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Bachelor - Criminal Justice: Homeland Security

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security program at Herzing University is designed to help students gain an understanding of the kind of interpersonal and organizational skills needed to seek work in public safety, law enforcement, or related sectors within the criminal justice field. Read on to find out more about this program now.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security program at Herzing University is focused on giving students the chance to see what it's like to face terrorism, criminals, and different policies as a worker in that industry. General education and criminal justice courses are designed to give students a broad understanding of knowledge related to their major as well as the rest of the world. By specializing in homeland security, students will have the opportunity to study not only basic criminal justice topics but also subjects such as terrorism and emergency management. In order to graduate from this program, students will be asked to complete a capstone project or internship as well as professional personal development classes. This program can be taken online or at a select Herzing University campus.

What Are the Prerequisites?

When applying to this program, students should expect to work on interpersonal and organizational skills they already have, while learning criminal justice enforcement techniques. Potential students should be able to speak calmly to others, regardless of the situation, and keep cool under pressure. Though requirements may vary, applicants should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Students will be required to complete a series of electives, general education, and core criminal justice requirements in order to graduate. This Herzing University program consists of at least 122 credit hours.

Required Core Criminal Justice Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 115 Criminal Law
CJ 120 Introduction to Criminology
CJ 130 Introduction to Law and Judicial Process
CJ 200 Introduction to Corrections
CJ 210 Law Enforcement Security
CJ 220 Ethics in Law Enforcement
CJ 230 Evidence Forensics
CJ 250 Juvenile Justice
CJ 300 Criminalistics
CJ 310 Criminal Investigation
CJ 320 Civil Liability in Public Safety
CJ 400 Criminal Psychology
CJ 420 Narcotics and Drug Abuse
HS 100 Introduction to Homeland Security

Required Courses in Homeland Security

Course CodeCourse Title
FS 100

Introduction to Fire Service
Introduction to Fire Science and Emergency Management
HS 205 Domestic and International Terrorism
HS 320 Critical Incident Stress Management

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 21.00 semester credit hours of open electives is required.

Required Capstone of Internship

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ 491 Criminal Justice Capstone Project
HS 494 Internship (online students may not be able to complete this course due to state restrictions)

Required Courses in General Education

Course CodeCourse Title
4.00 Semester Credit Hours Computer Applications
3.00 Semester Credit Hours Cultural Diversity
6.00 Semester Credit Hours English Composition or Literature
3.00 Semester Credit Hours General Education Electives
3.00 Semester Credit Hours Humanities With a Critical Thinking Focus
1.00 Semester Credit Hour Information Literacy
7.00 Semester Credit Hours Mathematics (College Algebra or Above)
4.00 Semester Credit Hours Natural Science With a Lab Component
3.00 Semester Credit Hours Social or Behavioral Science
3.00 Semester Credit Hours Speech

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
PD 121 Professional Development I
PD 202 Professional Development II
PD 214 AS/AAS/BS/Diploma Internship Preparation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once a student graduates from this program, he or she could pursue entry-level work in criminal justice or positions that might require greater levels of responsibility. Possible job opportunities could involve working with the government, with smaller organizations, or directly with people. Depending on a graduate's career path, additional field-specific training may be required.

Potential positions include but are not limited to:

  • Correctional Officer
  • U.S. Secret Service Worker
  • Police Officer
  • Security Specialist
  • Emergency Management Specialist

Advanced Degrees

After graduation, students could decide to pursue a higher-level degree related to criminal justice. By pursuing further education goals, students could be able to specialize their knowledge in specific areas such as public policy or criminology. If students wish to work with certain government organizations, they may be required to complete a higher-level degree.

Possible master's degrees include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminology