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Homeland Security Undergraduate Course Descriptions

HLS 101 Introduction to Homeland Security.  (3) A. Principles and practices associated with the emerging discipline of homeland security.  Policies, directives, national plans, and legislation that shape and define the ongoing evolution of homeland security.  Key issues including civil liberties and diversity.  Relationship to public safety, private security, and national security.

HLS 201 Emergency Management.  (3) A.  Emergency planning and response for various risks, threats, and hazards.  Integration and coordination of different public safety disciplines; federal, state, and local responsibilities; role of private sector.

HLS 210 Physical Security (3) A. Principles of physical design and application to include physical security surveys, integrated physical security technology systems, and risk identification and mitigation. Credit will not be awarded for both APS 210 and SEC 210.

HLS 225 Legal & Ethical Issues in Homeland Security.  (3) A.  Survey of American constitutional and national security law, homeland security legislation and executive orders, and judicial opinions.  Review of international law, conventions, and declarations.  Examination of conduct codes, ethical decision-making, ethical leadership, and moral courage.

HLS 301 Critical Infrastructure Protection.  (3) A.  Identification, prioritization, and protection of critical infrastructure including information technology, telecommunications, chemical, transportation, energy, water, medical, emergency services, postal and shipping.  Impact on personal safety and economic performance.

HLS 310 Personnel Security. (3) A. Formerly SEC 250. Examines employee and contractor integrity through background screening, security awareness, ethics programs, and audits.  Analyzes special programs to protect key personnel, employees in high risk environments and workplace violence mitigation. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for SEC 250.

HLS 320 Security Management (3) A. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or departmental approval. Evolution and application of traditional and current theories in leading and managing corporate and government/industrial security operations. Areas covered include management, supervision and leadership of a security organization.

HLS 321W Critical Problem Analysis. (3) A. Prerequisites: ENG 102 or HON 102 with a minimum grade of “C” or ENG 105 with a minimum grade of “B” and HLS major or departmental approval.  Develop research, critical and creative thinking and communication skills for the security profession. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HLS 321.

HLS 338 Government/Industrial Security (3) A. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or departmental approval. Protection of government information, including classification, handling, dissemination, transmission, and storage of classified and sensitive information. Includes other administrative issues involved with computer/cyber security and protection of trade secrets.

HLS 341 Cyber Security. (3) A.  Overview of the national computer and networked infrastructure that supports national security, including system protection, Global and financial implications of cyber terrorism.  Impact of cyber security on privacy and civil liberties.

HLS 349 Applied Learning in HLS.  (.5-12) A.  Prerequisites:  Department Chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, a minimum of 30 hours completed.  The student works under faculty and field supervisors in placements related to the student’s academic studies.  A minimum of 80 hours work required for each academic credit.  May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 349 A-N HLS Cooperative Study.  (.5-12) A.  Prerequisites:  Department Chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, a minimum of 30 hours completed.  The student works under faculty and field supervisors in placements related to the student’s academic studies.  A minimum of 80 hours work required for each academic credit.  May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 350 Workplace Investigations (3) A. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or departmental approval. Overview and management of criminal, civil, administrative, and internal investigative processes in the workplace, to include interviews, reports, and ethical and legal considerations related to investigations.

HLS 380 Border & Immigration Control.  (3) A. Examines political and operational factors influencing border and immigration control at the federal, state and local levels. Analyzes homeland security legislation, practices and presidential directives focusing on issues dealing with border and immigration control. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HLS 435.

HLS 391 Vulnerability & Risk Assessment. (3) A. History and process of vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA) as it relates to the protection of critical assets and infrastructure.  Instruction in common VRA techniques used in both the public and private sectors.

HLS 400 Evolution of the U.S. Intelligence Community. (3) A.  Evolution of the US intelligence community from the American Revolution to today.

HLS 401 Intelligence Process.  (3) A. Key questions facing the U.S. intelligence community and its role in homeland security, national defense, and international affairs, with a focus on policy, oversight and intelligence support.  Collection, analysis, sharing and dissemination of information within and between local, state, and federal government agencies and the private sector.

HLS 402 Counterintelligence. (3) A.  History, structure and operations of the US counterintelligence community. Includes legal foundations of counterintelligence and critiques of recommended changes to the community.

HLS 403 Intelligence Analysis.  (3) A.  Examines processes used at local, state and federal levels to conduct intelligence analysis and develop intelligence products.  Includes advanced instruction in intelligence structured analytic techniques.

HLS 430 Domestic Terrorism (3) A. Coverage of politically-motivated extremist violence in the United States. Includes discussion of definitional issues, radicalization, major attacks, current threats, and principal extremist groups and their ideologies.

HLS 435 HLS Special Topics.  (1-12) A.  Study of contemporary issues and special topics in homeland security.  May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours under different subtitles.

HLS 441 Homeland Security Technology.  (3) A.  Broad overview of homeland security technology.  Technology as a tool to support homeland security regardless of functional specialty.  Contribution of technology to deterrence, preemption, prevention, protection, and response.

HLS 443 Transportation Security.  (3) A. Examines various mass transit networks and the security environment of each.  Analyzes previous attacks on modes of transit as well as threat and vulnerability assessments of U.S. transportation systems. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HLS 435.

HLS 445 HLS Field Experience.  (1-12) A.  Prerequisites:  Department Chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, and a minimum of 30 hours completed.  This course is designed to broaden the educational experience through appropriate observational work assignments in cooperating agencies.  A minimum of 80 hours of observation is required for each academic credit.  May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 451 Disaster Preparedness & Response. (3) A. Prerequisite: HLS 201. Concepts, theories, principles, programs and requirements of emergency preparedness, governmental planning, practice, exercises, hazard and risk assessment, and team building. Overview of the relationship of preparedness to response, emergency operations and incident command systems.

HLS 455 HLS Independent Study. (1-6) A.  Prerequisites:  Department Chair approval, a minimum GPA of 2.0, a minimum of 30 hours completed.  Individual reading and research on a problem within the field of homeland security.  Students must have independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment.  May be retaken to a maximum of six hours.

HLS 461 Mitigation & Disaster Recovery.  (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 201.  Concepts, theories, principles, programs, and requirements of pre- and post-disaster hazard mitigation; governmental programs, planning and practice; hazard and threat modeling and analysis; team building; case studies; project development.

HLS 465 Modern Natural Disasters. (3)A. Examines natural disasters to include earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, pandemics, and other events and how they shape current emergency management practices. Analyzes planning for and recovering from such disasters. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HLS 435.

HLS 467 Crime in Disasters.  (3) A.  Examines why some people take advantage of disasters and commit crimes.  Assesses strategies about how crimes during natural and man-made disasters can be prevented. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for HLS 435.

HLS 490 Creative Leadership. (3) A. Prerequisite: CRE 101 or departmental approval. Analyze public and private sector case studies using leadership theories within a creative problem solving framework. Group and individual case study analyses strengthen student creative thinking and leadership skills.

HLS 491 Emergency Planning. (3) A.  Prerequisite: HLS 451.  Emergency planning requirements, methods and applications for all levels of government and business, including hazard mitigation and emergency operations planning; also considers planning for universities, colleges and secondary schools.

HLS 495 Strategic Planning & Leadership. (3) A. Prerequisite: HLS major and senior standing or departmental approval. Senior capstone course requiring synthesis and application of prior course work in homeland security.  Students complete senior project within a strategic planning framework. 

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