Homeland Security Major (B.S.)

Homeland Security Major (B.S.)

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Available on both the Manchester and Durham campuses, our homeland security program gives you the tools to defend, protect, act and react to threats small and large, from bioterrorism to data breaches to natural disasters.

What is homeland security? 

From terrorism to immigration, data security to climate change, corporate security to national security intelligence, natural disasters to community resilience, today’s threat environment is complex and dynamic. Students in the homeland security (HLS) program build the analytical, technical and strategic skills central to ensuring security for agencies, organizations and the nation. Security studies is a broad, interdisciplinary field, requiring professionals who possess critical thinking, problem solving, analytical and communication skills. At UNH, HLS students are empowered to identify and address challenges of national and international significance, and they are enabled to win diverse and rewarding careers in both the public and private sectors. 

Why study homeland security at UNH? 

Fully available on both the Manchester and Durham campuses, the homeland security program helps students develop a wide set of skills including leadership, strategic planning, emergency management, cybersecurity best practices, open source intelligence production and risk assessment, professional writing, and oral presentations. Our program offers substantive interdisciplinary flexibility where students can combine their B.S. in HLS with either a dual degree, double major or two minors or an associate degree. The program provides students a competitive advantage through real-world experience in their internship, capstone and classes. Rigorous academic study combined with experiential learning by subject matter experts from across the nation gives students unique skillsets that are directly relevant to employers. 

Potential career areas 

  • Corporate security 
  • Critical infrastructure protection 
  • Cybersecurity and information security 
  • Emergency management 
  • Environmental security 
  • Intelligence community 
  • Law enforcement (local/state/federal) 
  • Legal support functions 
  • Military service 
  • National security policy/analysis 
  • Risk management


James Ramsay

Chair, Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies
Office: Business, Politics, & Security Studies, 88 Commercial Street, RM 308, Manchester, NH 03101

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Graduate in four years with an education specialized around your interests. Interested in foreign affairs? Add a minor in political science or political economy. Computer science? Get an additional B.S. in analytics or computer information systems. Business-savvy? Double-major in business, or minor in entrepreneurship and communication arts.

New England Residents

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont do not offer a bachelor's-level homeland security program in their public universities, so students from these states can enroll at a reduced tuition rate.

Accelerated Master's

Diligent students can complete a B.S. in homeland security and an M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management in as little as five years by taking graduate-level courses during junior and/or senior years.

Curriculum & Requirements

Fully available on both Durham and Manchester campuses, the UNH Homeland Security program is built upon the expertise and advice of subject matter experts from around the Nation. Its proven curriculum includes practical experiences, service and experiential learning opportunities, and consulting opportunities that together empower students to manage programs and to lead people. HLS provides students with an impressive array of tools including how to do strategic planning, how to build emergency management and continuity plans, how to perform an organization-wide security and risk assessments, and how to design and evaluate exercises. The 4-year curriculum is flexible and incorporates the ability for students to take 40 credits of “breadth” as either two minors, a double major, or a dual degree.  Students transferring with an associate’s degree automatically satisfy the breadth requirement. Ultimately, the Homeland Security program empowers students to be successful on the job market or in graduate school. 

Homeland security is a broad-field, applied liberal arts degree teaching students critical thinking, writing and analysis skills. As a result, HLS creates several graduate school opportunities and opens students to dozens of career paths in both the public sector (i.e., local, state or federal government), and the private sector or the military. Students will find diverse and rewarding career opportunities in cyber security/information assurance, intelligence analysis, civil or Foreign Service, diplomatic security, law enforcement at the local, state or federal levels, emergency and disaster management, immigration, border and transportation security, policy making, corporate security, risk management, critical infrastructure protection, human security and more. 

Students must complete 128 credits to graduate. All courses within the major, fully available on both Durham and Manchester campuses, must be completed with a grade of C- or above and an overall GPA of 2.0 or above in major courses.

Core Major Requirements

HLS 410Introduction to Homeland Security4
HLS 415Fundamentals of Corporate Security4
HLS 455Introduction to Cybersecurity4
HLS 480Professional Skills in Homeland Security4
HLS 510Fundamentals of Emergency Management4
HLS 515Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience4
HLS 520Homeland Security Law and Policy4
PS 505Political Violence and Terrorism4
or POLT 570 Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
or SOC 656 Terrorism
HLS 580Environmental and Human Security4
HLS 610Exercise Design and Evaluation in Homeland Security4
HLS 650Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security4
or POLT 568 Introduction to Intelligence
HLS 760Strategic Planning and Decision Making4
or POLT 562 Strategy and National Security Policy
HLS 770Internship in Homeland Security4
or HLS 799 Thesis in Homeland Security
HLS 790Capstone in Homeland Security4
Total Credits56

Complimentary Block of Courses (Breadth Requirements)

In addition to the core HLS courses, students must complete 40 additional credits from either Durham or Manchester campuses, or both, in one of five ways:

  1. two minors;
  2. a minor and a "coherent block"/self-designed concentration approved by the HLS coordinator;
  3. a second major or a UNH dual degree;
  4. an associate's degree transferred in to UNH;
  5. some other combination of coursework with consent of the HLS program coordinator.

For additional information about the Homeland Security program, contact James Ramsay, HLS Program Coordinator, or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150.

Explore Program Details

New England is a microcosm of the nation: Our challenges reflect the breadth and depth of needs for development and education across the country, and our location brings you to the doorstep of significant local homeland security talent.

"The Homeland Security program will train the next generation of homeland security practitioners who will help to keep our country safe, and provide students with real-world skills that will make them workforce ready."

Mike Beland, Businessman and Former Obama Appointee

In addition to in-demand graduate degree options in law, diplomacy, national security, international affairs and more, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many homeland security related professions between 2012 and 2022. With expert faculty and hands-on experience in the classroom and in the field, our homeland security program prepares the next generation of heroes in intelligence analysis, cybersecurity, emergency management and more. Here are just a few of the many careers you'll be prepared for as a homeland security graduate:

  • Aviation security
  • Cybersecurity unit (Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Nike, etc.)
  • Diplomatic security (U.S. State Department)
  • Emergency management (county and state levels)
  • EMT and paramedic services
  • FBI, ATF, DEA Agent (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • FEMA, Secret Service, TSA, Cybersecurity, CBP (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Law enforcement and fire services (local, state and federal)
  • NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency (U.S. Department of Defense)
  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialist
  • Private-sector opportunities in risk management, security, cybersecurity, emergency preparedness
  • Regional security (Amazon, Google, etc.)
  • Security Specialist (Bechtel, Granger, etc.)

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Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart.

Homeland security majors have access to internships at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • American Red Cross
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • EMT and paramedic services
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Grainger Industrial Supply
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Local and state law enforcement agencies
  • N.H. Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • N.H. Department of Corrections
  • N.Y. Port Authority
  • Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant
  • Small to midsize private sector businesses

"The Homeland Security capstone course gave me the opportunity to gain real-world and professional experience. I also traveled abroad and studied security conflicts encountered by other nations."

Joey Fazzino, Regional Security Specialist, Google, Inc.

Within the 128 credits needed to graduate, all students are required to take 40 credits of breadth outside the homeland security program. This means, in addition to your B.S. in homeland security, you will graduate with an additional major or two minors. Here are a few minors that will complement your HLS degree:


The corporate security minor builds the foundation of business and strategies common to modem corporate security, from safeguarding the workforce to securing physical and digital assets.


Enhance your degree and marketability with the forensic accounting minor, which gives you the skills and techniques to examine, detect and prevent fraudulent activity in a range of business, governmental and legal venues.


Actively engage in global issues while developing cross-cultural awareness through our global studies minor, which gives you the knowlege, skills and anlytical reasoning to analyze the impact of 21st century issues on regional, national and global communities.


An excellent complement to any degree, a history minor helps you build a foundational understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural forces that influence human life.


The threats to national and homeland security are seemingly in the news every day, and with it comes the need for an educated workforce. Our homeland security minor builds your skills in this complex field, preparing you to work in dynamic environments, form partnerships, think critically and solve today's challenges.


Strengthen your understanding of foreign policy through our terrorism studies minor, which explores global and domestic politics and the origins, ideologies and goals of terrorist groups.

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We've partnered with NHTI and White Mountains Community College to develop curriculum guides that show you which NHTI and WMCC courses transfer into UNH Manchester's homeland security program. Click on a community college below to see transferable homeland security requirements:

Questions? Contact an admission counselor for help.

See the complete list of Pathways

Diligent students can complete a B.S. in homeland security and an M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management in as little as five years by taking graduate-level courses during your junior and/or senior years at UNH Manchester. You're eligible to apply for the accelerated master's program if you have a GPA of 3.2 or higher in your junior year or first semester of senior year. 

The online M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management cultivates strategic thinking, policy development and risk-management skills for a brighter cybersecurity future. The program features full-time faculty and industry experts who help blend strategy and policy with preparedness, incident response, recovery and resilience – the heart of our security studies discipline.