Homeland Security Policy
Events of the past 30 years — including the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 — have heightened America’s awareness of terrorism and made homeland security a national focus. It is a subject, though, that has long been of concern to other countries around the world.
Open to all majors, this minor offers students the opportunity to add a focus in homeland security to their professional or academic plans. Homeland security is a rapidly growing field with a high demand for skilled professionals in both government and private industry.
This minor also is a valuable option for students whose careers would benefit from an understanding of such issues as risk assessment, world politics and civil liberties.
The M.A. in Homeland Security provides students with a multidisciplinary program that goes beyond conventional studies of the subject. The degree is designed to give students broad training in the theoretical and applied nature of security studies and then to offer students the ability to specialize in Global or Domestic Security. The M.A. explores the causes and consequences of political violence and how the U.S’s internal and global environment impact issues of security within the nation and globally. Students would also learn about the institutions, actors and processes that support the security community. It explores the tools and actions the US and other governments can utilize in maintaining security and the consequences of doing so. Finally, the graduate program in Homeland Security Policy provides students with the foundation for pursing careers in the security sector.
- Minor in Homeland Security
Michael Brogan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Fine Arts 254
Program Website: www.rider.edu/polsci
Associated Department: Political Science Department
Homeland Security Minor Requirements
(24 credit hours)
|HLS 100||Intro to American Politics||3|
|HLS 202||The Pol. Sys - Theories/Theme||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Development and Structure of the US Intelligence Community|
|Civil Liberties in the US|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Terrorism,Revolut & Polit Viol|
|Terrorism & Counter Terrorism|
|U.S. Constitutional Law|
|Pol Behvr:Fear, Risk & Crisis|
|Congres Power&Security Policy|
|Pre. Power & Natl Security Pol|
|Liberal Democracy in Times of Stress|
|U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Policy|
|Critical Views of Global Security|
|The Judicial Process|
|Hum Rights in Global Context|
|Intership in NJ Homeland Secur|
Depending upon eligibility and availability
Courses and Descriptions
HLS 100 Intro to American Politics 3 Credits
An examination of basic principles of the U.S. constitutional system; the operation of the democratic process; the organization, powers and procedures of Congress, the presidency and the federal judiciary; and the functions, services, and financing of the national government. Emphasis is on public issues, national priorities, and civil liberties. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 100. Students may not get credit for both HLS 100 and POL 100.
HLS 202 The Political System - Theories/Theme 3 Credits
This course serves as a gateway to the subfields of comparative politics and international relations. The concept of the political system helps political scientists to organize political interrelations into patterns that allow systematic selection and interpretation of information and the study of processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of settings. The course introduces students to the main brands of normative theory prescribing the principles directing the operation of the political system, to some of the most important methods used to compare political systems and/or their components, and to the foremost approaches utilized in the study of the relations between political systems and their environments. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 202. Students may not get credit for both HLS 202 and POL 202.
HLS 203 Homeland Security 3 Credits
The course is designed to help students increase their knowledge and understanding of homeland security policy. The course will consider why and how homeland security problems impact the public agenda, why some solutions are adopted and others rejected, and why some policies appear to succeed while others appear to fail. The course will primarily examine policy making at the national level in the United States, but will also analyze examples at the state and local level, as well as placing U.S. policy in a comparative perspective. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 203. Students may not get credit for both HLS 203 and POL 203.
HLS 204 Development and Structure of the US Intelligence Community 3 Credits
This course provides a historical review of intelligence following World War II. It will examine the major functions of intelligence, as well as intelligence as a part of the foreign policy process: collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and convert action. Students will be introduced to a range of collection procedures: human, open source, electronic, photographic, and signal, with emphasis placed on interpreting and writing intelligence summaries. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 204. Students may not get credit for both POL 204 and HLS 204.
HLS 219 Terrorism, Revolutions and Political Violence 3 Credits
Revolutions are the mad inspiration of history.” Trotsky’s characterization calls attention to three important dimensions of violent political participation: the historical settings, ideology, and emotional fervor of the practitioners. The course focuses on these dimensions by analyzing revolutionary and terrorist movements in the 20th century. Special attention is given to the use of violence in the post-Cold War new world disorder. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 219 and GLS 219. Students may only get credit for one course: HLS 219, GLS 219 or POL 219.
HLS 220 Terrorism & Counter Terrorism 3 Credits
This course introduces students to the arguments about the definition of terrorism, the historical use of terrorism and the roles of ideology, religion, and psychological factors that help explain and predict it. The course seeks to identify the components of national security policy aimed at countering such elements and their cost, both in financial and civil right terms. Finally, to illuminate both the definition and the policies discussed, the course will offer brief comparisons with other states, especially Israel, the UK, and Russia.
HLS 270 Networking/Telecommunications 3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to business data communications and networking. The Internet and OSI models are discussed. Network technologies include local area networks, backbone, wide area networks, and the Internet. Introduction to network design, security, and network management are also provided.
Prerequisite(s): CIS 185.
HLS 300 U.S. Constitutional Law 3 Credits
The role of the Supreme Court in the American political system is assessed. Topics include the staffing and functioning of the Supreme Court and the federal judicial bureaucracy, the origins and development of judicial review, and the role of the Supreme Court in national policy-making. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 300. Students may not get credit for both HLS 300 and POL 300.
HLS 301 Civil Liberties in the US 3 Credits
The American doctrine of civil liberties in theory and practice. Emphasis on analyzing the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and religion, the right of privacy, and the problem of discrimination in the context of contemporary issues and problems. Particular attention to the role of the Supreme Court in this area. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 301. Students may not get credit for both HLS 301 and POL 301.
HLS 304 Political Behavior: Fear, Risk and Crisis 3 Credits
The course focuses on various analytical approaches in behavioral political science. It does so by advancing students' knowledge of the cognitive aspects of whether citizens engage in various types of political behavior-e.g., voting/non-voting, the formation of political partisanship and ideology, issue perceptions, responding to risk and uncertainty in the political environment, and engaging in civic political participation. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 304. Students may not get credit for both HLS 304 and POL 304.
HLS 314 Congressional Power and National Security Policy 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is for students to identify, examine, analyze, and interpret the role of Congress in shaping national security policy with a particular emphasis on the institution’s role in the Global War on Terror. Particular attention is paid to the role of the US government being able to balance individual rights and liberties within the national security state. Last, the course also takes an in-depth analysis of the U.S. Congress, looking comparatively at how legislatures in other nations have dealt with crafting their own security policies. The course will address the following questions: First, what is the role of Congress in national security policy, what does it do, and why? Second, what are the various ways of studying the relationship between the legislative and executive branches of government in the US system as it relates to the Global War on Terror? Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 314. Students may not get credit for both HLS 314 and POL 314.
HLS 316 Presidential Power and National Security Policy 3 Credits
This course examines the development of the National Security State since the Second World War, and the ways in which it has affected, and been affected by, the Federal Executive. Topics to be covered will include the post-World War II redefinition of “national security”, the Cold War (with a special focus upon war powers during Korea and Vietnam) and the changes that have occurred with the “War on Terror." Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 316. Students may not get credit for both POL 316 and HLS 316.
HLS 325 Public Administration 3 Credits
Public administration in modern society, emphasizing the administrative formulation of public policy and its implementation. Attention on who gets what, when, and how from the decisions of administrative units; the role administrators have in policy-making compared to elected legislators, chief executives and judges; the effect administrators have on the benefits citizens receive from government; and the effect administrators have on citizens’ behavior. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 325. Students may not get credit for both HLS 325 and POL 325.
HLS 346 Liberal Democracy in Times of Stress 3 Credits
This course explores historic and present day cases, ranging across Europe and the US, in which liberal democratic governments, under stress because of subversion, sabotage, invasion, rebellion, or the effects of economically caused chaos, take on emergency powers to become so-called “states of exception.” While in some cases such states have imposed mild and limited emergency measures, others have employed more draconian measures, suspending, if not dissolving, constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties, often for indeterminate and protracted periods. How various states have behaved in emergency situations will be the major content of this course. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 346. Students may not get credit for both HLS 346 and POL 346.
HLS 350 U.S. Foreign Policy and Security Policy 3 Credits
Principles, institutions, and processes involved in the formulation and implementation of policies regarding the nation’s military, economic, and environmental security within the global framework. Strands, trends, and problem areas in U.S. foreign policy, with focus on the changing global environment of the post-Cold War world. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 350, GLS 350. Students may get credit only once.
HLS 351 Critical Views of Global Security 3 Credits
This course will examine the foundations of international security. It will examine the concept of security from both the macro and micro level. We will discuss a mix of security strategies (balance of power, alliances, rearmament, collective security, deterrence), theoretical perspective on security (Neorealism, Neoliberalism, Critical Theory, Copenhagen School), great power and third world security, democratic and non-democratic security, classic threats (changes in relative power, proliferation) and new threats (enviroment, population movements, terrorism), and concepts of security ranging from state survial, to societal security, to unit level-variables such as Human Security. Note: This course is cross-listed as HLS 351. Students may not get credit for both HLS 351 and POL 351.
HLS 361 Courts, Judges and Politics 3 Credits
In-depth examination of the nature of judicial decision-making and the impact that judicial decisions have on society. Considers the sources of judicial authority, judicial fact-finding, statutory and constitutional interpretation, individual and collective processes of judicial decision-making, relations between judges and other government officials, and the political consequences of judicial decisions with particular emphasis on federal courts and judges. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 361. Students may not get credit for both POL 361 and HLS 361.
HLS 363 Human Rights in Global Context 3 Credits
Examines human rights – droits de l’homme, derechos humanos, Menschenrechte, “the rights of man” – are, literally, the rights that one has because one is human. What does it mean to have a right? How are being human and having rights related? This course provides an introduction to theory and global practice of human rights. Human rights claims play an increasingly central role in political and social struggles across the world. The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 signaled a proliferation of international human rights law and transnational non-governmental activism. While the promotion of human rights has become global, adherence to those standards remains highly uneven and gross violations and atrocities continue to occur. Given the breath and complexity of the human rights movement, including its engagement with law, politics and morals, in radically different cultures, this course is by its very nature multidisciplinary. Note: This course is cross-listed as POL 363. Students may not get credit for both HLS 363 and POL 363.
HLS 420 Enterprise Security 3 Credits
Students will be provided with complete coverage of computer security in all forms including hardware, network, and software program security. Through hands-on labs, students will learn firsthand how enterprise systems can be comprised and how computer professionals can prevent and provide counterattacks for security intrusions.
Prerequisite(s): CIS 310 or permission of instructor.
HLS 491 Internship in NJ Homeland Security 1-4 Credits
Students work under supervision in a public agency, political party, or public interest group. A minimum of 52 hours of field work per credit required, with regular reports and a concluding critique analyzing and evaluating the experience. Primarily for seniors and qualified juniors. No more than six credits allowed toward graduation.
Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.