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Jumpstart your career potential in the growing emergency and security sectors with a bachelor's degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Tulane School of Professional Advancement. If you are passionate about protecting your community and coordinating safety and security systems on a large scale, this unique program offers a practical and hands-on curriculum led by leaders in the industry.
Program courses cover a broad range of topics, from homeland security and border protections to emergency management, counterterrorism, and critical infrastructure protection. The bachelor’s degree program is suitable for those currently working in the field, such as military personnel or emergency medical technicians, as well as prospective students looking to change career fields completely and earn their undergraduate degree.
Gain Applicable Security & Emergency Skills on a Flexible Schedule
With flexible evening and weekend courses, students can choose to pursue their degree while they work or complete the program as a part-time learner. Courses can be taken at our campus locations and many are offered online. Course availability will vary depending on your campus location and not all elective courses can be completed online.
Prepare for Exciting Careers in Emergency & Security
With a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security Studies, graduates will be prepared to enter a plethora of job fields, including cyber security, emergency management, and infrastructure management. As demand grows for eligible candidates in the emergency and security sectors, students can pursue a diverse range of careers within public safety organizations, government agencies, and private corporations.
Graduates may find success in any of the following positions:
- Emergency Management Specialist
- Special Agent
- Cyber-security Manager
- Safety Manager
- Disaster Recovery Coordinator
- Emergency Response Coordinator
- Terrorism Financial Analyst
- Emergency Management Logistics Manager
- Intelligence Analyst
- Infrastructure Protection Analyst
- Security Analyst
- Counter-terrorism Analyst
Develop Career-Ready Skills from Industry Experts
With an emphasis on professional development, you’ll gain real-world insights from professors who have extensive experience in the emergency and security sectors, including the FBI, law enforcement intelligence, the military, and emergency response organizations. During the course of your studies, you’ll also build a professional network of peers and professors to aid in your job search following graduation.
To apply for the BA in Homeland Security Studies program, students must have earned a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma prior to the semester in which they would like to enroll. Students are not required to take standardized tests and SoPA has an open admissions policy for all undergraduate study. Transfer students must be in good standing with the most recent prior college attended or have completed any dismissal terms set forth by the previous academic institution.
The School of Professional Advancement awards the Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security Studies degree following the successful completion of 120 credits, including 30 credits in the major.
Undergraduate students are required to maintain the following minimum grade-point average throughout their enrollment dependant on the total number of credit hours completed:
- 1-30 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.75 minimum cumulative GPA
- 31-61 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.85 minimum cumulative GPA
- 62-93 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 1.95 minimum cumulative GPA
- 94-124 cumulative attempted credit hours completed: 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA
Students will be placed on academic probation upon failure to meet these requirements. The cumulative grade-point average of a student is calculated by dividing the number of quality points a student has earned by the total number of quality hours (including credits with failures). Only the grades of S, U, NR, W, and grades in courses affected by SoPA's Repeated Course policy are excluded from this calculation.
If you're interested in transferring to Tulane SoPA, our advisors can work with you to determine which courses will be accepted and help you navigate the process. We accept credits for transfer from all fully accredited institutions. In order to transfer course credit from another school, Tulane SoPA must offer a comparable course, and the student must have achieved a C- or higher. Courses transferred from other institutions are never figured into the grade point average. Your advisor can also help you in the case that your previous school operated on a quarter system instead of semesters. Tulane SoPA accepts a maximum of 60 hours of transfer credits for bachelor’s degrees.
Visit our Student Transfers page to learn more about this process.
|Select one course:||3|
|PHIL 1060||Critical Thinking|
|PHIL 1210||Elementary Symbolic Logic|
|BSMT 3250||Business Statistics (recommended)|
|CPST 1070||Math for Information Technology|
|Foreign Language or non-Western Culture||6-8|
|Oral Communications—Select one course:||3|
|SPEC 1400||Intro to Public Speaking|
|SPEC 3110||Small Group Communications|
|THEA 2100||Fundamentals of Acting|
|BSMT 2250||Business Communications|
Distribution Requirements (at least two disciplines per category)
|Humanities (ethics course recommended)||12|
(ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics or CSEC 1000 Economics for Non-Majors recommended)
|Designated writing course||3-4|
Students may work with the director for permission to take courses not listed here.
Major Core Courses
|HMLS 2750||Homeland Security||3|
|HMLS 3150||Health and Medical Issues in Emergency Management||3|
|HMLS 3200||Domestic and International Terrorism||3|
|HMLS 3250||Emergency Management||3|
|HMLS 3500||Intelligence Research, Method & Analysis||3|
|HMLS 3600||Critical Infrastructure Protection||3|
|HMLS 3700||Transportation and Border Security I||3|
|CPST 3930||Cyber Threats and Cyber Security||3|
|Select one course:||3|
|HMLS 3550||Human Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence|
|HMLS 4500||Intelligence Analysis/Critical Thinking|
|HMLS 4600||Homeland Security & Approaches to Counter-Terrorism|
|HMLS 4700||Maritime & Border Security|
|Select one course:||3|
|Earth & Environmental Science:|
|EENS 3050||Natural Disasters|
|History of the Middle East/North Africa:|
|HISM 1200||The Contemporary Middle East|
|HISM 3200||History of Islam|
|HISM 3210||Modern Middle East|
|HISM 3220||The Arab-Israeli Conflict|
|United States History:|
|HISU 3530||War & National Policy in the United States|
|HISU 3590||War & National Policy in the U.S., 1898 to the Recent Past|
|HISU 6500||Emergence of the Modern U.S., 1917 to 1945|
|American Political Process and Institutions:|
|POLA 2100||American Government|
|POLA 4270||Constitutional Law|
|International Politics, Organization, and Law:|
|POLI 4520||Intelligence & Covert Operations|
|POLI 4530||American Foreign Policy|
|POLI 4630||Strategy and Politics|
|POLI 6630||International Security|
|Varies according to minor chosen|
|As needed to total 120 credits|
Read our course descriptions for an in-depth look at our curriculum.
Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Tuition
- All Undergraduate: $433/credit
- Non-SoPA courses that are not cross-listed: $2,116/credit
Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Fees
- Undergraduate Application Fee: $40
- Uptown & Elmwood Academic Support Fee: $60
- MS Coast Academic Support Fee: $25
- MS Coast Student Support Fee: $10
- Uptown and Elmwood students are assessed a student activity fee of $12 per three-credit course or $48 maximum student activity fee for four or more courses
We strive to make our degree programs accessible to a diverse range of working professionals. Explore available financial assistance and discount programs.
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