Certificate in Homeland Defense

(This program is now managed and administrated through the School of Public Affairs)

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CHS is now part of School of Public Affairs.

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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, through the Center for Homeland Security (CHS) has developed a set of graduate courses leading to a Certificate in Homeland Defense. These courses are available online.

The homeland defense courses have been offered to military, DOD civilian employees, and defense contractors since August 2003. Beginning in the fall of 2004, the program became available to those in the community with an interest in and desire to prepare for jobs related to homeland security and homeland defense. As employment opportunities expand in the private sector and at all levels of the public sector, alumni of this program will be well-positioned to serve as administrators, executives, analysts, and consultants in the growing homeland security and homeland defense fields.

Students successfully completing all four courses receive a certificate from UCCS. In addition, the courses may be applied to the Ph.D. in Public Affairs at CU-Denver, the Master of Public Administration or Master of Criminal Justice at UCCS, or as electives in selected other graduate programs at the university.

Certificate Program Requirements
The completion of four three-credit courses is required to earn the Certificate in Homeland Defense. These courses are designed to be taken in the order in which they appear below, but it is not required. Entrance into this program requires a Bachelor's degree, and all courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better in order to earn the certificate.

PAD/CJ 5950: Introduction to Homeland Defense – 3 Semester Credits
This course provides an overview of homeland security, with an emphasis on homeland defense and the various government organizations responsible for providing homeland security/defense, as well as the constraints on those responsibilities. Course participants will gain an understanding of homeland security and homeland defense from the perspectives of the primary national-level players: the Department of Defense, USNORTHCOM, and the Department of Homeland Security. Major topics include the national strategy for homeland security, strategic and military force approaches to countering the terrorist threat, defense support of civil authorities and emergency response, military-civil relationships based on Posse Comitatus, the National Guard, and USNORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) roles and missions.

PAD/CJ 5951: Interagency Relationships in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense – 3 Semester Credits
This course provides an in-depth study of the relationships between and among the many agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense ranging from Federal departments to individual state agencies to local first responders. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the roles, missions, capabilities, and significant issues of those agencies who must work together during crisis. Major topics will include the homeland security policymaking process, organization theory and public management dimensions for homeland security agencies, intergovernmental and interagency relationships, consequence and disaster management, legal issues, and information sharing.

PAD/CJ 5957: Understanding the Threat – 3 Semester Credits
Understanding the source of the threat can help in dealing with terrorists and others who could threaten our homeland. This course will provide attendees with an understanding of the source of threats that may help them in developing effective methods of deterring, preventing, and defeating those threats. Topics may include the history of terrorism, psychology of terrorists, terrorist organizations and support, terrorism organizations, international law, weapons of mass destruction, and asymmetric threats. Current readings and research will be emphasized. Students will investigate a specific threat and determine from that knowledge how best to deal with that threat.

PAD/CJ 5952: Protection of Critical Infrastructures – 3 Semester Credits
This course introduces the set of critical infrastructures, with emphasis on threats, vulnerabilities, and information infrastructures. The principles of systems engineering with emphasis on risk-based decision making and systems thinking will be presented. A term project is required. Because this course discusses many of the principles covered in the first three courses, it is recommended that this course be taken last.