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Online Homeland Security Degree

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 ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth 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.

* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 best online programs.

US News Best Online Programs 2020 - Bachelor's

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


  • July 07, 2020
  • August 18, 2020
  • October 06, 2020




  • Online
  • Colorado Springs

Program Details

  • Program Overview

    Effective November 13, 2016, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Denver South Campus.

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a 182-credit-hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado Springs campus. The program consists of 66 credit hours of general education requirements; 28 credit hours devoted to the criminal justice core; and 88 credit hours for the homeland security and emergency management concentration.

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) with a concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree program was developed in partnership with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School. This program is designed for criminal justice professionals seeking to begin or advance a career in the law enforcement, corrections, or judicial fields. The “All-Hazards” approach to Homeland Security training and education is designed to help students acquire an additional understanding of emergency management, technology, communications, intelligence, critical infrastructure, and the threat of terrorism for a wide range of government and private organizations.


    This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

    The mission of the College of Security Studies is to offer degrees in criminal justice, homeland security, and cybersecurity to create the professionals that will address issues these fields are facing today and likely to confront tomorrow. The College anticipates industry and enterprise trends that have significant societal impact in order to provide diverse programs that cultivate professional competencies, critical-thinking, ethical decision-making, and cultural sensitivity to promote social justice and global security.


  • 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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