Homeland Security Major (B.S.)

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The Homeland Security Program at UNH is fully available on both campuses - Durham and Manchester.  It provides students the tools to defend, protect, act, and react to a variety of threats, including threats from small- and large-scale attacks of violence and terrorism, to technological hazards or catastrophic natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

The Homeland Security Program is built around the expertise and advice of subject matter experts from around the nation. Its proven curriculum includes practical experiences, service-learning opportunities, and consulting opportunities that empower students to manage programs and lead people. It provides students with an impressive array of tools including how to do strategic planning, how to build emergency management and continuity plans, how to perform an organization-wide security and risk assessments, and how to design and evaluate exercises. The curriculum is flexible and includes the ability to either obtain two minors or to double major within four years. Ultimately, the homeland security program empowers students to be successful on the job market or in graduate school.

Homeland security is a broad field providing students with many graduate school opportunities and career paths in the public sector (e.g., local, state or federal government), the private sector, or the military. Students will find diverse and rewarding career opportunities in cyber security/information assurance; intelligence analysis; civil or Foreign Service; diplomatic security; law enforcement at the local, state or federal level; emergency and disaster management; immigration; border and transportation security; policy making; corporate security; risk management; critical infrastructure protection; human security; and more.

Students must complete 128 credits to graduate. All courses within the major must be completed with a grade of C- or above, and an overall GPA of 2.0 or above in major courses.

Core Major Requirements

HLS 410Introduction to Homeland Security4
HLS 415Fundamentals of Corporate Security4
HLS 455Introduction to Cybersecurity4
HLS 480Professional Skills in Homeland Security4
HLS 510Fundamentals of Emergency Management4
HLS 515Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience4
HLS 520Homeland Security Law and Policy4
PS 505Political Violence and Terrorism 14
or POLT 570 Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
or SOC 656 Terrorism
HLS 580Environmental and Human Security 24
HLS 610Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security4
HLS 650Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security4
or POLT 568 Introduction to Intelligence
HLS 760Strategic Planning and Decision Making4
or POLT 562 Strategy and National Security Policy
HLS 770Internship in Homeland Security4
or HLS 799 Thesis in Homeland Security
HLS 790Capstone in Homeland Security4
Total Credits56

 May be used to fulfill Discovery Social Science (SS) requirement.


 May be used to fulfill Discovery Environment, Technology, and Society (ETS) requirement.

Complimentary Block of Courses

In addition to the core HLS courses, students must complete 40 additional credits in one of five ways:

  1. two minors;
  2. a minor and a "coherent block"/self-designed concentration approved by the HLS coordinator;
  3. a second major;
  4. an associate's degree transferred in to UNH;
  5. some other combination of coursework with consent of the HLS program coordinator.

For additional information about the Homeland Security program on either campus, contact program coordinator, James Ramsay at james.ramsay@unh.edu or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.