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Bachelor - Homeland Security & Public Safety

Would you like to seek work opportunities on the front lines or behind the scenes of homeland security? In preparation for such a career, you could apply to programs such as Herzing University's Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety degree program. You can learn more about this course of study here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety program at Herzing University strives to prepare you to someday seek work with federal, state, or local government agencies in official capacities. The program will give you opportunities to learn to deter acts of terrorism and to effectively offer assistance to those in need during the aftermath of natural disasters. Throughout your 3- or 4-year educational experience at Herzing University, you could learn to recognize security risks and potential threats to public safety even as you explore methods for responding to emergencies such as fires and pandemics. In addition, you will be expected to gain an understanding of law enforcement practices, public safety, criminology, court systems, fire safety, and corrections. This program is offered online and at select Herzing University campuses.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills if you are considering this program. You should be observant and able to function well independently or in group situations. Though requirements may vary, you should have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Along with general education, professional development, and elective subjects, you must complete homeland security and public safety courses. A capstone project and internship are also required. A minimum of 122 credit hours is necessary to graduate from this program.

Required Courses in Homeland Security and Public Safety

Course Code Course 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
FS 100

FS 101
Introduction to Fire Service
Introduction to Fire Science and Emergency Management
HS 101 Introduction to Homeland Security
HS 205 Domestic and International Terrorism
HS 320 Critical Incident Stress Management

Open Elective Courses

Students are required to take a minimum of 38 semester credit hours of 300- or 400-level open elective courses.

Required Courses in General Education

Students must complete a minimum of 37 semester credit hours in general education courses.

Required Capstone or Internship

Course Code Course Title
HS 491 Homeland Security Capstone Project
HS 494 Internship

Personal and Professional Development Courses

Course Code Course 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

Upon graduation, you might pursue entry-level employment with government agencies. You could also explore career opportunities in non-profit organizations and private enterprises. Here is a list of opportunities for which you might apply upon graduating from this program:

  • Homeland Security Specialist
  • Corrections Officer
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Personnel

Advanced Degrees

If you would like to broaden your career prospects, you might opt to pursue a master's degree. Some administrative and leadership positions may require you to possess advanced education. Following are some examples of graduate degree programs you could explore:

  • Master of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration