Inspiring safety and security in our community.

You value the safety and security of yourself and others in your community and throughout our nation. You seek to be a leader in one of the fastest growing fields in the United States, which is why you’re interested in earning a degree in homeland security from Marian University.

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.

Request Information

The 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

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Sample Course Plan:
Download Sample Course Plan

36 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.

This course is the final in a six-course comprehensive certificate in leadership for Homeland Security. The Capstone Project will be an individual research, design, and implementation project chosen by each student. Projects are approved by the faculty member leading the Capstone Course. The expectation is that this would be a significant project acting as a capstone for their Homeland Security Leadership education. Depending on the student’s interest there may be more of a research and writing aspect to the work or possibly more design and implementation of software. The project would be structured with various deliverables during the semester and culminating with a colloquium at the end of the semester. The particular content of each presentation is agreed upon in advance by each student (or sub-group) and the professor. The professor will arrange for each of the students taking the senior seminar to give presentations preferably at the end the term to the cohort, seminar groups and any other interested faculty and students. (Senior status or Homeland Security Leadership Certificate completion or permission.)

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 gain an understanding of the homeland security enterprise to include 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

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 health care, as well as the private sector and non-governmental service organizations.

Criminal justice program video

Inspired to serve the community, students in Marian’s homeland security program share their stories about how they are working to fill a need in public safety.

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

At Marian University, you’ll find committed faculty and staff aiming to help you reach your fullest potential. Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s homeland security program prepares you 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.

Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.


Tim Neumann is a government contractor with FCi Federal, and is currently on contract with the FBI’s National Name Check Program as a Research Analyst. Prior to accepting his current position, Tim participated in a unique internship with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC). He graduated from Marian University with a B.S. degree with majors in Homeland Security and Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. (’13)



“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 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)

Alan Johnson, J.D.
Assistant Professor

Marian University’s homeland security program offers experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students so classroom knowledge and skills can be applied. Graduate schools, as well as employers, look for students who have practical field experiences. Preparing for the future, students in the homeland security program have found internships at the local, state and federal levels, as well as in various private organizations.

Apply Now

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission