Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM)

HSEM 301      INTRODUCTION TO HOMELAND SECURITY      Credits: 3

This course provides an overview to homeland security and emergency management. Students study the foundations of homeland security and provide insights to anyone with an interest in public safety. Students explore the definition of homeland security, the stakeholders and current issues, consequence management and crisis decision-making, and explore emerging threats under the national security umbrella. Homeland security is part of the American lexicon, and students will apply academic scrutiny to this emerging discipline.

HSEM 310      INTEREST INTEGRATION      Credits: 3

One of the most important skills for future homeland security and emergency management practitioners is successfully integrating stakeholders from disparate groups. As with any complex issue, emergency management and homeland security have a wide variety of partners, and their respective agendas may be at odds. This course will explore various interest groups and their agendas, and provide the student with practical methods to coalesce these groups for the benefit of local, regional and national security.

HSEM 315      RISK ASSESSMENT, ANALYSIS, AND IMPACT      Credits: 3

This course gives students the opportunity to study and analyze risk. Students will explore how to conduct assessments and how to process the data and leverage the findings to prevent, prepare and respond to disasters. Once a risk picture exists, security leaders can decide what to protect, and the impact of the loss of a particular asset. Risk assessment is a key element of asset protection and maintaining essential services for the American public.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 with a C or higher.

HSEM 330      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TERRORISM      Credits: 3

This course emphasizes the study of the psychology of terrorism, and reviews those conditions that foster terrorism and suicide bombers as well as the psychological impact of terrorism on our local, national, and international communities. Candidates will study the social aspects of terrorism, and how its use fits into the political spectrum of existing and emerging countries. Radical terrorist groups will be investigated from a cultural, religious and philosophical perspective.

HSEM 332      SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ROOTS OF TERRORISM      Credits: 3

This course studies a combination of factors that support terrorism, including former terrorist groups and terror leaders who evolve into legitimate political parties. It addresses the social aspects of terrorism, and how terrorism can influence the political spectrum and domestic policy. Exploring the social and political roots of terrorism, students will learn the relationship between war and terrorism, the use of terror as a communication tool, and an examination of the outcomes of terrorism.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 with a C or higher.

HSEM 335      CYBER SECURITY      Credits: 3

This course will study security in the virtual world. Course work will study the threat, as well as policy issues that thrust cyber activity into the criminal realm, or the realm of international conflict and the rules of war. Threat analysis will include some types of threat, theft of intellectual property, and infrastructure disruption.

HSEM 360      EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

This course explores the roles, duties, and responsibilities of emergency managers at the local, state, federal, and private levels with an emphasis on the preparedness phase of emergency management. This course also explores key components of emergency response plans and provides hands on experience in plan development. Students will study preparedness from the macro to the micro level exploring the topic from the national to the individual levels.

HSEM 365      VOLUNTEERS, DONATIONS, AND HUMANITARIAN AID      Credits: 3

This course explores the complexities of coordinating the unmet needs and immense anxiety of disaster survivors, with the structure and rigor of government public safety agencies and the capabilities of both organized and unaffiliated volunteers. Students will study the structure and goals of Volunteer Organizations Active during Disasters (VOADs) and spontaneous digital technology communities, active across the world. This course also examines the interface between international humanitarian aid efforts and federal coordinating agencies.

HSEM 390      TECHNOLOGY FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

Today’s fast-paced environment is reliant on technology for a common operating picture and effective information sharing platforms. This course provides a broad overview of homeland security technologies, information systems, surveillance technology, communications systems, and emerging and disruptive technologies. Students will examine the maturity of technologies along the adoption spectrum and develop and apply requirements for influencing future capabilities, focusing on new tools to support homeland security and emergency management missions regardless of functional specialty.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 with a C or higher.

HSEM 395      SPECIAL TOPICS IN HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT      Credits: 3

Topics will be announced by program director.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 with a C or higher.

HSEM 401      MORAL DECISION MAKING, POLICIES, AND CIVIL RIGHTS      Credits: 3

This course examines civil rights and ideologies that influence morals, government roles and policies to keep order. The American population fosters an array of opinions and attitudes about homeland security, laws designed to protect lives, government policies and statutes, and conflicts impacting civil rights and liberties. Students will analyze and engage in discourse to explore the overlap and dichotomies between the policy decisions of government officials and civilian values and morals.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 and HSEM 360 with a C or higher.

HSEM 406      CHARACTER AND THE ETHICS OF LEADERSHIP      Credits: 3

Students explore contemporary models of leadership, synthesize a personal statement of vocation, and test their synthesis against practical experiences. The course provides a forum where students identify and consider their own character, personal values, and workplace ethics. Students will understand the importance of ethical leadership in all aspects of life, and will appreciate the personal fulfillment of living and modeling ethical values and, perhaps most importantly, of serving others.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 with a C or higher.

HSEM 415      STRATEGIC PLANNING AND BUDGETING      Credits: 3

All national security efforts should flow from the National Strategy for Homeland Security since it is this document which drives all subsequent levels to include state, local and business strategies for local and national security. This course explores national strategy development, the existing strategies for homeland security, and provides students with a detailed overview of how these strategies flow into resourcing and budgeting.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 and HSEM 360 with a C or higher.

HSEM 440      CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION      Credits: 3

Protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure requires a multilayered security and emergency management approach. Students explore security threats to infrastructure ranging from low-level vandalism and theft, to acts of sabotage, denial of service, and terrorism. Critical infrastructure systems require quick response and restoration to service interruptions and failures constantly tested through emergencies and natural disasters. This course examines the need to manage aging infrastructure, strengthen resiliency, and protect against intentional attacks.
Prerequisites: HSEM 315 with a C or higher.

HSEM 450      RELIGION IN THE MODERN WORLD      Credits: 3

The course will orient students to the pervasive nature of religion in all aspects of the modern world with special attention to how social interaction with religious people occurs in contemporary society and influences politics and conflict.
Prerequisites: HSEM 332 with a C or higher.

HSEM 454      THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY      Credits: 3

Quality intelligence provides leaders on any level with timely analysis of relevant information. The challenge with intelligence is guaranteeing it is collected and utilized within legal guidelines and provides actionable details. Students are introduced to the intelligence community, the intelligence process, the legal and ethical conduct expected and required in gathering intelligence, and intelligence analysis. Students will better understand integration of sources, and how intelligence can be used to optimize decisions.
Prerequisites: HSEM 332 with a C or higher.

HSEM 464      BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES      Credits: 3

Resilient communities are those that have taken appropriate actions to minimize the impact of a catastrophic occurrence. Historical examples show that life is never the same after a disaster, but communities that survive and thrive are those that have resiliency. This course will step students through the emergency management planning cycle (prevent, prepare, respond, recover) to illustrate how to foster community resiliency.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 and HSEM 360 with a C or higher.

HSEM 470      MANAGING DISASTERS      Credits: 3

The fast-moving environment surrounding disasters is complex with rules and regulations for federal reimbursements. This course examines the competing priorities, required coordination, and different players’ roles and responsibilities during response. Students explore different scale disasters that test and overwhelm local and regional capabilities. Students will engage with peers and learn how disasters escalate with cascading consequences and gain knowledge about federal disaster declarations and systems to coordinate logistics and support of out-of-area resources.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 with a C or higher.

HSEM 494      PRACTICUM      Credits: 6

The practicum is the culmination where theory is put into practice. Students work with an organizational sponsor to resolve a real-world problem. Projects might include a threat assessment, or a detailed emergency plan. Plans and project proposals are based on problem definition and analysis, developing solution criteria and making recommendations to the sponsor organization. Students work with a faculty advisor and their project sponsor to propose solutions that meet the needs of the partner organization.
Prerequisites: HSEM 415 with a C or higher.

HSEM 498      HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP I      Credits: 1-6

This course enables Homeland Security and Emergency Management students to explore different career paths while they are engaged in this field of study. Students who locate an organization offering an internship related to homeland security and emergency management, apply their knowledge to real world organizations’ goals, objectives, and missions. Students refine their skill sets and build their portfolios with examples of their work, helping to prepare them during future job search activities.
Prerequisites: HSEM 301 with a C or higher; Program Director approval.

HSEM 499      HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP II      Credits: 1-6

This course may be completed following HSEM 498 to allow students to explore different career paths while they are engaged in this field of study. Students, who locate an organization offering an internship related to homeland security and emergency management, apply their knowledge to real world organizations’ goals, objectives and missions. Students refine their skill sets and build their portfolios with examples of their work, helping to prepare them during future job search activities.
Prerequisites: HSEM 498 with a C or higher; Program Director approval.