Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

In this specialized curriculum, students can work with simulated models from FEMA and other agencies to understand specific techniques for protecting critical infrastructures, intelligence gathering, and technologies in homeland security and crisis management. Successful completion of AIU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Homeland Security and Crisis Management can provide students with an industry-focused look at the relationship between police agencies and the communities they serve.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Apply foundational knowledge of homeland security & crisis management across a range of disciplines.
  • Conduct risk analysis and create emergency plans and strategic communications for homeland security & crisis management
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of laws, national security and public policies governing homeland security and crisis management
  • Apply research and analysis of homeland security & crisis management issues
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of technology and critical infrastructure protection as they apply to homeland security & crisis management
  • Apply key research areas on terrorism, counter-terrorism and natural disaster concepts of homeland security & crisis management through various scenarios
  • Apply concepts of ethics and diversity as they relate to homeland security & crisis management

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Degree Requirements

General Education
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
CRJS 201Ethics and Criminal Justice
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
PHIL201Introduction to Philosophy4.5
MATH125General College Mathematics4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
General Elective4.5
General Elective4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective0-4.5
General Elective or Internship4.5
Total Credit Hours:31.5

Lower Division Core
CRJS101Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems4.5
CRJS105Theories of Crime Causation4.5
CRJS205Introduction to Criminal Law4.5
CRJS210Introduction to Law Enforcement4.5
CRJS215Introduction to American Court System4.5
CRJS220Foundations of Corrections4.5
Total Credit Hours:27
Upper Division Core
CRJS310Crime Victim Studies4.5
CRJS315Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory4.5
CRJS330Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures4.5
CRJS405Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice4.5
Total Credit Hours:22.5
Capstone Requirement
CRJS499Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice4.5
Total Credit Hours:4.5

Specialization Options

Homeland Security and Crisis Management

Specialization Outcome

  • Apply knowledge and skills needed by entry-level professionals in homeland security, crisis management and related professions within and external to the criminal justice system
CRJS225Foundations of Crisis Management4.5
CRJS370Terrorism and Homeland Security4.5
CRJS380Critical Infrastructures4.5
CRJS385Interagency Collaboration and Homeland Security4.5
CRJS390Stress and Crisis Management4.5
CRJS416Homeland Security & Crisis Management Planning4.5
CRJS422Psychosocial Dimensions of Terrorism4.5
CRJS426Communication and Crisis Planning4.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:

Foundations of Crisis Management

This course introduces students to various concepts and strategies involved in crisis management. Students will learn of different types of disasters (natural and manmade), organizational responses, preparedness, mitigation and recovery techniques.

Terrorism and Homeland Security

This course presents an overview of the key security issues facing the United States in both the areas of Homeland Security and Terrorism. It introduces students to the changing dynamics of homeland security at both the national and state levels. Students will explore the various dynamics of providing security in different settings. Additionally, the history and future of terrorism will be examined.

Critical Infrastructures

Understanding the concepts pertaining to critical infrastructure in fighting terrorism is a core component of Homeland Security studies. The student will learn how to identify the different sectors of critical infrastructure, and the assets within various sectors that must be protected. Various strategies utilized to protect key assets will be covered.

Interagency Collaboration and Homeland Security

This course introduces students to national security policies, the nature of the collaboration that exists between the various agencies involved in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Federal, state, and local agencies all play a role in Homeland Security and Crisis Management, and this course will assist students to understand how the various agencies interact with each other and work together to protect the nation from all types of hazards and threats. The importance of interagency and intra-agency communication and coordination will be covered.

Psychosocial Dimensions of Terrorism

This course guides students into examining the motivations behind terrorist groups and the psychosocial impact of terrorist attacks. The course will assist students in understanding the impact of fear and government response to terrorism in the media. The students will explore various ways that these responses shape public perception and attitude towards terrorist threats and attacks.

Communication and Crisis Planning

This course combines primary areas of homeland security /crisis management, i.e., intelligence, strategic planning, critical infrastructure, research and analysis, technology and strategic communications to provide students with a basis for developing a coordinated response. Students will develop an emergency plan to address preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery.

Stress and Crisis Management

This course, to be delivered in three phases, addresses conflict resolution, stress management and working with survivors. Combining aspects of sociological and psychological considerations, students will be introduced to skills necessary to help resolve interpersonal conflict under very trying and stressful conditions like those marked by catastrophic incidents such as a terrorist act or a natural disaster. Students will learn that conflict is an inevitable, and complex, yet normal result of working closely with others in a high pressure, stress-inducing environment. There will be persons with competing personal as well as professional goals, egocentric maneuvering for power and influence and petty jealousies. Working under pressure, often fighting fatigue, irregular (and often unwholesome) meals, dealing with strict timelines and often irritable personalities, stress accumulates and takes an exacting toll on a person. This course will provide students with guidelines and methods for recognizing and mitigating high-pressure stress inducing symptoms. Students will find that survivors of a traumatic event will have various psychological and physical reactions.

Homeland Security & Crisis Management Planning

This course will provide students with the necessary tools for planning and responding to Homeland Security threats and disasters, and for managing emergency situations. Students will be introduced to the "how to" aspects of planning.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
Related Degrees

Related Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Generalist Specialization

Learn the ins and outs of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, crisis management, forensic science and homeland security. AIU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree with a generalist specialization combines academic study of criminal justice with a deep exploration of the skills needed in the field.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Corrections and Case Management

Study how to interact with inmates, develop rehabilitation plans and study the ways corrections professionals can make a difference in inmates’ lives. With a Criminal Justice degree specialization in Corrections and Case Management, you could become an important link between incarcerated individuals, the criminal justice system and social services.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Forensic Science

When you pursue a Criminal Justice degree with a specialization in Forensic Science at AIU, you can study how to help investigators solve crimes, study the causes and theories of crime, and conduct a crime scene investigation.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Law Enforcement

Explore the skills and knowledge you need to enter or advance in the field of law enforcement. Study the relationship between police and the communities they serve and explore the fundamentals of criminal justice, including police ethics, public policy and how to develop programs that can empower communities to reduce crime.

Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a degree in Homeland Security and Crisis Management?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created following the 2001 terrorist attacks. Now, more than 240,000 federal employees work to protect and guard our nation from crises that include terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security comprises 17 federal agencies with a combined budget of nearly $65 billion a year in 2016.1

If you’re interested in a career in which you can work toward the important goal of protecting your community, state and nation, you might want to know: What can I do with a homeland-security degree?

Federal Careers in Homeland Security

Pursuing working for the federal government in agencies such as the U.S Coast Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is one option for those with a degree in homeland security.

Important careers within the federal government that require a homeland-security-related degree include:

  • Postal inspection, which protects the nation's mail system
  • Various roles with the IRS, working to catch tax evaders
  • Various roles with Federal Air Marshals, protecting our nation's flyways
  • Malware analysis, which searches out and destroys malicious software
  • Various roles at the FBI, working to protect the nation against national and international terrorism

1 Source: US Department of Homeland Security website

Other Careers in Homeland Security

Graduates with a homeland-security degree are also primed for careers outside of the federal government. Local law-enforcement agencies, protective-services companies and private security firms all prize graduates with a homeland-security degree. There are also countless other rewarding security-related careers with private businesses contracted by the federal government, as well as jobs involving crisis management and security with local and state governments.

Specifically, some examples of non-federal jobs that may be filled by graduates with a homeland-security degree include:

  • Campus police service, which oversees security on college and university campuses
  • State emergency management, working to develop emergency protocols
  • Counterterrorism analysis for a private companies contracted by the federal government to oversee the nation's efforts at combating terrorism activity
  • Internal security for private companies, protecting employees and the company technology from hackers
  • Detective work and criminal investigation for local and state law-enforcement agencies
  • Computer security, which protects company and government technologies from hackers and terrorists
  • No matter which path you choose, a bachelor’s in Homeland Security could be a great way to move forward with your career.

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