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

Gain a solid foundation in criminal justice while studying crisis management, ethical issues in the field, critical infrastructures, terrorism and homeland security.

Next Online Start Date:

May 30, 2018

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online
Atlanta
Houston

Program Details

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

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

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
ENGL 106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL 107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH 125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV 103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV 106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV 109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Electives (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
Core
CRJS 101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS 105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS 205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS 210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS 220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS 310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS 315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS 330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS 355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS 405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS 499 Senior Capston in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives

Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses

Total Credit Hours: 45
Homeland Security and Crisis Management Track

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

CRJS 225 Foundations of Crisis Management 4.5
CRJS 370 Terrorism and Homeland Security 4.5
CRJS 380 Critical Infrastructures 4.5
CRJS 416 Homeland Security & Crisis Management Planning 4.5
CRJS 426 Communication and Crisis Planning 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

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.

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to 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
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – 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 credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the 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 Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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

Download program detail PDF

Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL 106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL 107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH 125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV 103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV 106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV 109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Electives (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
Core
CRJS 101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS 105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS 205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS 210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS 220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS 310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS 315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS 330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS 355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS 405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS 499 Senior Capston in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives

Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses

Total Credit Hours: 45
Homeland Security and Crisis Management Track

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

CRJS 225 Foundations of Crisis Management 4.5
CRJS 370 Terrorism and Homeland Security 4.5
CRJS 380 Critical Infrastructures 4.5
CRJS 416 Homeland Security & Crisis Management Planning 4.5
CRJS 426 Communication and Crisis Planning 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

Classes Overview

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

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

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to 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
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – 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 credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the 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 Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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