Homeland Security Major (B.S.)


Fully available on both Durham and Manchester campuses, 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, fully available on both Durham and Manchester campuses, 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 505Political Violence and Terrorism4
HLS 510Fundamentals of Emergency Management4
HLS 515Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience4
HLS 520Homeland Security Law and Policy4
HLS 580Environmental and Human Security4
JUST 501Research Methods4
or PSYC 502 Research Methods in Psychology
or PS 595 Research for Political and Policy Action
HLS 650Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security4
HLS 760Strategic Planning and Decision Making4
HLS 770Internship in Homeland Security4
or HLS 799 Senior Thesis in Homeland Security
HLS 790Capstone in Homeland Security4
Total Credits56

Breadth Requirement

In addition to the core HLS courses, students must complete 40 additional credits from either Durham or Manchester campuses, or both, in one of five ways:

  1. two minors;
  2. a minor and a "coherent block"/self-designed concentration (i.e., ROTC credits, or credits earned from another major). The coherent block needs to be approved by the HLS coordinator;
  3. a second major or a UNH dual degree;
  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, contact James Ramsay, HLS Program Coordinator, or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150.

  • Conduct research and work collaboratively to deliver professional, written papers, presentations, and briefs.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary or emergent threats, challenges or issues including natural manmade and technological hazards.
  • Apply knowledge and tools gained throughout the HLS program to complete a capstone project.
  • Complete an internship in HLS (or a senior thesis in HLS).
  • Recognize the concepts of ethics and professionalism in the homeland security enterprise.