Homeland Security – Undergraduate Certificate Program

Protect Your Community

Union’s certificate in Homeland Security is designed for professionals working in the areas of public safety, security management, fire service, emergency management, criminal justice, and law enforcement, as well as managers in private and nonprofit corporations responsible for multiple aspects of supervising security programs. With a broadened national emphasis of emergency management, emergency services management, and public safety agencies, Union’s undergraduate certificate will give students an increased understanding of the resources at their disposal to respond to terrorist threats in their communities.

Skills & Benefits for our Certificate Graduates

  • Implement organization-specific processes to evaluate domestic security challenges that America faces.
  • Assess the nature of homeland security functions and be able to integrate various functional realms, such as emergency management, law enforcement, and fire service.
  • Design and implement plans and programs from the federal to the local level (as applicable) to reflect the various policy issues and organizational structures associated with homeland security.
  • Determine how to access and disseminate information through multiple agencies in order to evaluate the risks of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation.
  • Apply a foundation of knowledge and skills to assume leadership responsibility in homeland security, public policy, law enforcement, criminal justice and to parts of emergency management.
  • Apply applicable decision-making and critical thinking skills in the realm of homeland security.

Certificate Structure & Details

•  12 credit hour certificate
•  3 Completely Online Courses
• January, May, and August start dates
• Complete your certificate fast with 8 week courses

Certificate Curriculum

  • ESM 440 Homeland Security: Examine threats to homeland security, including natural and technological disasters, as well as intentional threats of domestic and international terrorism, including weapons of mass destruction. Review the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individual citizens in homeland security.
  • ESM 442 OR CJM 304 Terrorism and Extremism: Explore the motivation, tactics, and targeting trends of terrorist and extremist groups by evaluating potential threats and identifying appropriate countermeasures to protect the community. Examine the emergence of various groups posing threats using case studies and discussions.
  • ESM 444 Weapons of Mass Destruction Forms & History: Discover how nuclear, biological, explosive, and chemical weapons offer both terrorists and rogue states a selection of tools to unsettle and shift the power in their direction. Explore the range and characteristics of these weapons, how they are most effectively employed, and potential impacts critical to creating resilient communities and defending communities. Get a detailed look at history, capabilities, and tactics while exploring preparedness options available to leaders, managers, attackers, and defenders.Students must complete the three required courses. Each course is eight weeks long and can be completed in one semester.The Homeland Security Certificate can be taken as a stand-alone certificate program, or embedded into the Criminal Justice Management or Emergency Services Management major programs.


Tuition is assessed per course at $530/credit hour. The certificate requires three 4-credit hour courses for a total of $6,360.

Please note that this certificate program is not eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid.


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