Course Requirements: Political Science/Homeland Security Track, BA

Homeland Security Majors Choose a Specialization

Courses required for this major are listed below. You'll take all of the required courses, choose controlled electives, and pick a specialization in Emergency Management or Homeland Defense, each of which offers a variety of classes.

By bringing together key topic areas from several departments, your courses will be an excellent preparation for a career in homeland security and emergency management.

Other requirements for graduation include completion of the liberal studies requirements and a total of 120 credits.

Required Courses

Take all five required courses (15 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
PLSC 101 World Politics 3cr
PLSC 111 Power and Democracy in America 3cr
PLSC 260 Contemporary Political Ideas 3cr
PLSC 270 Fundamentals of Homeland Security 3cr
PLSC 300 Research Methods in Political Science 3cr

Controlled Electives

Choose three courses from controlled electives (nine credits)

Course Number Course Title Credits
PLSC 250 Public Policy 3cr
PLSC 283 American Foreign Policy 3cr
PLSC 355 Intergovernmental Relations 3cr
PLSC 370 The Practice of Public Administration 3cr
PLSC 372 Constitutional Issues in Homeland Security 3cr
PLSC 375 Crisis Management and Decision Making 3cr

Specializations

Choose one specialization and take four courses from that specialization (12 credits).

Specializations offered include:

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Defense

Emergency Management

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIOL 107 Introduction to Forensic Biology 3cr
BIOL 119 Emerging Diseases 3cr
BIOL 221 Environmental Health and Protection 3cr
BCOM 342 Intercultural Business Communication 3cr
CHEM 105 The Forensic Chemistry of CSI 3cr
COMM 101 Communications Media in American Society 3cr
CRIM 205 Policing and the Community 3cr
CRIM 255 Law, Social Control, and Society 3cr
CRIM 374 Environmental Crime and Justice 3cr
CRIM 401 Contemporary Issues in Criminology 3cr
GEOG 101 Geography of Human Environment Interaction 3cr
GEOG/RGPL 232 Urban Landscapes 3cr
GEOG/RGPL 316 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3cr
GEOG/RGPL 341 Climatology 3cr
GEOG/RGPL 343 Fresh Water Resources 3cr
NMDT 430 Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection 3cr
NURS 101 Disaster Awareness 3cr
NURS 102 Disaster Preparedness and Related Health Issues 3cr
PHYS 101 Energy and Our Environment 3cr
PLSC 371 Issues in Public Administration 3cr
SAFE 220 Hazardous Materials and Emergency Management 3cr
SOC 337 Society, Globalization, and Risk 3cr

Homeland Defense

Course Number Course Title Credits
BCOM 342 Intercultural Business Communication 3cr
COMM 101 Communications Media in American Society 3cr
COSC 316 Host Computer Security 3cr
COSC 356 Network Security 3cr
COSC 429 Digital Forensics 3cr
COSC 454 Information Assurance Administration 3cr
CRIM 205 Policing and the Community 3cr
CRIM 255 Law, Social Control, and Society 3cr
CRIM 321 Cybersecurity and Loss Prevention 3cr
CRIM 323 Cybersecurity and the Law 3cr
CRIM/PLSC 344 Terrorism 3cr
GEOG/RGPL 316 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3cr
HIST/PLSC 348 Top Secret America: The Rise and Reach of the National Security State 3cr
PLSC 350 The Presidency 3cr
PLSC 388 Dimensions of National Security 3cr
PLSC 465 Intelligence Process and Policy 3cr
SOC 337 Society, Globalization, and Risk 3cr