Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: March 2, 2020
Date of Second Reading: March 30, 2020
Title of Motion: Request from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions – School of Criminology and Criminal Justice – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Homeland Security
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice currently offers an undergraduate certificate in homeland security. We also offer a range of online courses at the graduate level concerning homeland security issues that students often take as electives. Students frequently inquire about whether they could earn a certificate in this area of specialization. As a result, the proposed certificate is being developed in response to student calls for such an option as the overall career outlook in this field is strong. The Homeland Security Certificate will provide students with the skills and credentials necessary to prepare them to enter fields specializing in Homeland Security. Students will receive extended education in topics pertaining to Homeland Security such as Domestic and International Terrorism, Cyber Terrorism, and advanced crime courses.