Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security

Identify and neutralize domestic and international threats

Students who envision a safer, more secure tomorrow graduate from the BS in Homeland Security program ready to contribute to making the world a safer place. Learn to lead the organizations which help prevent threats and manage emergency situations.

Whether a student’s interest lies in law and policy, terrorism, emergency management, risk assessment, intelligence analysis, strategic planning, or security, graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to experience a successful career and become managers and leaders.

The homeland security program is designed to prepare graduates for public service in various levels of government, law enforcement, fire science, emergency management, and healthcare as well as the private sector and non-governmental service organizations. Coursework offers a practical and hands-on curriculum led by leaders in the industry and gives students a global outlook on a broad range of topics, including homeland security, border protections, and emergency management.

Learn to secure our nation from the threats we face.

In Depth Education Taught by Experts in Homeland Security

Homeland security students learn from professors who are not only educators but who have real-world experience working as an FBI Agent, TSA agent, law enforcement officer, and lawyer. Students gain additional hands-on knowledge through an internship and a capstone project. The bachelor’s program follows principles set forth by the Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium Association (HSDECA).

Students graduate ready to make a difference in:

  • Intelligence

  • Critical Infrastructure
    and Key Resources

  • Law and Policy

  • Strategic Planning

  • Emergency Management

  • Terrorism

  • Risk Analysis

  • Strategic Communication

Careers in Homeland Security

Homeland security career paths are broad. Professionals anticipate, prepare for, prevent, and react to everything from pandemics to hurricanes to terrorism. Work is available in the air, on land, and at sea. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, employs more than 240,000 employees across a variety of jobs.

There are jobs in every State, in the District of Columbia, and abroad. Many homeland security jobs are with State, Federal, or local governments. But there are also opportunities with private companies and non-profits.

Aspire to a career as a:

  • Asylum officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Border Patrol agent
  • Import specialist
  • Detention and deportation officer
  • IT specialist (information security)
  • Security specialist
  • Telecommunications specialist
  • Criminal investigator
  • Intelligence operations specialist
  • Program and management analyst

Alumni Spotlight

Recent graduates have found career success within these organizations:

Chicago Police Department  |  Department of Corrections — Probation and Parole |  Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department |  Milwaukee Police Department |  U.S. Customs |  U.S. Marshals Service |  U.S. Treasury Department — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms |  Wisconsin Department of Justice — Division of Criminal Investigation |  Homeland Security |  Social, Behavioral, and Justice Sciences Department

Explore a Homeland Security Degree

Dr. Alan Johnson, director of homeland security and criminal justice, describes the homeland security program at Marian. Marian’s faculty are practitioners in the field including a former FBI Agent, TSA agent, law enforcement officers, and lawyers. This program provides you the opportunity to focus on the area of homeland security that interests you most, including disaster management, emergency management, terrorism, etc. Dr. Johnson highlights the experiential opportunities that you can experience as a homeland security major.

The Homeland Security Program
Through Marian’s homeland security program, you’ll take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world of public safety. The homeland security curriculum prepares you through strategies and policies needed to defeat terrorism and build resilient communities in the U.S.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Homeland security majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Emergency planning
  • Combatting terrorism
  • Crisis intervention and management
  • Resource management for homeland security
  • Crisis communication

Learning Outcomes:

Students in the BS in Homeland Security program will gain an understanding of the homeland security enterprise, including emergency responder disciplines, prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

  • Students will understand legal issues, information sharing, and justice as they connect to, conflict with, or are disassociated from the homeland security realm.
  • Students will understand homeland security and counter-terrorism strategies.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the legal foundations as they are executed in the American court process as it relates to homeland security.
  • Students will understand how research is conducted and analyzed to include public safety data.
  • Students will be able to express oneself clearly using verbal and written formats.
  • Students will be able to utilize critical thinking and effective problem solving concerning issues in homeland security.
  • Students will gain the ability to behave ethically.


The purpose of the bachelor’s in homeland securing is to prepare students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world of public safety. We prepare individuals to actively participate in public safety to prevent, protect, respond to, mitigate, and build security.

Graduates of the homeland security program are open to careers that will lead to success within both the public and private sectors. The program is designed to prepare graduates for public service in various levels of government, law enforcement, fire science, emergency management, and healthcare, as well as the private sector and non-governmental service organizations.

Students at Marian University, find committed faculty and staff aiming to help them reach their potential. Through an applied learning approach, students find the program prepares them to solve management problems, develop strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity, address internal organizational issues, and better prevent incidents or manage them should they occur.