Bachelor - Homeland Security & Emergency Management

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Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program is designed to provide a fundamental education in security practices, emergency planning, and counterterrorism methods for those interested in gaining entry into this field. Read on for more information about this online bachelor's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program addresses the political, psychological, social, and legal factors in homeland security, emergency response, and disaster management. Topics covered in major courses include pre- and post-9/11 homeland security history, domestic and international terrorism, details of the Patriot Act, emergency operations management, first responder practices, intelligence data collection and analysis, disaster recovery coordination, and cyberterrorism. The program also examines constitutional rights, international relations, professional ethics, and information resources in emergency planning and homeland security management. A final capstone course provides the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the program to the development of a relevant research project.

What are the Prerequisites?

Aspiring students of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program should have strong communication and organizational skills. They should also have an interest in law enforcement, security, or public safety. Applicants should also have an interest in law, policing, or criminology. All applicants to Ashford University should possess a high school diploma or its equivalent; some programs may have more specific requirements.

What are the Course Requirements?

As a student of the Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at Ashford University, you will be required to complete 120 credits to earn this degree. This credit total represents 39 credits in major courses, 46 general education credits, and 38 credits in electives. One course totaling three credits taken in the major coursework could be applied toward general education requirements,

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Course Requirements

Course NumberCourse Title
Introductory Course Requirements
EXP 105Personal Dimensions of Education
PSY 202Adult Development & Life Assessment
Major Course Requirements
POL 201American National Government
HIS 303The American Constitution
POL 355International Relations
HSM 305Survey of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
HSM 311Ethics & Homeland Security
HSM 315Emergency Planning
HSM 320Emergency Response to Terrorism
HSM 421Research & Analysis in Homeland Security
LIB 323Revolution & Terrorism in the Modern World
HSM 433Counter Terrorism & Intelligence Analysis
HSM 435Psychology of Disaster
HSM 438Introduction to Cyber Crime
HSM 497Homeland Security & Emergency Management Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

State or federal government offices, law enforcement agencies, private security firms, and emergency response organizations are among the potential employers graduates of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program could contact after graduation. They could be responsible for administering safety, disaster management, or emergency planning programs in the public or private sectors.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Border patrol agent
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Emergency program coordinator

Advanced Degrees

Continuing education is an option following completion of Ashford University's Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program. Career advancement to senior management or executive positions in this field could require a master's degree. Advanced degrees you could be eligible to apply for include:

  • Master of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security Management

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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