Homeland Security Lab

Homeland Security, Bachelor of Science

Criminal Justice and Homeland Security

Overview

The Homeland Security Program at St. John’s University focuses on the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure and populace from terrorism, criminal acts, and natural disasters. With the majority of this infrastructure (energy, transportation, telecommunications, agriculture, etc.) controlled by private industries, an unparalleled working relationship has developed between various levels of government, the private sector, and international partners. The Homeland Security Program explores these vital partnerships and provides students with a solution-oriented understanding of the multifaceted issues in the homeland security field.

The Homeland Security Students Association at St. John’s University bridges academic studies with real-world opportunities by sponsoring an array of interesting events and providing unique resources for all students interested in the homeland security field. From dynamic guest presentations to memorable educational excursions, the Homeland Security Students Association is a vital part of the educational experience at St. John’s University.

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Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security is designed to provide a professional dimension for the managerial and technological phases of homeland and organizational security. Students cover a diverse curriculum, including topics such as terrorism, asset and facility protection, intelligence and investigation, issues in global security, and border protection.
Students will be able to concentrate in one of these four tracks:

  • Organizational Security
  • Emergency Management
  • Intelligence
  • National Security

To obtain this degree, 120 credits must be completed. A minor in Homeland Security is also available. 

Admission

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
718-990-2000
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Admission Office -  Staten Island campus
718-390-4500
[email protected]

Internships 

Internships in the Homeland Security Program provide outstanding opportunities for students to apply academic content in a practical, real-world environment. Eligible juniors and seniors may earn three to six credits interning in various governmental security agencies and some of the most dynamic corporate security organizations in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Students receive valuable experience while making important industry contacts, which may lead to future career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

The homeland security field has been one of the fastest-growing industries in recent years. Government and corporate-sector employers are turning to qualified security professionals to protect valuable resources, combat losses, and mitigate hazardous threats. You can prepare for an exciting career in this field through this Bachelor of Science degree program at St. John’s University. Offered through The Collins College of Professional Studies, the Homeland Security Program prepares students for executive leadership careers in the homeland security sector.

Student Experiences

One of more than 180 student organizations at St. John's, the Homeland Security Association brings students into contact with the structures and procedures of the homeland and corporate security enterprise. The Association acts as an information center concerning career opportunities and job availability. It sponsors guest lectures, seminars, on-site visits and opportunities to meet and speak with practitioners in the field. Membership is open to all students.

Required Courses and Tracks

Major Area Requirements: 36 Credits

Required Coursework: 18 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1001Introduction to Homeland Corporate Security3
HLS1003Introduction to Organizational Security3
HLS1004Introduction to Emergency Management3
HLS1008Global Threats to Security3
HLS1010Introduction to Intelligence3
HLS1016Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection3

Major Area Elective Coursework: 18 Credits from any HCS elective including:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1002Contemporary Legal Issues in Private and Public Protection3
HLS1005Crime Prevention and Security Consulting3
HLS1006Security Concepts and Organizational Leadership3
HLS1007Security Investigations3
HLS1009Internship in Homeland Security3
HLS1011Intelligence Planning, Collection and Processing3
HLS1012Internship in Homeland Security II3
HLS1013Internship in the Protection Technology Industry3
HLS1014Advanced Internship in Commercial Security or Governmental Public Safety3
HLS1015Legal Aspects of Modern Security Investigation3
HLS1017Public Safety Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies3
HLS1018Intelligence Analysis, Production and Dissemination3
HLS1019Homeland Security Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism3
HLS1020Terrorism and Emergency Management3
HLS1021Emergency Management and Homeland Security Law3
HLS1022Sociology of Disaster3
HLS1023Computer Applications in Emergency Management3
HLS1024Introduction to CBRNE3
HLS1025Border, Transportation and Maritimes Security3
HLS1026Comparative Homeland Security3
HLS1027International Security Cooperation3
HLS1090Selected Topics in Homeland Security3
HLS 1100Homeland Security Capstone3

 

Business and Computer Science Area: 12 Credits

Required Coursework: 3 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
CUS1102Software Applications3

And 9 Credits from:

CourseCourse AreaCredits
ACCAccounting3
BLWBusiness Law3
ECOEconomics3
MGTManagement3
MKTMarketing3

Free Electives: 12 Credits

 

Other Liberal Arts Requirements: 24 Credits

18 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
ENG1007 to 1073; not 1040English3
MTH1003Introduction to College Mathematics I3
MTH1021Introduction to Statistics3
PSY1001General Psychology3
SOC1001General Sociology3
SOC1002Sociology of Institutions3

To earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security (Intelligence Track), students complete 120 credits, including core, major-sequence and elective courses as outlined below.

Major Area Requirements: 36 Credits

Required Coursework: 21 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1001Introduction to Homeland Corporate Security3
HLS1003Introduction to Organizational Security3
HLS1004Introduction to Emergency Management3
HLS1008Global Threats to Security3
HLS1010Introduction to Intelligence3
HLS1016Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection3
HLS1100Homeland Security Capstone3

Intelligence Required Courses: 9 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1011Intelligence Planning, Collection and Processing3
HLS1018Intelligence Analysis, Production and Dissemination3
HLS1019Homeland Security Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism3

Elective Coursework: 6 Credits from any HCS course

 

Business and Computer Science Area: 12 Credits

Required Coursework: 3 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
CUS1102Software Applications3

And 9 Credits from:

CourseCourse AreaCredits
ACCAccounting3
BLWBusiness Law3
ECOEconomics3
MGTManagement3
MKTMarketing3

Free Electives: 12 Credits

 

Other Liberal Arts Requirements: 24 Credits

18 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
ENG1007 to 1073; not 1040English3
MTH1003Introduction to College Mathematics I3
MTH1021Introduction to Statistics3
PSY1001General Psychology3
SOC1001General Sociology3
SOC1002Sociology of Institutions3

To earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security (National Security Track), students complete 120 credits, including core, major-sequence and elective courses as outlined below.

Major Area Requirements: 36 Credits

Required Coursework: 21 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1001Introduction to Homeland Corporate Security3
HLS1003Introduction to Organizational Security3
HLS1004Introduction to Emergency Management3
HLS1008Global Threats to Security3
HLS1010Introduction to Intelligence3
HLS1016Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection3
HLS1100Homeland Security Capstone3

National Security Required Courses: 9 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1025Border, Transportation, and Maritime Security3
HLS1026Comparative Homeland Security3
HLS1027International Security Cooperation3

Elective Coursework: 6 Credits from any HCS course

 

Business and Computer Science Area: 12 Credits

Required Coursework: 3 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
CUS1102Software Applications3

And 9 Credits from:

CourseCourse AreaCredits
ACCAccounting3
BLWBusiness Law3
ECOEconomics3
MGTManagement3
MKTMarketing3

Free Electives: 12 Credits

 

Other Liberal Arts Requirements: 24 Credits

28 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
ENG1007 to 1073; not 1040English3
MTH1003Introduction to College Mathematics I3
MTH1021Introduction to College Statistics3
PSY1001General Psychology3
SOC1001General Sociology3
SOC1002Sociology of Institutions3

To earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security (Organizational Security Track), students complete 120 credits, including core, major-sequence and elective courses as outlined below.

Major Area Requirements: 36 Credits

Required Coursework: 21 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1001Introduction to Homeland Corporate Security3
HLS1003Introduction to Organizational Security3
HLS1004Introduction to Emergency Management3
HLS1008Global Threats to Security3
HLS1010Introduction to Intelligence3
HLS1016Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection3
HLS1100Homeland Security Capstone3

Organizational Security Required Courses: 9 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1002Contemporary Legal Issues in Private and Public Protection3
HLS1006Security Concepts and Organizational Leadership3
HLS1007Security Investigations3

Elective Coursework: 6 Credits from any HCS course

 

Business and Computer Science Area: 12 Credits

Required Coursework: 3 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
CUS1102Software Applications3

And 9 Credits from:

CourseCourse AreaCredits
ACCAccounting3
BLWBusiness Law3
ECOEconomics3
MGTManagement3
MKTMarketing3

Free Electives: 12 Credits

 

Other Liberal Arts Requirements: 24 Credits

28 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
ENG1007 to 1073; not 1040English3
MTH1003Introduction to College Mathematics I3
MTH1021Introduction to College Statistics3
PSY1001General Psychology3
SOC1001General Sociology3
SOC1002Sociology of Institutions3

To earn the Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security (Emergency Management Track), students complete 120 credits, including core, major-sequence and elective courses as outlined below.

Major Area Requirements: 36 Credits

Required Coursework: 21 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1001Introduction to Homeland Corporate Security3
HLS1003Introduction to Organizational Security3
HLS1004Introduction to Emergency Management3
HLS1008Global Threats to Security3
HLS1010Introduction to Intelligence3
HLS1016Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Protection3
HLS1100Homeland Security Capstone3

Emergency Management Required Courses: 9 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
HLS1020Terrorism and Emergency Management3
HLS1021Emergency Management and Homeland Security Law3
HLS1024Introduction to CBRNE3

Elective Coursework: 6 Credits from any HCS course

 

Business and Computer Science Area: 12 Credits

Required Coursework: 3 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
CUS1102Software Applications3

And 9 Credits from:

CourseCourse AreaCredits
ACCAccounting3
BLWBusiness Law3
ECOEconomics3
MGTManagement3
MKTMarketing3

Free Electives: 12 Credits

 

Other Liberal Arts Requirements: 24 Credits

28 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
ENG1007 to 1073; not 1040English3
MTH1003Introduction to College Mathematics I3
MTH1021Introduction to College Statistics3
PSY1001General Psychology3
SOC1001General Sociology3
SOC1002Sociology of Institutions3

Core Requirements: 42 Credits

36 Credits from the following courses:

CourseCourse #TitleCredits
DNY 1000CDiscover New York3
FYW1000CFirst Year Writing3
ENG1100CLiterature in a Global Context3
HIS1000CEmergence of a Global Society3
PHI1000CPhilosophy of the Human Person3
PHI1020 or 2200 seriesPhilosophy3
PHI3000CMetaphysics3
SCI1000CScientific Inquiry3
SPE1000CPublic Speaking for the College Student3
THE1000CPerspectives on Christianity3
THE1040 SeriesTheology3
THE Any THE Elective3

And: Modern Foreign Language/Cultural Studies: 6 Credits from:

6 Credits from any second language or:

CourseCourse #TItleCredits
ART1000CThe Creative Process3
LAC1000CLanguage and Culture3

This program also has a Pathways to MPS Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Leadership. To get more information on our Pathways program, please visit our CCPS Pathways page or contact your academic advisor.

The Collins College of Professional Studies offers membership in the following honor societies:

  • The Collins College of Professional Studies Honor Society: Recognizing undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and involvement in campus, church or community activities. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 credits (30 in CPS) with an index of 3.5 for all coursework.
     
  • Alpha Phi Sigma: The Alpha Epsilon Rho Chapter of this criminal justice honor society, for students with a 3.2 overall index (including transfer credits) and a 3.2 index in the Criminal Justice major.
     
  • Order of the Sword & Shield National Honor Society for Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management, Cyber and Information Security, and all Protective Security Disciplines inducts homeland security students with an overall 3.25 index.

St. John’s offers access to outstanding academic resources. Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café and a full-service food court.

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