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Homeland Security - Program Description

The Homeland Security program provides students with a combination of theory and practical skills in the subject area as well as offering a solid grounding in the broader justice system. As a result, students will understand the importance of the impact of technology, human resources and other organizational constraints on homeland security strategies confronting both the public and private sector.

Students In This Major:

  • Receive advanced training in identifying, protecting and responding to threats in both the public and the private sectors in the post-USA PATRIOT Act society.
  • Are familiarized with immigration law and issues related to civil liberties while involved in intelligence operations.
  • Receive the same certification in the Incident Command System/National Incident Management System as our nation's first responders
  • Individualize their final semester by either completing an internship with a criminal justice agency or completing five upper level criminal justice courses.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to the Bachelor of Technology in Homeland Security is competitive.
  • Students must be prepared to take College Algebra (MATH 121)
  • Students must have a high school average of at least 80.
  • Students must be prepared to take ENGL 101 or ENGL 102.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
    Recommended preparatory courses or their equivalents are:
    JUST 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    JUST 105 Correctional Philosophy
    JUST 110 Criminal Law
    JUST 111 Criminal Procedure
    JUST 209 Law Enforcement Communications
    MATH 111 Survey of Mathematics OR
    MATH 121 College Algebra
  • Admission priority will go to SUNY Canton Criminal Justice students. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required.


Semester I Credits

JUST 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 101 Composition and the Spoken Word (GER 10) 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (GER 3) 3
CITA 110 Intro to Information Technology 3
  MATH Elective (GER 1)* 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester II Credits

JUST 105 Correctional Philosophy 3
JUST 110 Criminal Law 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Natural Science w/ Lab (GER 2) 4
  Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3
  TOTAL 16

Semester III Credits

JUST 111 Criminal Procedure 3
JUST 201 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice ** 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 5, 6, 8, or 9) 3
  American History Elective (GER 4) 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester IV Credits

JUST 230 Fundamentals of Homeland Security 3
JUST 209
BSAD 200
Law Enforcement Communications OR
Business Communications
  General Elective1 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 5, 6, 8, or 9) 3
  Liberal Arts Elective (GER 5, 6, 8, or 9) 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester V Credits

JUST 303 Investigative Interviews OR
U/L Program Elective 2
JUST 326 Threats to Homeland Security 3
JUST 375 Terrorism Through the Ages 3
JUST 380 Civil Liberties & Homeland Security 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester VI Credits

JUST 314 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
JUST 355 Public Safety Incident Response 3
LEST 375 Immigration Law & Border Control 3
  U/L Program Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 15

Semester VII Credits

JUST 415 Emerging Issues in Homeland Security 3
JUST 420 Corporate Role in Homeland Security 3
JUST 425 Law Enforcement Intelligence Systems in Homeland Security 3
JUST 429 Introduction to Culminating Experience2 1
  General Elective 3
  General Elective 3
  TOTAL 16

Semester VIII Credits

JUST 430 Culminating Experience in Criminal Justice OR
(5) U/L JUST Electives1
  TOTAL 15

* MATH 111 or higher is required - NOTE: If you are enrolling in a course that is a prerequisite for a required course in your program, your TAP eligibility may be affected.

** Writing intensive course.

1 UL Program Electives are selected from JUST or LEST (300-400) level courses

2 This course is only required for students intending to take JUST 430, Culminating Experience, in the 8th semester

U/L=Upper Level Courses (300/400)
GER=General Education Requirement

NOTE: All newly admitted transfers and freshman transfers must attain a passing grade of 2.0 or greater to receive credit towards graduation for any UL JUST course.

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Nick Wildey