Homeland Security

Homeland Security Program

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

Leadership in emergency training for people who live to help

A homeland security degree from Concordia University gives you the critical thinking and ethical decision making skills you need when disaster strikes – skills you can put to use for a career with FEMA, border patrol, TSA, cyber security, Secret Service, public health, maritime security and more.

If you’re already a first responder, this degree can be a key step in your career advancement.

With the most advanced simulator in the country, students can experience security threats and disasters first-hand, gaining crucial leadership skills. In addition, students spend time in the field as an intern, working closely with public agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations. It’s a combination of real-world training you won’t find anyplace else.

Multiple paths, one mission

In the public sector, demand is high for people trained in security, disaster, and emergency management. The need for skilled intelligence analysts, policy analysts, managers, translators, trainers, and technical experts is also high.

In the private sector, there is high demand for corporate security personnel in the defense, financial services, and technology industries. Public utilities and key infrastructure areas – such as transportation, health care, education, IT, and manufacturing, are using more and more homeland security personnel.

Here is a quick look at the types of careers available:

Mission Support: Work in the fields of human resources, facilities, budgeting, procurement, medicine, science and technology, training, intelligence, planning and coordination, detection, civil rights, and more.

Law Enforcement: Secure the  nation’s borders and enforce immigration laws. Careers in this field also protect the President and other heads of state, and are responsible for enforcing economic, transportation, and infrastructure security.

Cyber Security: Maintain the integrity of our Internet and technology functions .

Immigration and Travel Security: Protect the  nation’s transportation systems and overseeing lawful immigration into the country.

Prevention and Response: Protect the  public, the environment, and the nation’s economic and security systems. These careers also prepare for and respond to loss of life and property.

The greatest number of job opportunities are with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), one of the fastest growing federal agencies.

Leadership in emergency training for people who live to help

This timely and relevant program is offered in a highly flexible format that combines online and on-campus courses delivered in eight-week cycles. Courses are taught by active and retired police and fire commanders, military leaders, and federal agents, bringing years of expertise to each class. Curriculum includes topics such as emergency preparedness and management. character and ethics of leadership, social and political roots of terrorism, and the intelligence community.

Homeland Security Courses

HLS 301- Introduction to Homeland Security
HLS 302 - The Psychology of Terrorism
HLS 312 - Emergency Preparedness and Management
HLS 332 - Social and Political Roots of Terrorism
HLS 320 - Cyber Security
HLS 342 - Values & Security Policy
HLS 352 - Legal, Moral, and Civil Rights
HLS 362 - RISK Assessment, Analysis, and Impact
HLS 372 - Interest Integration
HLS 382 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting
HLS 406 - Character and the Ethics of Leadership
HLS 454 - The Intelligence Community
HLS 460 - Religion in the Modern World
HLS 464 - Building Resilient Communities

HST 332 - Race and Ethnicity in American Culture

HST 335 - History and Culture of India
HST 335 - History of the Middle East
HST 364 - Modern Asia
HST 365 - Introduction to International Relations

BUS 302 - Economics for Social Issues

BUS 329 - Operations Management
BUS 331 - Global Business
BUS 370 - Managing Human Resources

Take your next step

Preparing leaders for crucial operations

Combining coursework with practical life experience gives you the sought after skills employers are looking for.  In addition to meeting the objectives common to all Concordia bachelor of science programs, students in the homeland security program will demonstrate:


The knowledge, skills, personal ethics, and attitudes required to provide the leadership necessary to ensure the safety of America’s citizens.


The skills to properly detect, obtain, and process information regarding risk to communities, citizens, and critical state and national resources.


The specific knowledge and skills required to analyze man-made and natural threats so communities can anticipate, prevent, and counter them.

Team Building

The cooperative skills to unify diverse community stakeholders in order to create synergy through partnership and collaboration.

Questions? Contact me...

Braden Wells
| 503-493-6267
Transfer Coordinator