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Bachelor of Arts: Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at the University of Arizona Global Campus is designed to help students take on leadership roles in areas like disaster management, threat assessment, or terrorist response. Get more info on this BA here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

What is the structure and principles of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security? How is an emergency situation evaluated? What are the components of emergency planning and response systems? You could expect to study these kinds of topics when you enroll in the online Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program at University of Arizona Global Campus. Other areas covered in the curriculum include counterterrorism measures, types of and responses to natural and manmade disasters, digital crime prevention and investigations, intelligence analysis, and criminal law. The capstone will require that you demonstrate your understanding of concepts and methods discussed throughout the program through the development of a security and emergency response analytical report.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in the BA - Homeland Security and Emergency Management program, you should possess strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills, as supervisors and managers in these areas must have the ability to create effective emergency response and safety plans, evaluate risks and existing response systems, and solve issues in threat protection, safety assurance, and recovery processes. Applicants to University of Arizona Global Campus should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To earn the 120 credits needed to complete this BA program, you will take 36 credits in the major curriculum, 43 credits in general education coursework, and 44 credits in electives.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
HSM 101 Introduction to Homeland Security & Emergency Management
HSM 201 Department of Homeland Security Missions & Current Issues
POL 111 Introduction to Political Science
CRJ 306 Criminal Law & Procedure
CRJ 310 Applied Constitutional Issues
SOC 333 Research Methods
HSM 318 Emergency Planning & Response
HSM 323 Revolution & Terrorism in the Modern World
HSM 433 Counter Terrorism & Intelligence Analysis
HSM 435 Psychology of Disaster
HSM 438 Introduction to Cyber Crime
HSM 497 Homeland Security & Emergency Management Capstone

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the studies offered in the BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program could lead to the pursuit of mid-management or supervisory roles in government agencies, corporate security departments, private security firms, law enforcement agencies, or security consulting companies. You could be responsible for developing safety plans, assessing threats, overseeing disaster recovery processes, implementing new emergency plans, evaluating protection systems, and managing emergency staff.

Completing this BA program could prepare you for such professional roles as:

  • Security analyst
  • Border patrol officer
  • Public security manager
  • Homeland security agent
  • Emergency planning manager

Advanced Degrees

As with many other fields, advancement into executive and directorial positions in emergency planning, disaster response, and security management could require a graduate degree; thus, you might seek entry into a master's degree program after earning the BA degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. As a master's degree student, you could expect to learn more about policy development, private security administration, organizational theory, budgeting, and risk analysis.

Some master's degree programs you might wish to explore include:

  • Master of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Security Management
  • Master of Science in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management