Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security
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Please note, not all courses are available each semester. Please check with enrollment advisors for course schedules.
PSAA 656: Fundamentals of Homeland Security
An introduction to the theory, practice, challenge and prospects for securing the “American Homeland” against terrorist attack, with special emphasis on how American policy makers are resolving this dilemma, and their prospects for the future; draws heavily on current events and emerging policy solutions as examples. Prerequisite: Graduate classification
PSAA 604: Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Provides an overview of emergency management and its connection with homeland security; topics include emergency management cycles, activities that fall into mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery phases of emergency management; other topics may include emergency management of terrorism, disaster communication, media relations, and performance assessment for emergency management organizations.
PSAA 605: Homeland Security Policies, Strategies, and Operations
In-depth examination of past, current, and emerging national and international homeland security policies, strategies, and selected strategic operations. Emphasis on national and global risks, the national security management system, risk and crisis management, longer-term community recovery, and the strategies of other countries applicable to the United States.
PSAA 608: Cybersecurity Policy, Issues and Operations – A Manager’s Guide
Overview related to U.S. homeland defense and homeland security; includes cyber threats; cyberwar; securing cyberspace in public and private sector; protecting data, systems and networks that are connected to the Internet and the Internet of Things.
PSAA 620: Safeguarding the Nation’s Maritime Gateways.
Thorough examination of the national policy, strategies and plans that direct maritime security and harbor safety and how they integrate into homeland security; historical overview, current national strategies, departments and agencies responsible for security, international cooperation efforts and U.S. efforts against piracy and vessel hijacking, future considerations.
PSAA 651: Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
Comprehensive study of the strategy, laws, doctrine and policy governing the Department of Defense’s (DOD) role in its Homeland Defense mission and also the Homeland Security mission; DOD’s support to other federal departments and the states under federal law such as The Stafford Act and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.
PSAA 652: Protection of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
Protection of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure. Survey an overview of the Nation’s strategies for Critical Infrastructure Protection and securing cyberspace and the definition of critical infrastructures as it exists today; master’s level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.
PSAA 654 : U.S. Border Security: Policies, Strategies and Issues
U.S. border security policies, strategies and issues; policies and strategies for homeland defense and security; Mexican and Canadian governments’ border policies; southern U.S. border situation and issues; considerations when border land is privately versus federally owned; impact of criminal elements on border security; efforts to secure the U.S. coasts.
PSAA 655: Domestic Intelligence Operations: Legalities, Policies, and Procedures
Examination of laws and national policies and operations surrounding domestic intelligence within the United States; departments and agencies with domestic intelligence responsibilities, their missions, operations and resources; selected readings, government documents and case studies.
PSAA 657: Terrorism in Today’s World
Comprehensive survey of international terrorism from its origins to the present; emphasis on how the U.S. government has responded and how it has organized to counter the threat; all major terrorist groups studied; understanding of the nature of the terrorist threat and the implications for the U.S. Government.
PSAA 658: Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Comprehensive overview of disaster recovery and business continuity management; guidelines for developing, implementing, maintaining and testing local, state and federal disaster recovery and business continuity plans; public and private roles and partnerships for emergency and crisis management; continuity of operations.
PSAA 660: Domestic Terrorism: The Internal Threat to America
Survey of domestic terrorism from the first manifestation of terror tactics in the United States to the anarchist movement of 1880s to the present. Study of domestic terrorist threats, the growing threats from weapons of mass destruction, and the implications WMDs have for all levels of government.
PSAA 668: U.S. Law and Homeland Security
Analyze the threat to the homeland as reflected in a number of pre and post 9/11 commission reports; master’s level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.