Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Specialization in Homeland Security and Crisis Management

Online Homeland Security Degree

Examine how our nation is protected from threats both domestic and foreign by studying for an online degree in homeland security. American InterContinental University’s bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a homeland security specialization has a strong criminal justice foundation and takes a deep dive into terrorism and crisis management.


Homeland Security Degree Online Program Details

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Online Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security

Completing an online homeland security degree with AIU can teach you how the U.S. borders and other critical infrastructure are kept safe through intelligence gathering and by leveraging innovative technologies. Study laws, national security principles, and policies governing homeland security for efficient disaster management and threat relief.

Our homeland security online courses offer flexibility to earn your degree at your own pace. Mobile-friendly coursework helps you study toward your online homeland security degree while accommodating all your other responsibilities.

Your Graduation Team can help you navigate the enrollment process and help answer any questions you may have about the program. Find out how you could transfer in up to 75% of qualifying credits toward a degree at AIU, how to get credit for eligible military and work experience1, and how to customize your education with intellipath®.

What can you do with an online degree in homeland security?

AIU’s online homeland security degree program is designed to help you grasp key criminal justice concepts and understand national security policy, counter-terrorism methods, and crisis management. Successfully completing this degree can teach you the inner-workings of our nation’s criminal justice and homeland security functions.

Prerequisite for AIU’s online homeland security degree program?

There are no prerequisites to enroll in AIU’s online degree in homeland security. Your dedicated Graduation Team is available to support you along your academic journey, from enrollment to graduation.

Bachelor’s degree in homeland security curriculum

Our online homeland security degree program offers a research-driven, hands-on criminal justice education with a focus on the methodologies and operations of the homeland security sector. The curriculum has a strong criminal justice foundation that thoroughly explores crime theory, the U.S. legal system, crime victim studies, and constitutional procedure.

This online degree is designed to provide a comprehensive disaster relief education with FEMA modules, exploring risk analysis and emergency planning. An AIU education combines real-world experience and faculty members who have been in the industry for many years.

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1. Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

Homeland Security Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1 Course) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

CRJS101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS499 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives
Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses
Total Credit Hours: 45

General Criminal Justice Track
In lieu of a Specialization, select 5 Criminal Justice Electives from any of the Specializations below
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
Homeland Security and Crisis Management
CRJS225 Foundations of Crisis Management 4.5
CRJS370 Terrorism and Homeland Security 4.5
CRJS380 Critical Infrastructures 4.5
CRJS416 Homeland Security & Crisis Management Planning 4.5
CRJS426 Communication and Crisis Planning 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours : 180

Homeland Security Classes Overview

For a Homeland Security Degree Online, 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 study 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 is designed to introduce 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 is structured to 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 is designed to guide students into examining the motivations behind terrorist groups and the psychosocial impact of terrorist attacks. The course is structured to 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.

University Catalog

Course content subject to change.

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 have the opportunity to develop 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 study how conflict is an inevitable, and complex, yet normal result of working closely with others in a high pressure, stress-inducing environment. This course is designed to provide students with guidelines and methods for recognizing and mitigating high-pressure stress inducing symptoms. Students will explore how survivors of a traumatic event will have various psychological and physical reactions.

Homeland Security & Crisis Management Planning

This course is designed to 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.

Ways to Save on Your Homeland Security Degree Online

From grants to military service to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Homeland Security Degree Online 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 reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction 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

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

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"The online option attracted me to AIU. The online atmosphere was great. AIU provided the tools and all the different resources to help me be successful in my degree."

- Anthony Wheatley
  MBA 2018

BBA 2015

Classes Start September 25, 2019

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