Homeland Security Minor

Students in Professor Jim Ramsay's homeland security class

The threats to national and homeland security are seemingly in the news every day, whether from asymmetric transnational insurgents, failing technological infrastructure or Mother Nature. Individuals, corporations and governments alike are all invested in protecting against cyber threats, natural disasters and criminals.

Protecting citizen health and safety, the environment, national interests at home and abroad and US economic infrastructures are central to the nation’s ability to survive in an increasingly complex, competitive and hostile world.  As threats to the United States continuously evolve, an educated workforce who understands how to function in dynamic environments, form partnerships, think critically, make complex decisions and engage in the community is key. 

The Homeland Security minor is designed to provide a professional experience to students not majoring in Homeland Security, but who are interested in aspects of the discipline. This minor will show you how homeland security issues, challenges and tools relate to — and add breadth to — your specific major.

"Homeland security is more important today than at any time in recent memory. UNH Manchester's Homeland Security program provides students with not only the theoretical, but allows students to learn and apply practical solutions to real world problems."

Hans Olson, ‎Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Senior Advisor fpr Antiterrorism and Cybersecurity, ‎Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The HLS Minor has three parts:

  1. All students must complete HLS 410 - Introduction to Homeland Security.
  2. Choose one course from the following:
    • ​​HLS 415 - Fundamentals of Corporate Security
    • HLS 455 - Foundations of Information Security 
  3. Choose three courses from the following:
    • PS 505 - Political Violence and Terrorism​​
    • HLS 510 - Fundamentals of Emergency Management
    • HLS 515 - Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
    • HLS 520 - Homeland Security Law and Policy
    • HLS 650 - Intelligence Systems and Structures
    • HLS 760 - Strategic Planning and Decision Making 

Five courses must be completed for the minor. A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all courses in the minor. All substitutions for courses must be approved by the HS program coordinator. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be in the minor. At least 12 credits must be taken at UNH.

Contact Professor James Ramsay, minor supervisor, for additional information. 

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