Prepare for a career in security, defense, or emergency management.
The Homeland Security Minor will give you an introduction to criminal justice, security issues, and emergency management. You will understand the workings of the Department of Homeland Security and learn how criminal justice is conceived and practiced in other parts of the world which will prepare you to effectively interact with counterparts. You will learn about major terrorist groups and their strategies, tactics, and targets as well as counter-terrorist operations and other threats to security, such as gangs and cybercrime, and assess the effectiveness of law enforcement, courts, and corrections in promoting public safety and ensuring justice. You will also learn how to respond to emergencies and natural and human-made hazards. As you develop your knowledge, you will also develop your own ideas for change in the fields of policing, courts, or corrections and consider the resistances that would likely arise as changes are introduced and how they should be dealt with. Along the way, you will consider ethical questions related to the practices. With three electives, this minor allows you to focus on your particular area of interest.