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Homeland Security Undergraduate Course Descriptions

HLS 101 - Introduction to Homeland Security.  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 210 – Cyber and Physical Security. Principles of cyber and physical design and application to include assessments and subsequent identification of countermeasures as well as policy development and implementation in an effort to safeguard life and critical infrastructure.

HLS 260 - Disaster Preparedness and Response. Examines disaster preparedness and response context, concepts, theories, principles, programs and requirements. Students apply course concepts using case studies and real-world scenarios.

HLS 301 - Critical Infrastructure Protection. 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.  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.

HLS 320 - Security Management.  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 AnalysisPrerequisites:  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 professional. This is a writing intensive course.

HLS 349 - Applied Learning (Internship) in HLS. 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 - HLS Cooperative Study. 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.  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 391 - Risk Analysis.  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 395 - Policy and Legal Analysis. Develop homeland security policy and legal research and analytic skills.  Includes coverage of international and U.S federal, state and local policy, legal and ethical issues.

HLS 400 - Evolution of the U.S. Intelligence Community.  A study of theevolution of the US intelligence community from the American Revolution to today. 

HLS 401 - Intelligence Process.  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.  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.  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.  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.  Study of contemporary issues and special topics in homeland security. May be retaken under different subtitles.

HLS 441 - Homeland Security Technology.  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 445 - HLS Field Experience.  Prerequisite: department chair approval. Designed to broaden the educational experience through appropriate observational work assignments in cooperating agencies. Minimum 80 hours of observation is required for each academic credit. May be retaken to a maximum of twelve hours.

HLS 455 - HLS Independent Study.  Prerequisite: department chair approval. Individual reading and research on a problem within the field of homeland security. Student 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 - Disaster Resilience. 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 – Unconventional Threats and Responses.  The course addresses concepts, theories, laws and authorities, principles, programs and requirements associated with unconventional threats to our nation that most likely would result in mass casualties, and pose large-scale responses and cascading threats.

HLS 491 - Disaster Planning and Exercises.   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 – Leadership and Ethics.  Prerequisite: HLS senior standing or departmental approval. Examines theories and practical applications of leadership and ethical decision making.  Senior capstone course requiring synthesis of prior course work in homeland security. 

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