Homeland Security Major (B.S.)
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 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 1||4|
|or POLT 570||Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity|
|or SOC 656||Terrorism|
|HLS 580||Environmental and Human Security 2||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|
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:
- two minors;
- a minor and a "coherent block"/self-designed concentration approved by the HLS coordinator;
- a second major;
- an associate's degree transferred in to UNH;
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.