Homeland Security (Certificate)

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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)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Required Courses -- 15 credit hours
Elective Courses (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all coursework.
Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice majors who are also pursuing the Homeland Security certificate may not use CRJ 412: International Terrorism, CRJ 417: Cyber Terrorism, CRJ 419: Domestic Terrorism, CRJ 422: Violence in America, CRJ 455: Police and International Terrorism, CRJ 456: Etiology of Martyrdom, CRJ 462: Gangs, CRJ 463: White Collar Crime, and CRJ 464: Organized Crime toward both their major and the certificate. These courses will only be used toward the certificate requirements.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Degree requirements

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.

Enrollment requirements

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.

Career outlook

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.

What are ASU's Online Programs?

ASU Online offers programs like Homeland Security in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.

More information on the program is available directly from ASU Online.