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