Homeland Security (minor)

About the Program

Homeland Security has become a critical part of many organizations, employers and college course offerings.  The homeland security minor will provide the student with the basic subject knowledge for a possible career in the following disciplines: security of government facilities, private sector security, state and local police officers, federal law enforcement agents, Intelligence Community intelligence analysts, state and local government positions, public health and public safety administrators, counterterrorism professionals, and community leaders. 


The student who graduates with a minor in homeland security will be able to:

  • Analyze the history of homeland security and evolving concepts in the field in relation to domestic and international security.
  • Describe homeland security policies, operational theories, functions, and issues from both the domestic and international perspectives.
  • Differentiate the various threats to domestic and international security.
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking and program management skills necessary to provide leadership and support in homeland security.
  • Describe and analyze issues related to cooperation among the international community, state governments, Intelligence Community, local jurisdictions, and private industry.
  • Lay the groundwork for the basic skills in understanding intelligence operations, infrastructure protection, responses to terrorism and terrorist incidents, and the development of homeland security.

Degree Requirements

A degree with a minor in homeland security requires the successful completion of 24 credit hours of coursework.  At least 12 credit hours must be earned in upper level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Total Completion Hours:  24

   Core Requirements
 12 hours
 CJ 101   Introduction to Criminal Justice System   3 hrs.
 HLS 200
 Fundamentals of Homeland Security   3 hrs.  
 HLS 300
 Government and Homeland Security  3 hrs.  
 POL 405
 Terrorism Studies    3 hrs.  Prerequisite: American Government
   Electives  12 hours
 HLS 350   Critical Infrastructure Protection   3 hrs.  
 POL 352  International Relations  3 hrs.  Prerequisite: American Government
 HLS 480  Selected Topics    3 hrs.  
 CJ 450  Victimology      3 hrs.  Prerequisite: Intro. to the Criminal Justice System
 HLS 400  Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis    3 hrs.  
 CHS 234  World Religions   3 hrs.  
 HLS 485  Internship/Independent Study     
   General Education Requirements Must Include:
 POL 110
 American Government
 CJ 101
 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System  



Professor Max Wise is the lead professor for the Homeland Security minor.  Before teaching at Campbellsville University, Professor Wise was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) where he worked in the intelligence and counterterrorism arena.  Professor Wise worked at FBI Headquarters, FBI Lexington (KY) Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI Louisville Field Intelligence Group, and was the FBI’s representative at the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security’s Intelligence Fusion Center.  His expertise is in Al-Qaeda and domestic extremists.