Nov 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Homeland Security Major and Learning Outcomes

Homeland Security Major Mission Statement

The mission of the homeland security major is to educate students about homeland security organizations at the federal, state, and local government levels; interagency coordination and cooperative emergency management efforts between government agencies and the private sector; government and business continuity planning; the relationship between security and civil liberties; prepare students to contribute to society; encourage and nurture intellectual curiosity, communication skills, and scholarship; and prepare students for employment opportunities or graduate school. Based in the social sciences, the homeland security program follows the philosophy of Christian humanism as developed by Saint Francis de Sales and respects liberal values, encourages open-mindedness, and pursues both demographic and curricular diversity.

Homeland Security Major Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from DeSales University with a major in homeland security will be able to:

  1. explain how the Department of Homeland Security operates and how its policies and strategies relate to its mission.
  2. demonstrate an ability to coordinate homeland security measures between local, state, and federal stakeholders.
  3. recognize and understand domestic and international terrorism threats, including the private and public entities responsible for responding to such threats.
  4. develop policies and strategies to reduce threats within the United States and mitigate America’s vulnerabilities.
  5. research, write, and/or present findings concerning significant issues in the homeland security field.

The homeland security program offers courses designed to inform the student about the homeland security system and its impact on society; to prepare students to be contributors in society; to encourage and promote intellectual curiosity, scholarship, and communication skills; and to prepare the student for employment opportunities or graduate school.