all-hazards perspective. Includes instruction in homeland security policy, critical infrastructure policy, threat assessment, physical security, personnel security, operational security, contingency planning, case analyses of specific industries and systems, redundancy planning, emergency and disaster planning, security systems, and intelligence operations.

    • BOR 4330 Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Planning (3-0). Effective emergency planning is the key to surviving natural and man-made disasters. Risk analysis and the formulation of a comprehensive plan, followed by a vigorous and continuing testing program, are essential elements to surviving an emergency. Topics covered include threat assessment, risk analysis, formulating a response plan, staffing an emergency operations center (EOC), interagency coordination and liaison, managing an actual incident, and conducting effective follow-up analysis. Student will select a critical infrastructure component within their communities, evaluate/establish strategic planning to respond to a disaster at that location, consider environmental impacts of a disaster, and present a portfolio of their analysis and response plans in an appropriate format. Actual case studies are discussed. Students are expected to participate actively in role-playing responses to disaster scenarios provide by the professor.

    • BOR 3340 Legal and Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security (3-0). Students receive an in-depth overview of laws, policy, strategy, organization, and plans for dealing with various natural, accidental and premeditated threats to homeland security. Students review the respective and relative roles and responsibilities of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens for U.S. national security. Students discuss various policy and strategy issues, including balancing security and civil liberties and information sharing and protection and the USA Patriot Act. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Criminal Justice 3340.)

    • BOR 3301 Studies in Homeland Security (3-0). This course introduces the student to the field of Border Security Studies. Students focus on a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of border security from an all-hazards perspective. Border security is viewed as a fundamental component of Homeland Security, and as such students examine a wide variety of threats to the homeland. This course incorporates the concepts of critical infrastructure, gathering and analysis of strategic intelligence, and develops the student’s technical writing skills. Students review the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens in homeland security. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3101 or Criminal Justice 3301.)