Homeland Security and Emergency Management Emphasis

Add to your BA Social and Criminal Justice degree with the Homeland Security and Emergency Management emphasis and learn about emergency preparedness and security. Study emergency management planning and response and examine factors in terrorism, in cyber-crime and in homeland security. Learn about the use of drones for homeland security and emergency management and examine how interests of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in drones relate to DHS objectives. Through this emphasis study the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 UAS classification, certification and operating rules and prepare for the FAA exam in commercial drone operations.


Undergraduate Homeland Security and Emergency Management Emphasis Courses

AVI 200 Commercial Drone Pilot

3 Credits

This course prepares students to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam in commercial drone operations. Students explore FAA regulations to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) for purposes other than hobby and recreation. This course examines the FAA Part 107 UAS classification, certification, and operating rules.

Completion of AVI 200, does not lead to certification. Upon successful completion of AVI 200, students will be prepared to take the FAA Part 107. Once students pass the exam, they will be eligible for certification as a drone pilot. Certification is granted by the Federal Aviation Administration and not by the University of Arizona Global Campus. It is the student’s responsibility to locate an approved PSI Testing Center

HSM 318 Emergency Planning & Response

3 Credits

This course will provide students with the skills to develop a comprehensive plan for risk analysis, threat assessment, staffing an emergency operations center, coordinating with supporting agencies, and the creation of a continuing testing program. Analysis of historical incidents as well as realistic scenarios are used to teach students how to plan for natural disasters as well as terrorism and other emergencies at the federal, state and local levels. This course is designed to provide students with the ability to evaluate an emergency incident, determine its scope, understand the function of the first responders, learn the communication procedures necessary to alert the appropriate agencies, and understand how first responders are dispatched. Students will create a recovery plan for response to large scale incidents.

HSM 433 Counter Terrorism & Intelligence Analysis

3 Credits

Students in this course study and analyze counterterrorism including the evolution of counterterrorism, and the specifics of the typology and anatomy of terrorist operations. The course includes an overview of the intelligence community, collection, analysis, requirements and dissemination.

HSM 438 Introduction to Cyber Crime

3 Credits

This course focuses on the technical aspects of digital crime as well as behavioral aspects of computer hackers, virus writers, terrorists and other offenders. Using real life examples and case studies, students will examine the history, development, extent and types of digital crime and digital terrorism as well as current legislation and law enforcement practices designed to prevent, investigate and prosecute these crimes.

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