Student Learning Objectives

Vision of Homeland Security

  • Identify, analyze, synthesize, and disseminate information about threats and critical incidents.
  • Demonstrate an ability to appropriately use and develop new technological and scientific research to contribute to Homeland Security on a global basis.
  • Articulate strategies for optimization of Homeland Security principles for the benefit of the nation and its global partners.

Law, Policy, and Privacy

  • Create, design, critique, and/or reform public policies, laws, and regulations pertaining to HSEC.
  • Explain relationships of geopolitics and foreign policy to HSEC and complex problems like human trafficking and global commerce.
  • Identify important civil and human rights concerns generated by security needs and explain how to attain the appropriate balance of security with personal privacy, cybersecurity, and commerce.

Professional Expertise

  • Demonstrate professional familiarity with US national standards and HSEC protocols such as NIMS and ICS.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social media interactions as means of rapid sharing of information during disasters/events.
  • Demonstrate ability to find, write, and submit grants for seeking funding for HSEC.

International Aspects of Homeland Security

  • Use practical experience and an international/comparative perspective to explain issues related to HSEC by examining HSEC in at least two countries.
  • Build professional relationships with HSEC officials and business people while appropriately securing borders and ports.
  • Identify and delineate ethical issues related to HSEC including such difficult fields as counter human trafficking.

Complex Problem Solving

  • Interrelate the responses of the HSEC community to disasters of a natural origin such as fires, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and epidemics to the safety and wellbeing of the public.
  • Provide accurate and responsible communications with the media to assist in collaboratively responding to both manmade and natural disasters.
  • Provide new solutions to improve the relationship between travelers, commerce, and international borders with HSEC.

Program Learning Objectives

The mission of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security is to produce leaders from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds who can effectively and efficiently identify, design and mobilize the appropriate community resources to prevent, deter, preempt, defend against, and respond to terrorist attacks and/or other critical incidents and emergencies on the local, regional, national and international levels.