Increase your knowledge about homeland security and get ready to lead the organizations that defend against threats to homeland security and manage emergency situations by pursuing a bachelor's degree in homeland security.

The Bachelor of Science in homeland security at University of Maryland Global Campus can help you develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for management and leadership in homeland security. The coursework for this bachelor's degree has been developed by practitioner-scholars who work in a variety of homeland security roles and is designed to provide you with a global outlook, interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, and awareness of current issues in domestic and international security. You'll use actual homeland security information taken straight from government sources in your assignments.

This program is also available as a minor.

Students who complete this program may be eligible to reduce their total coursework for the following master's degree programs by 6 credits:

  • Management (homeland security specialization)
  • Information Technology (homeland security specialization)

About the Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree

In your courses, you'll focus on the security issues of homeland security, including international and domestic terrorism, infrastructure protection, strategic planning, international relations, intelligence operations, and evaluation. You'll also learn about ethics, research and technology, legal and political issues, and leadership. Management competencies covered include strategic planning, legal awareness, aspects of intelligence and international relations, ethics, decision making, and supervision.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Lead, manage, and motivate others, developing their knowledge and skills, to establish and achieve strategic and operational homeland security goals and interface with internal and external audiences
  • Manage technology and information for the protection and recovery of critical infrastructure/information in a hostile or emergency environment
  • Navigate the financial, personnel, legal, and political information of public or private organizations to identify, evaluate, and address organizational needs, requirements, and resources
  • Research, analyze, and synthesize complex intelligence information using various methods to formulate risk assessments and responses to emerging threats
  • Communicate, negotiate, and educate strategically and tactically across cultural boundaries with diverse partners and stakeholders within homeland security
  • Write concise and succinct policy, planning, and procedure documents for a variety of audiences to support homeland security operations

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify a homeland security issue
  • Analyze how the issue should be addressed
  • Present possible solutions, including implementation steps and recommendations

Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • HMLS 302
  • HMLS 310
  • HMLS 406
  • HMLS 408
  • HMLS 414
  • HMLS 416
  • PSAD 410
  • PSAD 414
  • PSAD 416
  • HMLS 304
  • HMLS 495

Related Required Course

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • IFSM 300

Electives

This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for management work in security risk assessments, operational recovery, and strategy development to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.