- Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia
Homeland Security & Terrorism
Protecting our nation is paramount to our citizens and critical infrastructure. The design of this major is to provide you the opportunity to understand homeland security issues and challenges in the context of an ever-evolving environment. While terrorism is a key emphasis, the program also provides the opportunity to plan for and assess real-world situations from a multi-layered approach of local, state and federal response viewpoint.
Protecting Our Country: This Is As Real As It Gets
The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) in Homeland Security & Terrorism major was developed direct response to the real security threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations. Protecting the citizens of our nation is as real as it gets.
The need for college graduates with a grasp of the complexities associated with homeland security and terrorism is clear. This innovative major affords you the chance to hone your professional interests while acquiring traditional skill sets needed to succeed in the 21st century.
TU students have formed a Global Affairs Organization (GAO) to promote interest on campus in national and homeland security issues. The GAO has arranged field trips, created a 9/11 commemoration, hosted an electronic SWAT training, and visited campuses of such national figures as then-CIA Director Porter Goss, former National Counterterrorism Center Chief John Brennan, FBI National Security Chief Willie Hulon and recruiters and other visitors from Washington.
TU Homeland Security and Terrorism Students Will:
- Learn about homeland security as a profession and academic discipline, to convey the purpose for homeland security, and to present the homeland security enterprise to include structure.
- Learn about the complexity of terrorism, security and contemporary or emergent threats, challenges and issues.
- Be able to describe the purpose of domestic and foreign intelligence, and the operability of intelligence in conducting domestic and foreign national security operations.
- Present and critically assess homeland security problem-solving strategies.
What You Can Expect From Your TU Homeland Security & Terrorism Degree:
- Graduates will be able to devise problem-solving strategies, using state, local and national instruments of power, for foreign, domestic and natural threats to homeland security.
- Graduates will apply accepted principles of homeland security by constructing an appropriate security and response plan.
- Graduates will be able to devise problem-solving strategies, using the instruments of national power, for foreign threats to our national security within the U.S. and abroad.
- Graduates will develop critical thinking and analytical skills as they apply to research and practical application of criminal justice concepts.
- Graduates will identify, assess, and prioritize threats, risks and vulnerabilities.
- Graduates will identify and coordinate resources to combat threats, minimize risks and reduce vulnerabilities.
- Graduates will be able to communicate within government levels, across government levels and to all sectors.
- Graduates will understand principles of managing people, financial obligations and projects.
- Graduates will understand and work within the environment of social, economic, legal, ethical, technological and political interdependencies of homeland security.
- Graduates will understand public, private, and non-profit institutional roles and responsibilities of homeland security.
- Graduates will work effectively within and understand dilemmas of collaborative networks.
Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours
Homeland Security & Terrorism Major
- NF154 Homeland Security Overview
- ENF212 Concepts of Terrorism
- ENF240 Critical Infrastructure
- ENF245 Emergency Organization and Management
- ENF293 Criminology
- FOR310 Threat Assessment
- HIS312 History of the Middle East
- POL151 Introduction to National Security Studies
- POL225 Introduction to Intelligence studies
- POL400 The Constitution, Liberty, and Order
- POL491 Capstone Senior Seminar in Homeland & National Security
- PSY344 Psychology of Terrorism
- SOC 265 Peace and Social Justice
Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice hours 121
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August
Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October
There are no related concentrations available
Homeland Security Overview (ENF154) - The course presents an introduction to the public and private sector dimensions of the theory and practice of homeland security at the national, regional, state and local level. The perspective will include an overview of the administrative, legislative, and operational elements of homeland security programs and processes, including a review of homeland security history, policies and programs. The student will examine, in general, terrorism and the intelligence issues that support homeland security operations.
Concepts of Terrorism (ENF212) - This course provides an introduction into the theories explaining terrorist behavior. It will examine the questions of what constitutes terrorism, terrorist groups and what economic, social, religious and other issues lead to the conduct of groups like al Qaeda. Additionally, students will be required to think critically about how terrorist groups form, what makes them disband and how knowledge is transferred among groups and group members. Further, it will cover the history and development of the term “terrorism” and the development of modern terrorism in practice.
Emergency Organization and Management (ENF245) - Every level of government bears responsibility for emergency response. A systematic analysis of the public agencies and an overview of organizations involved in homeland security will be covered in this course. Topics such as threat assessment, risk analysis, incident management systems, coordinating with supporting agencies, response procedures, the planning function, coordinated government efforts, crime scene operations, prevention strategies, response protocols, evacuation, medical support and conducting an effective follow-up analysis will all be covered. This class will prepare the student with information necessary to respond to terrorist acts.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Federal Law Enforcement Officer
- Local Law Enforcement Officer
- Office of Inspector General
- State Law Enforcement Officer
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
- U.S. Secret Service
While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:
- Department of Homeland Security
- Law Enforcement
- State Homeland Security