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.
Use the Course List to find course information, including course descriptions and prerequisites.
Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security
|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|
|Homeland Security and Defense in Practice||HLS 404||This course analyzes, evaluates, and critiques homeland security plans in practice.||3 credits|
|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.||3 credits|
|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.||3 credits|
|Fundamentals of Homeland Security||HLS 811||Fundamentals of Homeland Security provides foundational knowledge about homeland security policy, strategy, organization, and legal issues in the U.S. context.||3 credits|
|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, 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 defense support of civil authorities during disasters, and the distinctions between the two.
Prerequisites: HLS 801
|U.S. Homeland Security Law||HLS 875||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.||3 credits|
|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|
|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|
|Critical Infrastructure Protection||PUBPL 475||This course provides knowledge about protection of critical infrastructure as an aspect of homeland security.||3 credits|
|Homeland Security Intelligence||PUBPL 476||The Homeland Security Intelligence course provides a depth of knowledge of key intelligence issues for homeland security professionals.||
|Research Project||HLS 594||Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.||3 credits|
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