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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. 

    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
    Academic Major
    Courses Hours
    Border Security 3301, 3340, 4330, 4351, 4354, 4389 18

    Border Security (advanced)


    Cultural Competence 3310, 3312

    Major Support Courses
    Courses Hours
    Cultural Competence 2323 3
    Mathematics 1332, 1342 3
    Core Curriculum
    Courses Hours
    Core Curriculum. Students should be aware that some majors specify particular courses to meet core-curriculum requirements when options are available. 42
    Courses Hours
    Minor 18
    Courses Hours
    Electives 18
  • Courses
    • CUL 3312 Cultural Competence: Making Sense of the World II (3-0).  This course is a continuation of Cultural Competence 3310 that extends its anal­ysis of cultural constructs to include specific issues related to international relations, solutions to global problems, and national security.

    • CUL 3310 Introduction to Cultural Competence: Making Sense of the World I (3-0). This course serves as an introduction to various analytical ap­proaches for understanding the dynamics of cross-cultural interaction. Students will explore the variety of “worlds” made visible through the lens of theory. The course aims to foster critical thinking about how cultural constructs shape our understanding of the world and attempted solutions to global problems.

    • 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. 

    • 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 Issues in International Relations (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.)

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