Homeland Security

Homeland Security Program

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or watch the news these days without seeing stories about natural disasters, terrorism, or cybercrime. If these stories have inspired you to want to help, Concordia University-Portland has the Northwest’s only program designed to train you to respond to these emergencies – providing the critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills you need to make a difference. And the crisis-management skills you learn here can translate to a wide array of careers.

Flexible program fits every type of student

Whether you’re just starting your college career or you’re looking to finish your degree, our homeland security program is designed to work with your schedule. The program is 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.

Learn how affordable a private university can be

Our admission counselors and financial aid advisors work with you, one-on-one, to help maximize available scholarships, grants, and awards, creating a customized financial package that works for you. And you can earn an additional $250 Visit Scholarship just for visiting campus prior to enrollment!

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 (3)
This course provides an initial exposure to national security studies and is designed to provide a basic understanding of this topic to those pursuing a major as well as those with an interest in this field of study.

HLS 302 - The Psychology of Terrorism (3)
This course emphasizes the study of the psychology of terrorism, and reviews those conditions that foster terrorism and suicide bombers as well as the psychological impact of terrorism on our local, national, and international communities. 

HLS 312 - Emergency Preparedness and Management (3)
This course explores the roles, duties and responsibilities of emergency managers on the local, state, federal and private levels. This course will also explore how managing emergencies differs from other security functions through its involvement with crisis management: decisions made with limited data, new or non-customary relationships, changing scale of responsibilities, and an evolving role of private industry and citizens. Students will also gain an exposure to the Incident Command System.

HLS 320 - Cyber Security (3)
Course work will study the threat, as well as policy issues that thrust cyber activity into the criminal realm, or the realm of international conflict and the rules of war.

HLS 332 - Social and Political Roots of Terrorism (3)
This course includes the study of terrorism as the impetus for the development of Homeland Security as a discipline and industry. It will define and address those conditions that foster domestic terrorism, as well as study the psychological impact of terrorism on our nation's communities. 

HLS 342 - Values and Security Policy (3)
This course explores the inter relationship between policy and values. Students will examine in what ways and to what extent Homeland Security policy is driven by the American value system. 

HLS 352 - Legal, Moral and Civil Rights (3)
This course will enable students to explore obligations from both a legal and community expectation standpoint, and will challenge them to consider the parameters of the security or emergency management leader's moral responsibility to the community including preparation, response and recovery. 

HLS 362 - Risk: Assessment, Analysis and Impact (3)
Students will explore how assessments are conducted, and how data is processed into a picture useful to the preparation, prevention and response to a disaster. 

HLS 372 - Interest Integration (3)
This course will explore various interest groups and their agendas, and provide the student with practical methods to coalesce these groups for the benefit of loca, regional and national security.

HLS 382 - Strategic Planning and Budgeting (3)
This course explores national strategy development, the existing strategies for homeland security, and provides students with a detailed overview of how these strategies flow into resourcing and budgeting.

HLS 406 - Character and Ethics of Leadership (3)
Students will explore contemporary models of security leadership, synthesize a personal statement of vocation informed by their leadership values and assumptions, and test their synthesis against a variety of assignments and practical experiences. 

HLS 454 - The Intelligence Community (3)
This course introduces the student to the intelligence community, the intelligence process, the legal and ethical conduct expected and required in gathering intelligence, and intelligence analysis. 

HLS 460 - Religion in the Modern World (3)
This course explores the role of religion in shaping the politics and conflict in the world today. 

HLS 464 - Building Resilient Communities (3)
This course will step students through the emergency management planning cycle (prevent, prepare, respond, recover) to illustrate how to foster community resiliency.

HLS 494 - Practicum (6)
This practicum is the culmination of the learning process where theory is first put into practice. 

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.

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.