Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Examine the vital skills needed to protect our nation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security and Emergency Management concentration from CTU. In this programs, students may work to develop an in-depth understanding of emergency management, technology, communications, intelligence, critical infrastructure, terrorism, and other knowledge.

Employment of emergency management directors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 - 2026.1 The BSCJ-HEM degree could help you prepare to enter that field.

The BSCJ in Homeland Security and Emergency Management:

  • Has CTU Fast Track exams available - a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
  • Is rated Among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row*

At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedules are designed to help you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.

US News Best Online Programs 2017 - Bachelor's

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission





  • Online
  • Colorado Springs

Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: General Education
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CJUS261 Ethics in Criminal Justice 4.5
    COMS201 Technical and Professional Writing 4.5
    COMS105 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
    COMS203 Speech Communications 4.5
    ENGL104 Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105 Professional Written Communications 4.5
    HIST101 Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5
    MATH102 Introduction to College Math 4.5
    MATH106 Algebra for Business 4.5
    POLS101 Introduction to Political Science 4.5
    PSYC102 Introductory Psychology 4.5
    SCI101 Introduction to the Sciences 4.5
    SCI103 Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5
    SOCL102 Introductory Sociology 4.5
    SCI201 Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5
    SCI203 Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5
    UNIV104 Academic and Career Success 4.5
    Total Credit Hours: 66
    Courses: Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CJUS141 Introduction to Criminal Justice 4
    CJUS254 Introduction to Homeland Security 4
    CJUS290 Criminal Law 4
    CJUS343 Criminology 4
    CJUS375 Criminal Procedure 4
    HLS110 Terrorism: Origins, Ideologies and Goals 4
    HLS120 Introduction to Emergency Management 4
    HLS200 Introduction to Homeland Security Strategy 4
    HLS210 Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management Technologies and Applications 4
    HLS300 HR and Administrative Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management 4
    HLS305 Understanding Critical Infrastructures 4
    HLS310 Comparative Approaches to Event Management 4
    HLS315 Interagency Relationships in Homeland Security 4
    HLS320 Private Sector Role in Homeland Security 4
    HLS325 Research Methodology and Policy Analysis 4
    HLS330 Advanced Application of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Technologies 4
    HLS340 Emergent Topics in Homeland Security and Emergency Management 4
    HLS350 Introduction to Intelligence 4
    HLS360 Counterintelligence 4
    HLS400 Constitutional Law and Public Policy Analysis 4
    HLS410 The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism 4
    HLS420 Strategic Planning and Budgeting for Homeland Security and Emergency Management 4
    HLS430 Planning for Homeland Security and Emergency Management 4
    HLS450 Local Emergency Management and Civil Preparedness 4
    HLS460 Advanced Application of Intelligence in Homeland Security 4
    HLS470 Evaluating Risk in Critical Infrastructure 4
    HLS480 Knowledge Into Practice: Communications and Emergency Planning 4
    MGMT115 Introductory Business Practices 4
    UNIV201 Career Planning and Management 4
    Total Credit Hours: 116

    Total Credit Hours: 182

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  • Tuition

    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU bachelor's degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

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