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Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Lead Faculty: Dr. Kenneth Goldberg

The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (BS-HSEM) program provides graduates with a foundation in the security issues; practices, politics and cultures of terrorism; best practices to cope with a pending emergency; and operations during and recovery from an emergency. The program also focuses on the management aspects of disasters and emergencies. More importantly, the program focuses on developing well rounded decision makers with a background in leadership and ethics. Students will conduct research on various government and private sector entities and report on suggested improvements in preparing for an emergency. The program prepares well-rounded graduates to work in a variety of homeland security and emergency preparedness capacities such as land borders, seaports and airports, threat assessment, disaster management, and crisis response planning and management. The goal of the program is to develop both the critical acumen and theoretical outcomes before, during, and after emergencies. Graduates will develop the ability to write emergency plans, implement and manage emergency plans, and assist decision makers on recovery issues.

The BS-HSEM program is designed for students who aspire to work in the security, business continuity and disaster management fields in the public sector (city, state or federal governments), nonprofit organizations and private industry. It is also appropriate for military personnel of all ranks, mid-level managers, and managers seeking promotion within the various levels of government and private industry.

The BS-HSEM program is composed of 11 core courses and five electives offered in an accelerated one-month onsite and online formats. As an introduction, students are offered a broad overview of security management, current issues in homeland security, and the culture and politics of terrorists. The remaining five courses expose the student to direct management strategies for preparing for emergencies and responding to disasters including related ethical issues. Together these courses provide a theoretical and practical foundation for managing security issues and addressing emergencies.

Bachelor of Science Homeland Security and Emergency Management/Master of Public Administration (BS-HSEM/MPA) Transition Program

Students who are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program and have at least a GPA of 3.0 and are within six courses of graduation, may register for the BS-HSEM/MPA transition program by asking their admission advisor to submit a plan change into the transition program and by taking two MPA classes as electives during the BS-HSEM program. To be eligible, students must apply for and begin the MPA program within six months of completing their BS-HSEM program. Students may choose up to two of the graduate-level public administration courses with the exception of PAD 631 and PAD 644.

For students in the BS-HSEM/MPA transition program, the University will waive two graduate-level public administration courses taken as part of the bachelor's degree, but these students must still meet the residency requirements for the MPA.

Bachelor of Science Homeland Security and Emergency Management / Master of Science Homeland Security and Emergency Management (BS-HSEM/MS-HSEM) Transition Program

Students who are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program and have at least a GPA of 3.0 and are within six courses of graduation, may register for the BS-HSEM/MS-HSEM transition program by asking their admission advisor to submit a plan change into the transition program and by taking two MS-HSEM classes as electives during the BS-HSEM program. To be eligible, students must apply for and begin the MS-HSEM program within six months of completing their BS-HSEM program. Students may choose up to two of the graduate-level HSE courses with the exception of HSE 610A or a course that has an unfulfilled prerequisite.

For students in the BS-HSEM/MS-HSEM transition program, the University will waive two graduate-level HSEM courses taken as part of the bachelor's degree, but these students must still meet the residency requirements for the MS-HSEM.

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management/Master of Criminal Justice (BS-HSEM/MCJ) Transition Program

Students who are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program and have at least a GPA of 3.0 and are within six courses of graduation, may register for the BS-HSEM/MCJ transition program by asking their admission advisor to submit a plan change into the transition program and by taking any two MCJ classes as electives during the BS-HSEM program. To be eligible, students must apply for and begin the MCJ program within six months of completing their BS-HSEM program. Students may choose up to two of the MCJ courses that do not require a prerequisite.

For students in the BS-HSEM/MCJ transition program, the University will waive two graduate-level criminal justice courses taken as part of the bachelor's degree, but these students must still meet the residency requirements for the MCJ.

Supervised Senior Project Information

The Supervised Senior Project is designed to be a comprehensive project. Therefore, students should schedule HSE 490 toward the end of their degree program. The minimum requirements are the completion of at least 27 quarter units of the major requirements in the HSEM program.

To complete the project satisfactorily, students apply extensive effort in research and writing over a period of two months. Due to the time and effort required for this project, it is recommended that students dedicate themselves to the completion of this project without academic distraction.

The Supervised Senior Project has H/S/U grading only. Students who do not complete the Supervised Senior Project within the two-month period are eligible, at the discretion of the instructor, to receive a grade of “IP” which allows 12 months from the start date of the class for the student to complete. Students who do not complete the project by the end of the specified time period will need to retake HSE 490. No grade of “I” (Incomplete) can be given for this course.

CAEL Portfolio

In partnership with the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), National University has developed a portfolio-based system of demonstrating that a student has achieved the course outcomes for University undergraduate courses. Credit may apply towards both the lower division and upper division credit requirements of the University's undergraduate degree programs unless specified otherwise in policy or limited by the state or jurisdiction of a student's residence. In our Portfolio program, students demonstrate that what they already know is equivalent to what they would have learned in an equivalent college course. The program is designed to be as flexible as possible to meet students’ needs. Students may have acquired this knowledge through past employment, independent reading and study, training programs or in-service courses, volunteer service, cultural or artistic pursuits, hobbies and recreational pastimes, community or religious activities, organizational memberships, adult education, non-credit courses, study abroad, military training not evaluated for credit by ACE, or other experiences. A portfolio enables students to identify and articulate this knowledge, and potentially earn credit for it. Students learn the process of identifying areas of course-equivalent learning and portfolio development skills through the PRLX1000 course offered through the Division of Extended Learning. The resulting portfolio is submitted for review by Subject Matter Experts for potential award of credit. For further information regarding the Portfolio program, please contact extlearning@nu.edu.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply relevant criticism in sustained analysis and interpretations of security management thinking.
  2. Evaluate emergency disaster pre-plans, recovery plans, and after-action reports.
  3. Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, pertaining to domestic security management and past breaches of security within the United States.
  4. Apply analytical skills in approaching ethical dilemmas and implications of technology and other areas faced in government and private industry.
  5. Describe the political and religious implications of the terrorist climate.
  6. Describe and analyze the role groups and teams have in organizations as they relate to addressing homeland security and emergency management issues.
  7. Describe the roles local, state and federal government agencies have in addressing homeland security and emergency management issues.
  8. Develop written, oral communication and critical thinking skills.

Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as described below, 76.5 quarter units must be completed at the upper division level, 45 quarter units must be completed in residence at National University and a minimum of 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements must be completed. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Requirements for the Major (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Electives (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
    Students can select any appropriate upper division course to complete the required upper division electives.

Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.

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