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Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security

With its long-standing history, reputation, and affiliation with the military, as well as state and federal law enforcement, The Citadel is uniquely positioned to help develop leadership capabilities in all aspects of homeland security.

The Homeland Security Certificate is designed to give students a broad understanding of homeland security issues and enhance leadership capabilities for those who currently work in local, state, and federal government. The courses also benefit non-law enforcement personnel working in areas related to homeland security such as cyber security, engineering, defense contracting and emergency management. Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature, purpose, and history associated with individuals and groups who pose threats to the United States.

Courses in this program provide a common homeland security framework that can be used as part of strategic decision-making processes within agencies. This program introduces students to basic homeland security concepts, applicable management principles, policy analysis, and enhances critical leadership skills necessary to successfully address security challenges within the nation and abroad.

The Citadel's Homeland Security Certificate program can be completed in the classroom or 100% online. The convenience of distance learning allows working professionals and military service members to pursue a graduate certificate online without interrupting their careers.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the Homeland Security Certificate program will gain knowledge proficiency in the following areas:

  • Homeland Security Strategy and Interagency Collaboration
  • Homeland Security Management Principles, Tools, and Applications
  • National Security Policy Development
  • Domestic and International Terrorist Groups
  • Ethics and Integrity Challenges Associated with Homeland Security
  • Leadership Principles and Issues related to Homeland Security

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the online graduate application along with the appropriate non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript for the baccalaureate degree and all other undergraduate or graduate work directly from each college or university attended.
  3. Submit a letter of intent, no more than two pages, which answers the following questions:
    • How has your education and experience prepared you for graduate courses in homeland security?
    • How will your knowledge, skills, and experiences contribute to this program’s learning community?
    • What do you hope to gain from this Homeland Security graduate certificate program?
  4. Submit the names and contact information for three (3) references familiar with your work.

Students who are currently admitted to a graduate degree program at The Citadel are automatically eligible to pursue the graduate Certificate in Homeland Security but are required to apply for acceptance into the certificate program.

All material must be received by the CGC office to receive consideration for admission to this graduate certificate program.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the graduate certificate in Homeland Security offered by the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice must complete five (5) out of the seven three (3) hour homeland security courses offered at the graduate level. Students who are dual enrolled in both the Master of Arts in Social Science (MASS degree) and the Homeland Security graduate certificate may count the five Homeland Security courses as their Cluster A requirements for the MASS degree. A stand-alone certificate in homeland security is provided to individuals who are not enrolled in a degree program at The Citadel but are interested in receiving a Certificate in Homeland Security.

Course Descriptions:

CRMJ 515/ INTL 515/ PSCI 515— Topics in Homeland Security
Three Credit Hours
Selected special topics or problems in the general area of homeland security to fit the needs of students as well as the specialized knowledge of the faculty.

CRMJ 555/PSCI 555--Leadership Application Course in Criminal Justice
Three Credit Hours
Selected special topics in leadership application within the field of criminal justice based on the specialized knowledge and research interests of the faculty.

CRMJ 568/ INTL 568/ PSCI 568 - International and Domestic Terrorism
Three Credit Hours
In-depth seminar on the nature of international, transnational and domestic political violence, with some attention to the phenomena of “state terrorism” (international repression) and its potential impact on the conduct of American foreign policy. The course also reviews and critiques current explanations for terrorist behavior. Issues addressed include conceptualizing and defining terrorism, the structure of violent politics, the lessons and patterns from the history of contemporary political violence, State support for terrorism, and counterterrorism as a public policy problem.

INTL-560— Intelligence and Homeland Security Administration  
Three Credit Hours
Seminar on effective management principles and practices as they apply within homeland security organizations. Organizational and management theories are analyzed and applied to the contemporary structure of homeland security organizations with emphasis given to a review of the research related to the development of leadership skills for homeland security management.

INTL 569/ PSCI 569 - National Security Policy
Three Credit Hours
Seminar which examines the components of United States security policy. Course discusses the roles and agencies involved in the development of national security policy. Consideration given to factors, both internal and external, affecting national security.

INTL 570 - Homeland Security
Three Credit Hours
Seminar on homeland defense and security. The course takes an in-depth look at the agencies involved in homeland security and the interagency processes which exist to integrate the services of federal agencies and state and local governments with armed forces and defense agencies.

INTL 572— Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Intelligence and Homeland Security 
Three Credit Hours
A study of the role of justice, ethics, integrity, and ethical behavior in the homeland security. The course examines ethical issues regarding the application of law and challenges associated with the protection of American citizens against internal and external threats. Consideration is given to the function of ethical conduct in the rule of law, use of authority, and exercises of governmental power as part of U.S. government responses to threats to homeland security. The course includes a thorough review of issues related to the rules of engagement, the U.S. Patriot Act, Border Patrol and Security, the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) regulations, and the treatment of terrorists. Ethical dilemmas and practical applications are explored.

If students complete this certificate and would like to continue their graduate education, all courses from the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security count toward a Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies.

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