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Earn Your Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security Studies

  • On Campus
  • Campus/Online Combo

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. Browse our program’s YouTube playlist to learn more about career paths in homeland security, SoPA’s admissions process, and how your work will help protect communities.

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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.

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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.

Meet the Program Faculty

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BA Admission Requirements

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. 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.

Homeland Security Studies Degree Requirements

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 Academic Progress Requirements

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.

Eligibility for Transfer Credits

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.

Listing of Required Courses

Core Competencies

ENGL 1010 Writing 4
  Select one course: 3
  Math (any course with a “MATH” prefix, or one of the course below)  
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

Supporting Requirement

  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
  Sciences 12
  Social Sciences
(ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics or CSEC 1000 Economics for Non-Majors recommended)

Writing Requirement

  Designated writing course 3-4


Major Requirements

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
  Homeland Security Studies:  
  Any 3000 or 4000 level HMLS course  
  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  
SOCI 1300 Criminology  

Minor (optional)

  Varies according to minor chosen  

General Electives

  As needed to total 120 credits  
  Total 120

Read our course descriptions for an in-depth look at our curriculum.

Tuition & Fees

Information about SoPA tuition and fees may be found here.

Some courses have fees to support the technology needed for high-quality virtual and on-ground experiences.  These fees are always listed on the schedule of classes.

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