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Homeland Defense & Security

This specialization provides technical training and builds management skills for professionals who work with threats and vulnerabilities systems. The focus is on key institutions, actors, and legal structures. Students examine current homeland security initiatives and learn to analyze their theoretical underpinnings and application features. Students in this specialization often take coursework in Emergency Management to supplement their academic program.

Courses Include:

Fundamentals of Homeland Security – PADM 8500
This course presents analytic frameworks and conceptual theories that undergird planning, their application to the public sector, and strategic planning processes, moving from conducting a thorough needs assessment through SWOT, into plan implementation and outcomes assessment. It also includes discussion of the communication and evaluation of a strategic plan.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Law – PADM 8530
Examine the legal aspects of homeland security through identification and study of controlling constitutional, stator and case authorities. Four groups (national security entities, domestic security entities, emergency managers and the military including National Guard) will be studies in both pre- and post- September 11, 2001 contexts.

Homeland Security and Intelligence – PADM 8550
This course will introduce students to the concepts and practices involved in collecting, analyzing, and evaluating intelligence and with managing homeland security intelligence functions. Also covered is the role intelligence plays in shaping homeland security decision making at federal, state, and local level.

Advanced Seminar in Homeland Security – PADM TBD
The Advanced Seminar in Homeland Security is a course in which students will pick one of the following areas of homeland security study. Students will be immersed in an in-depth study of the area. Classes are designed to provide students with individual attention, to encourage in-depth learning, and to challenge them to analyze the historical context, current situation, and policies in the chosen topic area. Homeland Security Law, Civil Liberties, and Privacy, The Intelligence Function in Homeland Security, Domestic and International Counter-Terrorism Policy, Cybersecurity Policy, Border Security and Immigration Issues, and Roles of Federal, State, and local Government in Homeland Security

Cybersecurity – PADM 8540
Explores the fundamental concepts within cybersecurity from a research and practitioner perspective. Students will examine current practices utilized within government and industry to secure information systems and will discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Topics include risks and vulnerabilities, mitigations and remediations, organizational processes and procedures, policy development, compliance, and metrics.