B.S. in Criminal Justice: Homeland Security Specialization

Program Overview

Prepare to defend critical national infrastructures.

Discover what goes into safeguarding some of our most valuable national assets and develop your understanding of international politics, threat and vulnerability analysis, contingency planning, and counterterrorism measures.

Discover what goes into safeguarding some of our most valuable national assets and develop your understanding of international politics, threat and vulnerability analysis, contingency planning, and counterterrorism measures.

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Pay 2020 Rates in 2021*. Tuition Rates will remain steady for the 2020-21 academic year.
*Tuition freeze is subject to change on June 1, 2021
 

Security in Service

Utica College's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security prepares you to enter the workforce well acquainted with the emergency management response cycle, disaster recovery, and the global aspects of security administration.

 
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          Career Outlook

          Provide the leadership and know-how your country needs to protect its national critical infrastructures by joining this dynamic and vital field. Gain the latest knowledge and skills to join the ranks of homeland security professionals and graduate ready to respond as new threats emerge.

          Career Spotlight: Immigration Agent

          $62,960/year

          Prevent illegal immigration, child trafficking, drug smuggling, and other crimes that cross national borders as an immigration agent.1

          Career Spotlight: Homeland Security Detective

          $127,000/year

          Join the first response to terroristic threats and other national security breaches. Assess vulnerabilities and risks, create strategic emergency response plans, and respond to international developments.2

          Other titles you may qualify for:

          • Air Marshall
          • CIA Officer/Analyst
          • ICE Agent
          • Border Patrol Agent

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Prepared for Tomorrow's Threats

          Enforcement and application of the law is just one part of protecting national assets and interests. Changing technology, shifting international politics, and the emergence of new threats mean the field is dynamic and responsive. So too is our curriculum, carefully built to prepare our graduates for the realities of criminal justice at the national and international levels.

          Course Spotlight: CRJ 307 - Homeland Security and Counter Terrorism

          Explore America's national critical infrastructures and how to safeguard and manage them when under threat. Learn about key asset identification, threat and vulnerability analysis, risk assessment and management, crisis and consequence management, and related counterterrorism technologies. Gain understanding of crucial information systems, as well as the importance of strategic and contingency planning, systems integration, and information sharing.

           

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Course Spotlight: CRJ 311 - Emergency Management

          Gain an overview of the emergency management response cycle: planning, response, recovery, and mitigation while getting an introduction to FEMA, the Incident Command System, and the National Incident Management System.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          Most students complete this program in 40 months (or 3.5 years). We've designed our programs to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, students are expected to take one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester.

          No. This program is for students who want to begin or grow their career in criminal justice.

          Utica College's criminal justice program is $450 per credit. Additional expenses can include:

          • Distance Learning Fee: $70 per online course
          • Graduation Fee: $55
          • Tuition Deposit Fee: $300 (one-time fee; if you have a FAFSA on file, you may not be required to pay this fee, and if you are using VA tuition benefits, you are not required to pay this fee. Please note that you have a FAFSA or VA benefits on your tuition deposit card.)

          Learn more on the criminal justice tuition page.

          It's up to you. We've designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          This is a bachelor-completer program, meaning you must have attended a regionally accredited institution and hold an associate's degree or have earned a minimum of 57 credits from a four-year college or university prior to enrolling in the program.

          To earn the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree, you'll complete a total of 120 credit hours. Required courses will range from major courses to specializations and general electives.

          Learn more on the criminal justice curriculum page.

          Yes. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and for which you received a grade of "C" or better. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you've attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

          Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar's Office. If you want to check credit elegibility ahead of time, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).

          SOURCES:

          1Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2017). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Police and Detectives. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm
          2Glassdoor (2018). U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigator Salaries. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/US-Department-of-Homeland-Security-Criminal-Investigator-Salaries-E34085_D_KO35,56.htm