M.S. Homeland Security

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/graduate/homeland-security-ms.html

OVERVIEW

Homeland Security is the study of US efforts to prevent terrorist attacks, to reduce damages that may result from such attacks, and to respond to national emergencies not tied to terrorist activities. A number of government agencies and organizations coordinate efforts in accomplishing these tasks. The academic study of Homeland Security draws on a number of disciplines at A&M-Central Texas, including computer information systems, criminal justice, management, political science, and religious studies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Describe, analyze, and critique terrorism and its activities, goals and motivations, organizational structure and tactics.
  2. Discuss and critique counterterrorism concepts, tactics, organizational structure, goals and motivation.
  3. Discuss and critique threats to electronic information systems and ways to prevent or mitigate such threats.
  4. Apply basic management skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and decision-making within the context of public agencies.
  5. Apply concepts and techniques of research to the activities of terrorism or Homeland Security.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the MS Homeland Security major by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • Successful admission to graduate school.

Master of Science Homeland Security - With Thesis Program Requirements

All courses applicable to the program must be attained, at least 36 hours are required for the degree.

HLS 5300Linear Regression 13
HLS 5301Advanced Criminology 13
HLS 5303Race and Ethnicity3
HLS 5304Advanced Research Methods 13
or HLS 5306 Program Evaluation
HLS 5307Homeland Security3
HLS 5309Terrorism3
HLS 5315Graduate Proseminar3
HLS 5321Leadership and Supervision3
HLS 5322Advanced Ethics 13
HLS 5370Foundations of Information Security3
Thesis 2 semesters
HLS 5198Homeland Security Thesis3
HLS 5198Homeland Security Thesis3
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Science Homeland Security - Without Thesis Program Requirements

All courses applicable to the program must be attained, at least 36 hours are required for the degree.

HLS 5300Linear Regression 13
HLS 5301Advanced Criminology 13
HLS 5303Race and Ethnicity3
HLS 5304Advanced Research Methods 13
or HLS 5306 Program Evaluation
HLS 5307Homeland Security3
HLS 5309Terrorism3
HLS 5315Graduate Proseminar3
HLS 5321Leadership and Supervision3
HLS 5322Advanced Ethics 13
HLS 5370Foundations of Information Security3
Choose two of the following:6
Victimology
Forensic Anthropology
Logistic Regression
Program Evaluation
Advanced Research Methods
Religious Terrorism
Conflict Studies
Terrorism Studies
Theoretical Sociology
HLS 5090Comprehensive Exam (Statistics)0
HLS 5090Comprehensive Exam (Theory)0
HLS 5090Comprehensive Exam (Methods)0
Total Credit Hours36

Courses

HLS 5090. Comprehensive Exam. 0 Credit Hours.

The study and integration of Homeland Security knowledge in order to take the Homeland Security comprehensive exam for non-thesis students. Non-thesis students should register for the comprehensive examination during their final semester of graduate coursework, or upon permission of advisor. All comprehensive examinations will be written. A maximum of three attempts will be allowed. Thesis students do not take this examination.

HLS 5198. Homeland Security Thesis. 1-3 Credit Hours.

Prepare and write a graduate thesis in the field of Homeland Security. This course represents a student's initial and continuing thesis enrollment. At least six total hours is required to complete the thesis requirement. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted and the thesis is successfully defended.

HLS 5300. Linear Regression. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to multiple OLS linear regression, use of statpaks and outputs. This course assumes basic competency in upper-level, undergraduate statistics (3 semester hours) and prepares students for comp exams. Prerequisite: undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics, or instructor approval. This course is cross-listed with CRIJ 5300; only one may be taken for credit.Prerequisite: 3 semesters hours of upper-level, undergraduate statistics, or approval of instructor.

HLS 5301. Advanced Criminology. 3 Credit Hours.

In-depth examination of major theoretical perspectives of crime and delinquency. Theories are analyzed for their logical and empirical adequacy in light of what is known about the distribution of crime. Prerequisite: undergraduate or graduate coursework in criminology/victimology, or instructor approval. This course is cross-listed with CRIJ 5301; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: 3 semesters hours of upper-level, undergraduate or graduate criminology/victimology, or approval of instructor.

HLS 5303. Race and Ethnicity. 3 Credit Hours.

Addresses issues related to racial and ethnic minorities and crime. Perceptions of race, class, offending, and victimization are examined. Disparities in offending, victimization, law enforcement practices, trial processes, and sentencing are examined in depth. This course is cross-listed with CRIJ 5303; only one may be taken for credit.

HLS 5304. Advanced Research Methods. 3 Credit Hours.

The application of social scientific research methods that focus on criminal justice phenomena. Students critically examine research designs and published research. Students produce acceptable research proposals. This course is cross-listed with CRIJ 5304; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Research Methods or approval of instructor.

HLS 5306. Program Evaluation. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduces student to program evaluation, the need for program evaluations, and the methods used to conduct the research. This course is cross-listed with CRIJ 5306; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Research Methods or approval of instructor.

HLS 5307. Homeland Security. 3 Credit Hours.

Study the strategic, legal, policy, operational, and organizational issues associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland from foreign and domestic terrorist threats. Topics include legal issues in Homeland Security, effective interfacing between local, state, and federal agencies, emergency management operations, and planned response strategies. Maybe crosslisted with CRIJ 5307. Only one may be taken for credit.

HLS 5308. Victimology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course includes a comprehensive study of victimization, including the relationship between the victims and offenders, and their interaction with the criminal justice system. Students will provide a literature review on a topic of interest.

HLS 5309. Terrorism. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine the definitions, history, beliefs, practices, organizational structure, and conflicts involved in terrorist activities. Address funding and criminal connections with terrorist organizations, and discuss efforts at counterterrorism as well as the psychological aspects of suicide terrorism. Cross-listed with CRIJ 5309; only one may be taken for credit.

HLS 5315. Graduate Proseminar. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduces students to the department and faculty. Emphasis placed on effective study habits and writing skills associated with research, as well as other activities/parameters that will assist the student in being successful in the program,. This course is cross-listed with CRIJ 5315; only one may be taken for credit.

HLS 5320. Religious Terrorism. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine the religious motivations, support, and tactics behind the phenomena of domestic and foreign terrorism. Review case studies and histories of specific terrorist organizations, and discuss justifications for violence and terrorist targets. Cross listed with RELS 5320; only one may be taken for credit.

HLS 5321. Leadership and Supervision. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine leadership and organizational theories focused on identifying problems and solutions in criminal justice management. Utilize the case study method and current literature to explore how leadership styles, human resources, and the organizational environment impact management decisions. Maybe crosslisted with CRIJ 5321. Only one may be taken for credit.

HLS 5322. Advanced Ethics. 3 Credit Hours.

The practical implications and application of moral philosophy and ethics in a free society during the daily administration of criminal justice agencies and their impact on criminal events. This course is cross-listed with CRIJ 5322; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in Ethics or approval of instructor.

HLS 5370. Foundations of Information Security. 3 Credit Hours.

Examine fundamental concepts and principles of information Security Management, and Information Assurance as it affects modern business operations. Explore major issues and legal aspects related to physical, technical, and operational cyber security measures. Develop risk management skills, and learn business access security, communication and network security, operating systems security, and identity and access control management. Maybe crosslisted with CRIJ 5370. Only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): None.