Dec 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science/Homeland Security, BA

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Homeland security is the intersection of evolving threats, to include terrorism and other risks to national security, and natural and man-made hazards with traditional governmental and civic responsibilities. This multi-disciplinary track is built upon a political science core (required courses), with an emphasis on administration and policy (controlled electives). Students will choose between specializing in Homeland Defense or Emergency Management. The Homeland Defense specialization will focus on identifying risks to the homeland’s security and essential infrastructure, and developing policy and strategy that mitigate, if not obviate, these risks. The Emergency Management track will focus on the twin facets of program administration and emergency management, sometimes called disaster or crisis management. The Political Science/Homeland Security major track emphases critical and creative thinking, information literacy, oral and written communications, interpersonal relations and teamwork. The knowledge and skills students will gain will prepare them to work in private businesses; emergency and safety management; private security; airports and border patrol; local, state, and federal law enforcement; and military service.

Liberal Studies: 46-47

As outlined in Liberal Studies Requirements  section with the following specifications

Mathematics: 3

Social Science:

Liberal Studies Electives: 6

  • No courses with PLSC prefix

College: 0-6

Foreign Language Intermediate Level (1)


Controlled Electives: 9

Students must take three of the following controlled electives in the area of public policy/administration:


Students must take four courses in their specialization. At least two courses must have a prefix other than PLSC.

Free Electives: 34- 41

Total Degree Requirements:120

(1) Intermediate-level foreign language may be included in Liberal Studies electives.

(2) PLSC 101  satisfies the global and multicultural awareness requirement.

(3) Credits for PLSC 111  are counted in the Liberal Studies social science requirements.

(4) PLSC 280  and/or PLSC 285  is recommended as a prerequisite for PLSC 388 .

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