The Certificate in Homeland Security requires a minimum of 12 semester hours. The courses are listed as AHLT, CJFS, PHLT, and PLA. Courses are open to any undergraduate student or graduate student meeting program and course prerequisites. Whether a course can be used to fulfill major requirements will be determined by department in which the student is a major, and students may be required to take courses outside the student’s major program of study as university electives to complete the certificate. This certificate can be earned in one or two semesters based on the availability of courses assuming the student is taking at least 12 credits per semester.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 6 hours in residence.

Undergraduate students must earn 12 credits as from the list below. Graduate students are limited to courses at the 5800-level or above and are not eligible for PLA.

COURSE TITLE S.H.
AHLT 5807Epidemiology3
CJFS 3700Forensic Fire and Explosives Investigation3
CJFS 5840Critical Incidents and Homeland Security3
CJFS 5841Terrorism and Countersurveillance3
PHLT 5810Agents of Mass Casualty3
PHLT 5812Crisis Management in Public Health3
PLA 3700Prior Learning Assessment Upper Division Credit3

 PLA 3700 (or another number, if the PLA director so chooses) allows up to 3 credits from FEMA independent study courses and amateur (ham) radio operation. Because of variations of certification content, determination of academic credit for any individual certificate will be determined by the PLA director.

  • Identify principal hazards affecting public safety, including but not limited to natural disasters, environmental crises, epidemics, and terrorism.
  • Summarize principles and processes of emergency preparedness and prevention, including the use of countersurveillance and emergency preparedness and mitigation plans.
  • Describe key activities used in response to critical incidences.
  • Discuss ethical considerations related to countersurveillance and emergency response.
  • Participate in training activities related to emergency response, homeland security, and emergency communications, including access to appropriate certificates, when available.