Classes in a Homeland Security DegreeThe education you receive when getting a homeland security degree can certainly range depending upon the particular program you choose. Course names can differ and the subject matter covered in those courses may vary depending on the scope and breadth of the program, but there are certain classes and topics you are more likely to encounter as you pursue your homeland security degree.

Here are a few of the more common classes you may be taking in your homeland security education, bearing in mind that the course titles could be different in your particular degree program.

Homeland Security

A homeland security course during your bachelor’s degree work may cover a wide variety of course titles and subject matter depending upon the particular program or institution. In many cases such a class may provide a general overview of homeland security and its basic fundamentals. It can help a student get a feel for the reasons for homeland security, what threats it is there to prevent or needs it is there to meet, as well as the how it works at various levels of government.


After more basic homeland security courses, a student majoring in homeland security will likely begin to delve deeper into the various topics comprising different branches of and subject matter related to homeland security. One of these topics will probably be based around terrorism. The organizations that pose threats to the nation and the ways in which they pose those threats may be studied in detail. Not only what types of groups and threats are out there, but their impacts upon government and society as well as the response plans to those threats may also be areas of study.

Emergency Preparedness/Response/Management

A course that might tie in closely with your terrorism class is one that is focused upon emergency preparedness, response and management. While the title of this course may vary from program to program, much of the coursework will likely be geared toward similar subject matter. Such a course will likely focus upon the possibilities for emergencies, the way in which various locales can prepare for, respond to, and manage such emergencies, as well as the roles that homeland security and law enforcement agencies will take on in these scenarios. The course might also explore methods and possibilities for evolution within the department of homeland security as possible emergency scenarios and directives grow, change or evolve.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Another class that might be found in homeland security coursework could be one that deals with weapons of mass destruction. This class may explore a variety of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical, biological, and nuclear, and the way in which these weapons might be deployed or used by various nations or terrorist organizations. Students might be taught not only about the types and kinds of weapons, and how to recognize and locate such weapons, but also possible scenarios involving these weapons and how response from various levels of law enforcement might take place.

Legal Issues

Legal issues can play and important role in the field of homeland security. The game has changed dramatically since 9/11 and there are new rules in place to better conduct the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of those threatening the security of the United States. These rules and laws can significantly affect how, when and where various homeland security agencies go about performing their duties and enforcing the law. Knowing how to properly apply and abide by these laws can be critical to the successful detention and prosecution of criminals and terrorists and can mean the difference between putting those who threaten homeland security behind bars and having to let them go free.

Infrastructure Protection

The need for protecting the nation’s infrastructure against attack means that you will likely encounter a related course somewhere in your homeland security degree work. Whether it is dealing with cyber security or protecting the nation’s power grid, banking and finance industry, water sources, government systems, transportation system or numerous other areas, coursework in infrastructure protection may explore a variety of threats to our national interests at home and ways in which we can protect those assets and defend against such threats.