Eleven days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was appointed the first Director of the Office of Homeland Security in the White House. This office oversaw and coordinated comprehensive national strategies to protect the United States against terrorism and effectively respond to future attacks. In November 2002, the Department of Homeland Security became a formal department with the passage of the Homeland Security Act. Since September 11, 2001, there has been a cultural shift in the United States for individuals to take ownership of ever present security issues by being aware of the history, theoretical, and practical applications of homeland security. This includes studying ways to minimize attacks and the damage they cause. The Homeland Security Certificate Program offers students an introduction to the security environment from a skills based perspective. This program introduces the history and missions of the Department of Homeland Security at the federal level and provides a local perspective of the role of the criminal justice system including courts, corrections, security, police, and social services. Students will also study tactical communication, technology, patrol procedures, security operations, and investigations. This program will give students an overview of the intelligence and counter-intelligence functions in homeland security.
Students will want to develop deductive and inductive thinking skills. Statistical reasoning skills is a helpful tool to allow students to draw conclusions and make decisions based on incomplete information. Students will benefit from being detailed oriented and possess good communication skills.
Upon completion of this certificate program, students are expected to able to:
Analyze the evolution of the Department of Homeland Security and assess the agencies and responsibilities within the department.
Examine skills and procedures used in communicating by radio in an emergency situation.
Assess communications principles in a public safety environment.
Compare and contrast structures and roles in security, justice, and social support systems.
Evaluator procedures used in responding to emergency situations.
Identify key Homeland Security responsibilities including intelligence, risk assessments, and vulnerability assessments.
Utilize standard investigative procedures.
Examine the roles and responsibilities in the criminal justice system.
Completion: Students must successfully complete 18 semester credit hours to earn a Homeland Security Certificate.
Homeland Security Certificate Program – Topics Include
Interpersonal Communications in a Security Environment
Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment
Physical Security Principles
Criminal Justice System
Principles of Investigation
Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication