Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security

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Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security offers you the opportunity to build skills in emergency and crisis management and homeland security practices at all levels of government. Get more information about this online degree program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The curriculum of Purdue University Global's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security program covers topics in terrorist response procedures, domestic and international terrorism, homeland security management principles, crisis intervention, negotiation practices, and disaster recovery planning and implementation. You will have the opportunity to learn how emergencies, disasters, and attacks are handled at the state, federal, and local levels. Major courses address, among other topics, criminological theory, investigative processes, criminal justice management, crime prevention methods, and public safety careers. In the culminating capstone, students apply what they have learned throughout the program to a series of assignments that reflect their full understanding of these concepts and methods.

What Are the Prerequisites?

It could be helpful to possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills prior to entering this program. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will be required to complete 180 total credits to earn Purdue Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree with a concentration in Homeland Security. This total reflects 33 credits in core requirements, 88 credits in major coursework, 24 credits in the Homeland Security concentration, and 35 credits of open electives.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CM107College Composition I
CM220College Composition II
CS204Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
Choose one of the following:
MM150Survey of Mathematics
MM212College Algebra
Choose one of the following:
HU200Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
HU245 Ethics
HU250Humanities and Culture
Choose one of the following:
SC200Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
SC235General Biology I - Human Perspectives
SC246Fundamentals of Microbiology
SC250Fundamentals of Science
Choose one of the following:
SS211The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
SS236People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
SS250The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Criminal Justice Major Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ100Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
CJ101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ102Criminology I
CJ210Criminal Investigation

Crime Prevention
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CJ216Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
CJ227Criminal Procedure
CJ230Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
CJ340Applied Criminal Justice Ethics

Supevisory Practices in Criminal Justice
Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
CJ490Research Methods in Criminal Justice
300/400 Level Open Electives

Concentration Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ307Crisis Management in Terrorist Attacks and Disasters
CJ355Homeland Security
CJ407Crisis Negotiation
FS320Recovery Practices in Emergency Management

Capstone Course

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ499Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice


What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of Purdue University Global's BS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security program, you could be prepared for entry-level or possibly mid-management positions in law enforcement agencies, government agencies, airports, security firms, or corporate security departments. You might be involved in or oversee areas of transportation inspection, border patrol, cybersecurity, or emergency preparedness.

Positions you could pursue include:

  • Border patrol agent
  • Cyber threat analyst
  • Customs protection officer
  • Customs compliance coordinator

Advanced Degrees

As a graduate of the BS in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security program, you might consider pursuing an advanced degree in this field of study. A graduate degree could help you expand your knowledge of and skills in security, disaster management, and emergency response that could be beneficial if you wish to advance your career. Graduate degrees you could pursue include:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security