Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Slippery Rock University

Homeland Security, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Ethics, Values and Morality in Homeland Security Studies: Students will identify, explain and apply principles of ethics, law, values and morality to security-based scenarios and practices.
  • Multicultural Awareness in Homeland Security Studies: Students will develop and interpret understanding and knowledge of varied racial, ethnic and cultural entities and explain their role in security-based practices.
  • Professional Communication in Homeland Security Studies: Students will demonstrate ability to clearly articulate plans, strategies, analyses and other field-based communications in oral and written format, including the use of current technologies and media.
  • Professional Proficiency in Homeland Security Studies: Students will recognize, explain, report and demonstrate current field-based best practices in security management, threat response, and other knowledge/skills/abilities demanded by the field.
  • Writing Proficiency in Homeland Security Studies: Students will practice and apply principles of clear, professional, succinct and straightforward writing.

Related Links

Homeland Security, BS Program Page

Homeland/Corporate Security Studies Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
CSS 300Personnel Security 13
CSS 351Fraud 13
ENGL 205Introduction to Professional Writing 23
Major Core Courses
HSS 120Introduction to Homeland Security 13
HSS 130Principles of Emergency Management3
HSS 210Fundamentals of Terrorism 13
HSS 230Risk Analysis and Strategic Planning 13
HSS 300Terrorist Organizations and Lone Wolves 13
HSS 310Weapons of Mass Destruction 13
HSS 320Protecting Infrastructure and Key Assets 13
HSS 330Intelligence Operations 13
HSS 340Intelligence for Homeland Security 13
HSS 350Securing Virtual Infrastructure 13
HSS 441Terrorism, Law and National Security 13
HSS 460Capstone in Homeland Security 13
Cultural Awareness Competency
Proficiency must be met at the 102 and/or 103 (in place of 103 level course, one of the courses listed below can be taken)
Select one of the following options:9
Six to nine credits of ARAB; CHIN; FREN; SPAN; 101, 102, and/or 103 2
Zero to nine credits from the following list: 3,4
Topics in Arabic Culture 2
Survey of Chinese Civilization and Culture 2
Intermediate Chinese I 2
Topics in French and Francophone Culture 2
Latin America Since 1830 2
Modern Asian Pacific Rim 2
Modern China 2
The Contemporary Middle East 2
Israel-History, State and Society 2
Cultural Area Studies 2
Situational Spanish 2
Topics in Hispanic Culture 2
Spanish Study Abroad 2
Major Electives
Select two of the following:6
Experimental 1
Workshop 1
Selected Topics 1
Selected Topics
Selected Topics
Selected Topics
Managing Natural, Man-Made and Technological Disasters
Emergency Management Planning
Social Dimensions of Disaster
Research in Disasters and Emergency Management
Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication
Internship HS 1
Independent Study 1
Criminal Investigations 2
Artificial Intelligence in Cognitive Studies and Film
Multicultural Leadership
Self Leadership
Teambuilding for Leaders
Law & Ethics in the Workplace 2
Risk Assessment and Fraud Prevention 2
Minority Groups 2
Religion and Society 2
Social Inequality 2
Practical Computer Security 2
Introduction to Computer Forensics 2
Advanced Military Skills 2
Leadership Dimensions and Concepts 2
Social and Political Philosophy 2
Philosophy of Religion 2
The United Nations and International Law 2
International Political Economy 2
Constitutional Law 2
Total Hours60

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. Internships
  2. Job Shadowing
  3. Security Studies Club
  4. Project to End Human Trafficking Club
  5. Security Studies Speaker’s Series
  6. Department of Homeland/Corporate Security Studies Field Trips and Spring Break Trips

This program is effective as of Summer 2020
Revised 08.19.20
UCC 04.21.20

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
HSS 120 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
SUBJ 139University Seminar 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Free Elective 3
HSS 210 Fundamentals of Terrorism 3
MODL 101Modern Language Requirement 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Free Elective 3
Second Year
MODL 102Modern Language Requirement 3
ENGL 205 Introduction to Professional Writing 1 3
HSS 230 Risk Analysis and Strategic Planning 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Free Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
HSS 130 Principles of Emergency Management 3
MODL 103Modern Language Requirement 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
Social Science Inquiry 3
Third Year
CSS 300 Personnel Security 3
CSS 351 Fraud 3
HSS 300 Terrorist Organizations and Lone Wolves 3
HSS 320 Protecting Infrastructure and Key Assets 3
Free Elective 3
HSS 310 Weapons of Mass Destruction 3
HSS 330 Intelligence Operations 3
HSS 350 Securing Virtual Infrastructure 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Fourth Year
HSS 340 Intelligence for Homeland Security 3
HSS 441 Terrorism, Law and National Security 3
Major Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
HSS 460 Capstone in Homeland Security 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Major Elective 3
Elective 6
 Total Hours**120
  • HS Organizational Security Major requires 60 Credit Hours (36 Core + 9 General + 9 Culture + 6 Electives).
  • The number of free electives will depend on Liberal Studies (LS) courses taken and/or Minor.
  • The number of LS courses will depend on how much overlap there is between major courses and LS courses.

Major Code: 51HS
Revised date: 01.28.2021

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.