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Homeland Security

Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security

Program Description

Given the ever-evolving nature of homeland security issues in the United States and those impacting citizens and countries around the world, the classes in the homeland security certificate program offered by Southwestern College are designed to address a multitude of issues and challenges facing organizations today. Courses are taught by practicing professionals who bring real-world applications to each of the classes.

Southwestern College had been a leader in the offering of security curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Admission Requirements

Anyone interested in completing the Certificate in Homeland Security may complete a Southwestern College Professional Studies Application for Admission. The five courses comprising the Homeland Security Certificate can be completed in eight months or less without prerequisites.

Individuals completing the Homeland Security Certificate at Southwestern College may apply these 15 credit hours earned toward a Bachelor of Science degree with our major in Security Management or they can be applied as electives in other bachelor degrees offered by Southwestern College Professional Studies.

The Homeland Security Certificate is offered in an Online format. Five required courses are delivered in six-week sessions to allow maximum flexibility for busy professionals.

Core Major Requirements

SMGT311: Introduction to Security

The course includes a detailed review of the representative duties of the professionals engaged in private and public security. It focuses on the latest trends, concerns, and issues in the security industry today. This includes specific threat analysis, countermeasures, the security function, and fundamentals of defense. The course will also provide an overview of the historical development of security.

SMGT315: Physical Security

This course examines physical design, risk assessment, security surveys, barriers, locks, lighting, alarms, entry control, closed circuit television, and digital recording systems. The overall process of physical protection system design and integration is also extensively covered.

SMGT321: Homeland Security Fundamentals

A diverse group of topics related to homeland security are covered. Topics include, but are not limited to, critical infrastructure sectors and protection, weapons of mass destruction, planning and response strategies, national security, and public management. There is also a review of the essential coordination and communication between government agencies and private entities.

SMGT420: Emergency Planning

The course provides a practical process of disaster response planning and mitigation for security professionals working in both public and private organizations. A review of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is covered, as well as an examination of the roles, responsibilities, and interrelationship between FEMA, state and local emergency management systems, and other critical partners. The government's emergency resources available before, during, and after crises are also explained. The fundamental disciplines of emergency management are covered as well.

SMGT424: Terrorism‐Motivations and Adversaries

This course reviews the events, ideas,motivations, and histories that result in terrorist acts. In addition, it examines the theories that help explain the volatile behavior surrounding international and domestic terrorism, as well as domestic extremist groups in the United States. There is also a conceptual overview of terrorism which progresses to a focused discussion of the terrorists, investigation of the nuances of the terrorist trade, and concludes with a final analysis of modern terrorism.

Please note there is limited financial aid eligibility for this certificate program, consult your admissions representative or academic advisor for further information.