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Homeland Security


Students who are interested in pursuing a career in federal law enforcement can minor in homeland security. This is an 18-credit minor that offers an introduction to Homeland Security. Students take four courses in Homeland Security, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Homeland Security/Intelligence and Terrorism and Counterterrorism, as well as at least six semester hours of other related electives.

Course Offerings

Students and potential students should always consult the latest version of the Kutztown University Course Catalog for an official listing of course offerings.

  • HLS 100: Homeland Security

    This course explores the many facets of homeland security, including terrorism, critical infrastructure, the environment, public health, the military, intelligence, civil liberties, and the criminal justice system.

  • HLS 200: Homeland Security and Emergency Management

    This course examines the impact of man-made and natural disasters on the homeland and explores how terrorism has affected American society and the criminal justice system.  Both the government and private industry must be able to respond to threats and disasters.

  • HLS 300: Homeland Security/Intelligence

    This course explores the role of intelligence in Homeland Security and the Criminal Justice System. It explores the increasing role of federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies involved in the collection and sharing of several forms of intelligence. Major topics will include the development of intelligence, the USA Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and other changes in the law relating to national security and law enforcement intelligence issues.

  • HLS 310: Terrorism & Counterterrorism

    This course examines the history, methods, and causes of terrorism with a focus on homeland security and law enforcement. Review the increased roles of government and business in preventing, investigating, and responding to terrorism.

  • ANT 163CD: The Muslim Middle East

    Islam is one of the largest and most influential religions in the world and has found a home in a wide variety of social and cultural settings. To understand the roots and diversity of Muslim cultures in the contemporary world, we will spend the first half of the course exploring the origins of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, its expansion into Eurasia and Africa, and its articulation in different historical contexts, concentrating on the accretion of local traditions into Muslim practices and beliefs. In the second half of the course, we will examine a number of social issues that are currently the focus of much debate within the contemporary Muslim world, issues such as women and Islam, family institutions, the implementation of Muslim law, the "honor and shame" ethic, and the use of violence for religious ends.

  • CRJ 170: Introduction to Security Management

    This course examines the nature and scope of private security in modern society from historical, philosophical, and legal perspectives. It also addresses the latest trends and concerns in the security industry today.  Basic principles of administration, organization, and operation of security and protection units are explored with an emphasis on the management aspect of the private security industry.

  • CSC 111: Computer Forensics

    This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of computer forensics. It will teach the student how to identify, preserve, recover, analyze and document data on a computer or network allegedly used to commit a crime. Topics include computer architecture, operating systems, encryption/decryption, preserve and document evidence, and analyzing computers and networks for evidence.

  • ENV 100: Introduction to Environmental Science

    A multi-disciplinary introduction to environmental problems and their potential solutions. Lecture and laboratory work are supplemented by field trips.

  • HIS 155: Middle East

    This is a study of civilization that developed in the Middle East, culminating with the zenith of the Ottoman Empire in 1683. Similarities and differences within Western cultures will be stressed. The rise and spread of Islam as the major religion of the area will be of special interest in this study.

  • HIS 170: US Military

    This course will consider the evolution of the American military system, its employment in domestic and international affairs and its impact on American society.

  • HIS 210: History of Russia and the Soviet Union

    This course is a study of the internal development and external relations of Russia, the Soviet Union, and its successor states from the 9th through the 20th centuries. Topics of inquiry include geographic and climatic factors shaping Russian history; early Kievan Rus; religious, political, and economic influences on the development of Russian autocracy; Westernization in Tsarist Russia; reform and revolution in the nineteenth and early 20th centuries; the Soviet system and its cultural borrowings from the past; the East-West confrontation; nationalism and separatism in the Soviet republics; and recent developments in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  • POL 115: Public Administration

    The basic principles of administration in the public sector are presented and analyzed. Surveys the historical development of contemporary public administration and examines the process, both formal and informal, by which public policy is implemented.

  • POL 020: International Relations

    A study of the diplomatic, organizational, military, and legal relationships among states. Designed to provide a conceptual framework leading to a better understanding of international developments, the course considers the nation-state system, sovereignty, nationalism, the sources of national power, the foreign policy making process, and conflict and conflict resolution.

  • POL 227: International Conflict and Security

    International Conflict and Security examines nation-states' efforts to maintain their borders and protect their government and citizenry from inter and intra-state conflict. In doing so, the course will place special interest on the theoretical and methodological concepts that are fundamental to studying such issues as deterrence, compellence, and international engagement. Additionally, attention is paid to the concept of security in a post-Cold War World and how nation-states are attempting to meet the evolving economic, ecological, and terrorist challenges. The course may be used as a General Education elective.

  • POL 228: American Foreign Policy

    A study of the American foreign-policy-making process with a focus upon the institutions and functions of America's foreign relations. Special emphasis is given to the period since 1945. Case studies are utilized.

  • POL 311: Constitutional Law I

    A study of the development of the Constitution through the interpretations of the Supreme Court. The course emphasizes the institutional aspects of the federal system and also economic regulation within the federal system.

  • POL 314: The Administration of US Environmental Law

    Designed to introduce students to the legal, administrative and political dimensions that pervade national environmental disputes, laws, and regulations. The course will employ both a legal and administrative process orientation. Through the use of legal case material and legal, political, statutory and regulatory analysis, students are taught about the different ways statutes and regulations attempt to address environmental problems, including the strengths and weaknesses of each generic statutory and regulatory type. No prerequisites, although it is preferred Introduction to ENV 100 Environmental Science or POL 010 American Government be taken first.

  • POL 346: Public Budgeting & Fiscal Management

    This course will address all major facets of public budgeting theory including budgetary formats, governmental budgetary decision processes at the federal, state, and local levels, bargaining and politics in budget decision making, governmental tax policies, and strategies for fiscal management. In addition, the course will focus upon the practical application of theory through the use of real-life case studies. A special section on grant writing and non-profit fiscal management will highlight the needs of non-profit organizational management.

  • SOC 213: World Religions

    This course will examine the great "World Religions" Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and East Asian Religions in terms of their historical developments and contemporary manifestations. The course will cover basic techniques of scriptural exegesis, explore the historical roots and expansion of each religion, and examine how the religions have diversified in the face of cultural and political developments locally and globally. Special focus will be given to religious issues that are involved in major geopolitical conflicts, such as the attacks of September 11, 2001, the rise of fundamentalism around the world, and the conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia.

  • SOC 224: Immigration and Assimilation

    This course seeks to expose students to the recent social literature on contemporary immigration to the United States, its origins, adaptation patterns, and long-term effects on American society. It focuses on why people move and the policies that let some people in while keeping others out. Consideration is given to the process by which foreign “outsiders” become integrated in their new home; of particular interest are debates around “straight-line” and “segmented” assimilation. This course also sheds light on second-generation immigrants’ identity, mobility and integration into the dominant culture. The course ends with an overview on the future of immigration, challenges faced by undocumented immigrants and policies and debates that surround the attempt to ‘fix’ our broken immigration system.

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