Bachelor of Science, Major in Homeland Security Studies

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Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security Studies
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Electives
Select 4 of the following:12
Fundamentals Of Criminal Law
Police Systems & Practices
Criminal Investigation
Courts And Criminal Procedure
Introduction To Economics 2
Critical Thinking 2
Principles Of Sociology 2
Major Core
SCST 2363Intro to Homeland Security3
SCST 2364Homeland Sec Research Methods3
SCST 2365Intro to Emergency Management3
SCST 3380Law and Ethics in Homeland Sec3
SCST 3393Public Health in Homeland Sec3
SCST 3394Global Terrorism & Homeland Security3
SCST 4363Homeland Sec Intelligence3
SCST 4365Border Security3
SCST 4367Critical Infrastructure Security3
SCST 4379Comparative Homeland Sec3
Major Electives12-24
Select 8 of the following or 4 of the following plus the minor
Introduction to Cybersecurity
Transportation Security
Climate and Security
Energy Security
U.S. Security Post 9/11
Homeland Sec & Emergency Mgmt
Technology and Homeland Sec
Water Security
Intelligence Analysis
Homeland Def and Civil Support
Special Topics in Sec. Stud.
General Electives 36-12
Total Hours120
First Year
Component Area II13Component Area V3
ENGL 130123Component Area IX1
HIST 130133ENGL 130223
SCST 23633HIST 130233
SCST 23653SCST 23643
 15 13
Second Year
Component Area III4Component Area III4
Component Area IV3Component Area IX3
Component Area VIII3Degree Specific Electives53
POLS 230543POLS 230643
SCST 33943SCST 43653
 16 16
Third Year
Degree Specific Electives53Degree Specific Electives56
SCST Major Electives66SCST Major Electives66
SCST 33803SCST 43633
SCST 33933 
 15 15
Fourth Year
General Electives or Minor76General Electives 6
SCST Major Electives or minor66SCST Major Electives or minor66
SCST 43673SCST 43793
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
Degree Specific Elective Courses
CRIJ 2364Fundamentals Of Criminal Law3
CRIJ 2367Police Systems & Practices3
CRIJ 2368Criminal Investigation3
CRIJ 2394Courts And Criminal Procedure3
ECON 2300Introduction To Economics 13
PHIL 2303Critical Thinking 13
SOCI 1301Principles Of Sociology 13
Major Elective Courses
SCST 2366Introduction to Cybersecurity3
SCST 2368Transportation Security3
SCST 3381Climate and Security3
SCST 3383Energy Security3
SCST 3384Water Security3
SCST 4362U.S. Security Post 9/113
SCST 4364Homeland Sec & Emergency Mgmt3
SCST 4368Technology and Homeland Sec3
SCST 4370Intelligence Analysis3
SCST 4373Homeland Def and Civil Support3
SCST 4377Special Topics in Sec. Stud.3

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Homeland Security Studies is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Think critically, conduct analysis, derive conclusions based on evidence, and communicate effectively.
  • Understand strategic policy-making to address homeland security challenges.
  • Understand the interagency environment, the legal frameworks, and the international context in which the homeland security enterprise operates.