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Homeland Security AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery Method: On-campus
Personal Interests: Law and justice, criminal investigation, public service
Skill Development: Problem-solving, communication, leadership
Career Options: Law enforcement, government, military
Program Code: HEGIS 5505

Help keep communities safe with a Homeland Security A.S. degree

Whether you’re a recent high-school graduate, a military veteran, or an experienced law enforcement officer, Jefferson’s new Homeland Security A.S. program can prepare you for a career in terrorism prevention, border security, disaster preparedness, and emergency response.

Our curriculum teaches you to analyze evidence and intelligence data, identify security risks, and devise response plans to protect the United States and its citizens. You’ll focus on preventing and investigating crimes, apprehending suspected criminals, and managing public safety at the local, state, or federal levels.

Graduates are ready for continued studies at a four-year college or law enforcement academy or to start a career fighting crime.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation in national and international crime prevention and security
  • Career readiness whether you’re a rookie or an experienced professional
  • Opportunities for hands-on practice of crime prevention and investigation techniques

Build skills for careers in law enforcement and security

Homeland security is a dynamic and diverse career field. You can work with government and businesses to ensure the nation and its people are protected from criminal and natural disasters. You may prevent terrorism, keep our borders safe, investigate cybersecurity, test new security technologies, and respond in the event of pandemics, earthquakes, or severe weather.

Homeland security graduates find work with U.S. law enforcement agencies including Border Patrol, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, ICE, or TSA, or with FEMA, private companies, and nonprofits.

Learn to protect the United States from terrorism and espionage

When you complete the Homeland Security A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Identify issues confronting homeland security
  • Respond to a wide range of threats from terrorism
  • Apply provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and ethical, constitutional, and understand civil liberties issues involved in intelligence operations
  • Apply homeland security theories to current and emerging technologies to improve performance and effectiveness of public and private entities

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

As a Jefferson graduate, you can continue your education at colleges and universities in the area and beyond. Popular transfer destinations for Jefferson grads include SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Canton, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

We have formal transfer agreements with:

  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Empire State College

Degree requirements for Homeland Security A.S.

English (6 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 

Humanities (3 credit hours)

STA 151: Public Speaking or STA 211 Managing Conflict 

Social Science (9 credit hours)

SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 
Choose two of the following:
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 (except MTH 148 or MTH 149)
Lab Science Elective 
Selected from the Knowledge Area of Natural Science in the SUNY General Education Course List
Science or Mathematics Elective 
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 
CRJ 102: Criminal Administrative Procedures 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 
HLS 117: Intelligence Analysis and Homeland Security 

Homeland Security Electives (12 Credit Hours)

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) 

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 credit hours)


Total 63 credit hours


Program contacts

Paul Alteri
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2442

Edward Smalls
Instructor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2441

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522