Penn State's 33-credit online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security degree program shapes leaders capable of preventing and responding to man-made and natural disasters.
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Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security
All students are required to take at least one elective that is a 500-level course in addition to the Capstone Experience (HLS 594), to satisfy the degree requirement of 6 credits at the 500 level.
|Homeland Security Administration: Policies and Programs||HLS 801||Foundation for understanding homeland security history, the development of homeland security policies and organizations, and current management approaches.||3 credits|
|Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues||HLS 803||This course will examine the social, political, legal, and ethical issues that arise in the context of homeland security.||3 credits|
|Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency||HLS 805||Provides an overview of the domestic and global issues related to homeland security.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Homeland Security||HLS 401||This course provides foundational knowledge about homeland security, including policy, organization, and legal issues in the American context.||3 credits|
|Homeland Security and Defense in Practice||HLS 404||This course analyzes, evaluates, and critiques homeland security plans in practice.
Prerequisite: P ADM 401
|Multifaceted Approaches to Homeland Security||HLS 802||Examination of the roles of the public and private sectors and the military in preparing, mitigating, and responding to disasters.
Prerequisite: P ADM 401
|Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Defense and Security||HLS 804||The homeland security framework depends on strategic planning and organization. This course examines the key issues associated with these.
Prerequisite: P ADM 401
|Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure||AGBIO 520||Course will explore intentional and unintentional threats to the agriculture- food system, history and current approaches for safeguarding this key infrastructure.||3 credits|
|Disaster Communication||CAS 553||This seminar provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of disaster communication across phases of a disaster.||3 credits|
|Project Management for Professionals||ENGR 405||Covers the essential concepts and skills needed to make effective contributions on projects, on time and within budget.||3 credits|
|Engineering Across Cultures and Nations||ENGR 802||Explores cultural differences and impact on business practices and team dynamics working on virtual project teams with global partner universities.||3 credits|
|Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications||GEOG 480||An introductory-level course focusing on the use of remotely sensed imagery and elevation data in GIS applications.||3 credits|
|Intelligence Analysis, Cultural Geography, and Homeland Security||GEOG 571||The application of cultural geography in the intelligence analysis and synthesis process by identifying prominent threats to civil security.||3 credits|
|Natural Disasters||GEOSC 402Y||Case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters; analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions.||3 credits|
|Comparative Homeland Security and Related Methods||HLS 540||The course will address international cooperation in Homeland Security and compare select national approaches as well as teach related practical methods of analysis.
Prerequisites: HLS 801, HLS 803, HLS 805, P ADM 401, and P ADM 802 (In certain cases, students may be eligible for a prerequisite waiver based on prior academic or professional experience.)
|Disaster Psychology||HLS 558||Explores psychological impact of disasters and terrorist attacks on victims, families, rescuers, and society and methods of reducing negative effects.
Prerequisite: permission of the program
|Internship Experience in Homeland Security Enterprise||HLS 595A||Provides real-world experience in the homeland security enterprise. Supervision/support is provided by site personnel and Penn State graduate faculty.
Prerequisites: HLS 801, HLS 803 and HLS 805
|U.S. Military’s Domestic Imperative: Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities||HLS 832||
Provides an overview of the homeland defense mission and domestic support of civil authorities during disasters, and the distinctions between the two.
Prerequisites: HLS 801
|Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management||IST 564||This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk and emergency management.||3 credits|
|Foundations of Information Security and Assurance||IST 815||This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance.||3 credits|
|Full Range Leadership Development||LEAD 555||Development of behavioral skills associated with outstanding leadership of individuals, teams, and organizations through advanced information technology, experimental exercises, and case analysis.||3 credits|
|Public Organization and Management||P ADM 500||Development of basic concepts and issues in public administration; administrative theory and public policy processes.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Public Policy Analysis||P ADM 507||Introduction to the analysis of public policy within its organizational and political contexts, including an emphasis on an economic perspective.
Prerequisite: 3 credits of American government and 3 credits of basic economics
|Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations||P ADM 557||Study of the impact of a federal system of government on the administration of public functions. National-state-local dimensions.||3 credits|
|U.S. Homeland Security Law||P ADM 897||This course assesses the controlling authorities that pertain to homeland security, from the U.S. Constitution to major federal statutes, court decisions, and executive directives. Beyond an analysis of the universal relevance of law to homeland security, specific issues are considered in detail, based on their relationship to U.S. vital national interests.||3 credits|
|Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism||PHP 527||Introduces students to the design of exposure assessment and health effect studies applicable to disasters and terrorism.||3 credits|
|International Relations Theory||PL SC 418W||A survey of traditional and contemporary conceptual frameworks and theoretical approaches for the analysis of international relations.||3 credits|
|The Politics of Terrorism||PL SC 439||Analysis of political terrorism as a violent alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the nuclear age.||3 credits|
|American Foreign Policy||PL SC 442||Principles of American foreign policy; processes of policy formulation; roles of the President, Congress, the State Department and other government agencies.||3 credits|
|Root Causes of Terrorism||PL SC 836||Investigates the role economic, political and social factors play in determining patterns of international and domestic terrorism and terrorist activity.||3 credits|
|Psychological Foundations of Leadership||PSY 532||Students will examine the social and psychological processes underlying leadership in organizations.||3 credits|
|Foundations of Behavior, Motivation, and Attitudes at Work||PSY 539||Students will examine the psychological and social processes underlying behavior, motivation, and attitudes in work settings.||3 credits|
|Global and Cross-Cultural Leadership||PSY 811||Students will examine the relation of cultural variations in psychological and social factors affecting the effective leadership of individuals and groups in work organizations.||3 credits|
|Critical Infrastructure Protection||PUBPL 475||This course provides knowledge about protection of critical infrastructure as an aspect of homeland security.||3 credits|
|Research Project||HLS 594||Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.||3 credits|