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To enroll in the Homeland Security Studies Program it is necessary to register as a Student at CSU-Pueblo.

Non-degree seeking students pursuing only the Certificate should select Political Science as their Major for Admissions purposes, and must fill out a Guest Application through the CSU-Pueblo Admissions Office.

Students pursuing the Minor can select any Major field of study.

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Certificate

The Certificate in Homeland Security Studies is a 9 credit-hour program for CSU students in any academic major and for returning or non-degree seeking students as well. Examples of such students include: those in the military; community law enforcement; emergency services personnel; or those simply interested in learning about homeland security. The Certificate curriculum revolves around a three course sequence including: Introduction to Homeland Security; Terrorism; and Critical Incident Management. Students in these classes focus on a wide range of homeland security issues, from national security and homeland defense, to the many features of natural and manmade disaster response, to domestic criminal and counterterrorism challenges.

Minor

The Minor in Homeland Security Studies is an 18 credit-hour program open to CSU students of any academic major. The minor provides students an in-depth understanding of the mission, challenges, and method behind homeland security. In addition to the three class sequence required for the certificate, the curriculum for the Minor includes advanced courses on: Intelligence and National Security; Threat and Strategic Planning; and Homeland Security and the Law. Students in these classes focus intently on the challenges inherent in the practice of homeland security and defense, including: the role of the intelligence community and how it operates within the domestic environment; the legal and constitutional pursuit of security; and the development of cohesive response plans to threats and incidents.

Requirements

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    Courses Required for Certificate (9 credit hours)

    1. Introduction to Homeland Security, 3 credits

      An overview of homeland security and key threats and responses. Major topics addressed include the structure of the Department of Homeland Security and its relation to member, state, and local agencies; strategic and military approaches to countering threats; legal elements; and the role of government-private sector partnerships.
    2. Terrorism, 3 credits

      An examination of extremist groups and private violence in the context of domestic monitoring, prevention, and response. Areas of emphasis will include recruitment and law enforcement vs. military approaches to counter-terrorism.
    3. Critical Incident Management, 3 credits

      The policies and practices of local first responders, inter-agency relationships, specific threats including infrastructure failure, natural disasters, political violence, and unconventional weapons.
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    Additional Courses Required for Minor (total 18 credit hours)

    1. Intelligence and National Security, 3 credits

      A detailed examination of how the intelligence community operates and its role in homeland security. Examines inter-agency relations as well as practical and political elements of domestic intelligence gathering.
    2. Homeland Security and the Law, 3 credits

      Explores the legal and constitutional aspects of homeland security and defense. Topics include the interpretation of civil liberties in the face of security threats, and sources of authority and constraint on practitioners.
    3. Threat and Strategic Planning, 3 credits

      Topics include the development of threat assessment and planning, public-private sector resource partnering, and crisis communications.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of intelligence and counter-intelligence concepts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant legal, constitutional principles
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the strategic planning interface between national, state, and local governments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conceptual aspects of counter-terrorism.
  • Understanding of interagency communications needs, methods and processes.
  • Compose and deliver professional reports, presentations and briefings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the strategic planning interface between national, state, and local governments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conceptual aspects of counter-terrorism.
  • Understanding of interagency communications needs, methods and processes.
  • Compose and deliver professional reports, presentations and briefings.
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