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Marian’s accelerated online bachelor’s degree gives you the flexibility to prepare for the next step in your career. Whether you are seeking a position in Emergency Management or a high-profile Federal Agency, earning your bachelor’s is an absolute necessity.

Our robust Homeland Security degree offers:

  • Generous transfer credits for prior military or related work experience
  • Classes that are completely online and on your schedule. Each class takes just 7 weeks to complete.
  • Maximum work-life balance - only one course required per term
  • Curriculum covering competencies set forth by DHS and FEMA
  • Learning based on real-world applications to help students make an immediate impact

This program utilizes an accelerated format that provides a flexible learning environment for working adults.


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As a student in Marian’s homeland security program, you’ll take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world of public safety. Through an applied learning approach, you’ll be prepared to solve problems, develop strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity, address internal organizational issues and better prevent incidents or manage them should they occur. The homeland security curriculum follows principles set forth by the Department of Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium Association (HSDECA), and prepares you through strategies and policies needed to defeat terrorism and build resilient communities in the U.S.

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General Education Program: 46–49 of University requirements.

30 credits as follows:


Survey of homeland security as a national priority and security imperative. Students will review the tenets of relevant initiatives, programs, policies and agencies associated with the nation’s defense and security enterprise. Using case studies of significant homeland security incidents, students examine the impact of these events upon how the “whole community” manages crisis preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery.


This course will examine the roots of terrorism in the twentieth century, the current intellectual and governmental policies and theories regarding the nature and methods of terrorism, and the impact of terrorism in the past, present and future.


Study of resource management doctrine, guidance and oversight provided to agencies, communities and collaborative teams who plan for and provide emergency management and homeland security-related functions for society. Homeland Security grants and grant writing, budgets, public administration, personnel, training and education programs, and critical and creative problem solving, are explored and practiced. Practicing professionals and experts guest lecture, contributing content, analysis and real-world illustrations.

Study of methods, procedures, protocols, and strategies central to emergency planning. Students will incorporate concepts into real-world projects to aid communities and organizations, providing students with authentic, hands-on experience and exposure to professionals and subject-matter experts working in emergency management, first responder-related, and homeland security fields.

Examination of terrorism as a modern weapon of power, a forensic event, and a social phenomenon. Students explore prevailing strategies, tactics and approaches designed for combating terrorism, focusing on nation and global capabilities to detect, deter and defeat such threats. Students explore types of terror, the groups, individuals and governments involved in terrorism, plus terrorist methodologies, motivations, and philosophies.

Survey of various forms of illicit activities and hazards that transcend international borders, threatening the stability of our nation’s security. The course places the US and its interests within a global context. Agencies, organizations and initiatives related to combating these threats are explored with students critically evaluating successes and challenges revealed by national and global efforts to counter or manage such activities, events, and responses.

Exploration of the broad range of national critical infrastructure sectors, networks, interdependencies, relevant government programs and initiatives, and challenges of managing such assets. Students practice risk assessments and vulnerability analysis to understand threats, hazards, likelihoods, and consequences of network attacks and disruptions related to critical infrastructure.


This course presents the basic principles and methods of social science research. Students are introduced to techniques for critical analysis of the professional practice literature and how, as consumers, they can incorporate research findings in practice. Students also acquire knowledge and skills for applying research in their practice. Similarities between the research and problem-solving processes are identified, beginning with conceptualization of the research question, followed by determination of the appropriate design and methodology, and concluding with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and presentation of findings. Professional values and ethics, as well as sensitivity to human diversity, are subsumed within the conduct of research.

Taking a service-learning approach, the course will explore approaches to communicating with various publics, legal issues and mandates for public knowledge, ethical issues and extensive understanding of strategies, planning and implementation of crisis communication efforts.


This course examines assumptions people make about catastrophes by way in-depth analysis of the way social and cultural processes which shape the experience and understanding of catastrophe, whether natural, accidental, or intentional. Students will learn how disasters emerge from the convergence of hazard, risk, and the social construction of vulnerability. This course offers students an overview of a variety of natural and man-made disasters and how society prepared for, responded to, and recovered from specific events from multiple perspectives. In doing so, students will access case studies “scientific storytelling,” as well as research and their affects on “disaster theory.” Students will gather an increased appreciation of the complexities associated with planning for and responding to natural and man-made disasters.



An upper-level practicum for students majoring in Homeland Security whose academic performance is judged adequate for placement. Practical work experience in a variety of homeland security-related agencies and organizations.




An upper-level practicum for students majoring in Homeland Security whose academic performance is judged adequate for placement. Practical work experience in a variety of homeland security-related agencies and organizations.

Capstone project, drawing upon content, concepts and competencies developed throughout a student’s academic experience with the advice and consent of the professor during the final term of the homeland security program. Capstone projects may be academic or practitioner-based. Students will also produce and refine a viable resume, capturing outcomes and skills developed as a student and elsewhere, to use as they proceed toward careers in homeland security-related fields.

18 credits:

University electives with at least 9 credits earned from upper level (300-400) courses from the following (at least 6 credits must be from courses other than military science):

6 credits of HOS 202/404 ANY special topics in homeland security

12 credits from any course prefixes below:

FOS xxx any FOS course/elective
CRJ xxx any CRJ course/elective
HOS xxx any HOS course/elective
MSC xxx any MSC course/elective

An introductory course which studies the nature and purpose of national, state, and local government, the Constitution, and the institutions and pressures of American society.

17-20 credits:

University electives

The purpose of the Homeland Security Program at Marian University is to prepare students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply to the real world of public safety. The Homeland Security Program is committed to the education of the whole person for careers in public safety leadership. The program prepares individuals to actively participate in public safety and the homeland security enterprise to prevent, protect, respond to, mitigate, and to recover from as well as to build in security, to ensure resilience intelligently and creatively to meet the dynamic demands of the professional environment in keeping the nation safe.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand the systems that effect homeland security to include the various public safety disciplines, roles of the levels of government, non-government organizations, and the private sector
  • Students will understand terrorism, counter-terrorism, prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery and describe the interconnection of each to the safety of the homeland
  • Students will analyze and evaluate situations using research based strategies to support successful homeland security decision making
  • Students will use research-based assessment practices to analyze data collected to review homeland security situations and systems
  • Students will articulate and apply constitutional, criminal and criminal procedural law to the American criminal court process as it applies to homeland security
  • Students will develop effective communication skills in order to complete the essential oral and written documentation of the work in the homeland security field

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

To be accepted into the Online Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security, you must:

  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Complete the application process by clicking here
  • Submit official transcript(s)
Reggie Parsons

In today’s world, we must place a high priority on protecting America’s infrastructure, human capital and natural resources. The Homeland Security program at Marian University has given me the tools and knowledge to understand the inner workings of how to prevent, mitigate, prepare and respond to natural or man-made disasters. Furthermore, the program has given me opportunities to prepare for a career in Homeland Security in any component I wish to pursue.

– Reginald Parson (’13)

Tracey Marx, M.A.
Assistant Dean for Adult and Online Studies

Andrea Wolf, M.A.E.
Assistant Dean for Adult and Online Studies

Alan Johnson, J.D.
Assistant Professor

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Tuition information for this program can be found here.

Term Starts & Application Deadlines

Terms Application Deadline Term Start
Spring I 2020 Jan 13th Jan 20rd
Spring II 2020 Mar 9th Mar 16st

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If you have any questions or concerns during the application process, please contact:

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45 South National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

920.923.8726 or 1-800-2-MARIAN ext. 8726