Uncover the ways terrorism, financial crime, gangs and organized crime threaten the United States and learn how law enforcement agencies, the military and other aspects of our national security system collaborate to provide defense against these threats.
The 21 credit hour homeland security certificate program provides students with the skills and credentials necessary to prepare them to enter fields specializing in homeland security. Students receive extended education in topics such as domestic and international terrorism, cyber-terrorism and advanced crime.
At A Glance
Homeland Security (Certificate)
- Offered by: Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- Location: Downtown, Online
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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The following courses are required: (15 credit hours)
CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, SB (3)
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices (3)
CRJ 412 International Terrorism (3)
CRJ 417 Cyber Terrorism (3)
CRJ 419 Domestic Terrorism (3)
The following courses are electives: (6 credit hours)
CRJ 350 Law and Social Control, SB (3)
CRJ 422 Violence in America (3)
CRJ 455 Police and International Terrorism (3)
CRJ 456 Etiology of Martyrdom (3)
CRJ 462 Gangs (3)
CRJ 463 White Collar Crime (3)
CRJ 464 Organized Crime (3)
CRJ 494 Media, Crime and Criminal Justice (3)
A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all upper-division course work.
Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
There are no additional admission requirements other than those required for admission to ASU. Students should meet with an academic advisor from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to formally add the certificate to their degree plan.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
Graduates of the homeland security certificate program find a strong job market in the public and private sectors. Employment opportunities exist in supervisory and management positions in criminal justice agencies (federal, state and local) including Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local and state-level law enforcement departments. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.