Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Homeland Security Concentration

Since 9/11, the military, federal government agencies, and private military contractors have developed new counter-terrorism procedures leading to an increased demand for high wage counter-terrorism jobs. Courses in this concentration focus on an in-depth understanding of motivations and trends, threat assessment, information security, leadership, public policy planning, preparedness and response.

The study of the causes, methods, detection, and prevention of domestic terrorism provides critical background for careers in law enforcement and public policy, among others. The rise of domestic terrorism has created an urgent need for professionals who can lead communities and the nation in the prevention of mass shooting, bombings, or other incidents involving injury or death. The Becker College Homeland Security Concentration studies program will produce graduates prepared for careers in law enforcement, firefighting, government, law, emergency response and management, and research.

Courses include: the history and causes of domestic terrorism, public preparedness, emergency management, law enforcement techniques, and public policy. In addition, policies and methods for dealing with acts of terrorism will be explored. Students receive interdisciplinary training in advanced research into causes and management techniques, learning a wide range of skills necessary to anticipate, understand, and deal with incidents of terrorism. Courses in U.S. history and constitutional law and policy are also provided to prepare students for dealing with domestic threats.

Learning Outcomes

Students will describe the administration of justice with specialized knowledge of related content areas including, but not limited to, police, courts, and corrections.

Students will identify the theories of crime causation, responses to crime, and the implications and application for public policy.

Students will identify and describe legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice decision and policy makers, and the effects of diversity awareness in the administration of criminal justice.

Students will interpret, analyze and draw conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data in a social science context and communicate effectively using scholarly sources on topics relating to social problems and criminal justice.

Students will apply learned theory to practical application by participation in related course work and an internship.

Students will identify and describe the development of concepts and framework related to national security and counter-terrorism in today's global environment.

Students will describe the historical background of terrorism by tracing the development of terrorist tactics from antiquity to the present day.

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