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Homeland Security A.S.

The Program (HEGIS Code 5505)

Whether individuals are just finishing high school or are 20-year law enforcement or federal employee veterans, JCC’s Homeland Security degree challenges them to sharpen essential skills and make informed judgments. In today’s fast-paced world, professionals must communicate clearly, analyze situations, and apply proven tactics. Our Homeland Security degree aims to provide broad coverage of terrorism prevention, border security, disaster preparedness and emergency response. Students learn to analyze evidence and intelligence data, identify security risks and devise response plans. In the process, they improve their observational and critical thinking skills.

The field of homeland security is widely varied, containing many diverse job descriptions and opportunities. Many skills will be obtained in this course of study which are applicable to both transfer students and those seeking employment immediately upon graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an A.S. degree in Homeland Security will be able to:

  • Identify the issues confronting practitioners in homeland security
  • Summarize the strategies and systems involved in protecting and responding to a wide range of threats from terrorism.   
  • Explain the provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and ethical, constitutional, and civil liberties issues involved in intelligence operations.   
  • Apply emerging homeland security theories to current and emerging technologies to improve performance and effectiveness of both public and private entities.

Career Opportunities

JCC’s Homeland Security degree is an excellent program for students seeking a career with any of the following organizations:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Border Patrol
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • State and local governments
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Transportation and Security Administration
  • Private industry security

Transfer Opportunities

As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree.  Popular transfer institutions for JCC graduates include Empire State College, SUNY Canton, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Rochester Institute of Technology.


Degree Requirements (Effective Spring 2019) Credit Hours
English (6 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 3
Humanities (3 Credit Hours)  
STA 151: Public Speaking or STA 211 Managing Conflict 3
Social Science (9 Credit Hours)  
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3
Choose two of the following 6
POL 121: Introduction to American Government
or PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology
or SOC 245: Criminology
Mathematics and Sciences (10 Credit Hours)
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher Mathematics course selected from the Knowledge Area of Mathematics in the SUNY General Education Course List 3
(except MTH 148 or MTH 149)  
Lab Science Elective 4
Selected from the Knowledge Area of Natural Science in the SUNY General Education Course List  
Science or Mathematics Elective 3
Selected from the Knowledge Area of Mathematics or Natural Science in the SUNY General Education Course List  
Criminal Justice (6 Credit Hours)  
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 102: Criminal Administrative Procedures 3
or CRJ 106: Introduction to Policing
or CRJ 200:  Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice
Homeland Security (6 Credit Hours)  
HLS 108:  Introduction to Homeland Security 3
HLS 117:  Intelligence Analysis and Homeland Security 3
Homeland Security Electives (12 Credit Hours) 12
Choose 4 from the following:
HLS 109: Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups 
HLS 111: Mind of a Terrorist I
HLS 114: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
HLS 217: Mind of a Terrorist II
HLS 218: Homeland Security Laws and Ethics
HLS 219: Transportation and Border Security
HLS 220: Homeland Security in the Private and Corporate Sectors
General Education Electives (6 Credit Hours) 6
Choose TWO courses from two different areas:
American History – HIS 151
Western Civilization – HIS 111, HIS 112, POL 127, or PHI 101
The Arts – ART 104
Foreign Language – any foreign language including ASL
Restricted Electives (3 Credit Hours)  
POL 126:  World Affairs or CIS 110: Introduction to Computers
Physical Education 2
Total 63


For More Information

Paul Alteri, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Chairperson, Public Safety

Edward Smalls, Instructor of Criminal Justice
Homeland Security Curriculum Coordinator

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522