Our Homeland Security and Emergency Management Curriculum

Designed for working professionals who want to excel in a career focused in Homeland Security or Emergency Management, this 100% online bachelor’s degree includes courses from both fields as well as offers tracks in which you may concentrate.

If you are a Firefighter or a Homeland Security professional, the training you received for your job may count towards your degree at the University of New Haven. Therefore, you may be able to reduce both the time and cost of your bachelor’s.

Students earning the B.S. degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management are required to complete at least 121 credits, including the University Core Curriculum. All classes are offered online, so you can continue to work and take courses when it’s convenient for you.

The bachelor’s degree requires 121 credits including 40 credits of University Core Curriculum, 30 credit hours of coursework specific to the HSEM degree, and 12 credit hours from either the Homeland Security or Emergency Management track.

Required Courses

The 40 credits of University Core Curriculum, with the following restrictions, include:

  • CC1 – Written Communication :ENGL 1112or ENGL 1113
  • CC2 – Oral Communication and Presentation: COMM 1130
  • CC3 – Mathematical and Quantitative Literacy: MATH 1108or higher
  • CC4 – Scientific Exploration: Any Course
  • CC5 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: UNIV 1141
  • CC6 – Historical Perspectives: Any Course
  • CC7 – The Individual and Society: PSYC 1111 – Introduction to Psychology
  • CC8 – Global and Intercultural Awareness- Any Course
  • CC9 – Perspectives on Creative Arts: Any Course
  • CC 1 Tier II ENGL 2220 Writing for Business/Industry
  • Plus 9 credits of additional CC Tier II courses


30 credit hours, specific to the HSEM degree include:

Choose a Track

The track requires 12 credits from one of the following:

  • Emergency Management
    • EMGT 2202 – Tools and Methods in Emergency Management
    • FIRE 1102 – Principles Fire Science Technology
    • FIRE 2242 – Hazard Risk Management
    • FIRE 3341 – Hazard Mapping and Modeling
  • Homeland Security
    • HSEM 2101 Critical Infrastructure Protection
    • HSEM 3101 Border Security and Immigration Issues
    • HSEM 3105 Transportation Security
    • And select one of the following two courses:
    • NSEC 4538 – Weapons of Mass Destruction or
    • CJST 4578 – Homeland Security and Terrorism