Homeland Security Major (B.S.)
The UNH Homeland Security program is built upon the expertise and advice of subject matter experts from around the Nation. Its proven curriculum includes practical experiences, service and experiential learning opportunities, and consulting opportunities that together empower students to manage programs and to lead people. HLS 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 4-year curriculum is flexible and incorporates the ability for students to take 40 credits of “breadth” as either two minors, a double major, or a dual degree. Students transferring with an associate’s degree automatically satisfy the breadth requirement. Ultimately, the Homeland Security program empowers students to be successful on the job market or in graduate school.
Homeland security is a broad-field, applied liberal arts degree teaching students critical thinking, writing and analysis skills. As a result, HLS creates several graduate school opportunities and opens students to dozens of career paths in both the public sector (i.e., local, state or federal government), and 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 levels, 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 410||Introduction to Homeland Security||4|
|HLS 415||Fundamentals of Corporate Security||4|
|HLS 455||Introduction to Cybersecurity||4|
|HLS 480||Professional Skills in Homeland Security||4|
|HLS 510||Fundamentals of Emergency Management||4|
|HLS 515||Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience||4|
|HLS 520||Homeland Security Law and Policy||4|
|PS 505||Political Violence and Terrorism||4|
|or POLT 570||Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity|
|or SOC 656||Terrorism|
|HLS 580||Environmental and Human Security||4|
|HLS 610||Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security||4|
|HLS 650||Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security||4|
|or POLT 568||Introduction to Intelligence|
|HLS 760||Strategic Planning and Decision Making||4|
|or POLT 562||Strategy and National Security Policy|
|HLS 770||Internship in Homeland Security||4|
|or HLS 799||Thesis in Homeland Security|
|HLS 790||Capstone in Homeland Security||4|
Complimentary Block of Courses
In addition to the core HLS courses, students must complete 40 additional credits in one of five ways:
- two minors;
- a minor and a "coherent block"/self-designed concentration approved by the HLS coordinator;
- a second major or a UNH dual degree;
- an associate's degree transferred in to UNH;
- some other combination of coursework with consent of the HLS program coordinator.