Homeland Security AS
SUNY Jefferson
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Homeland Security AS

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Transfer
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Law and justice, criminal investigation, public service
  • Skill Building: Problem-solving, communication, leadership
  • Career Options: Law enforcement, government, military
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5505

Help keep communities safe with a Homeland Security A.S. degree

Whether you’re a recent high-school graduate, a military veteran, or an experienced law enforcement officer, Jefferson’s new Homeland Security A.S. program can prepare you for a career in terrorism prevention, border security, disaster preparedness, and emergency response. Our curriculum teaches you to analyze evidence and intelligence data, identify security risks, and devise response plans to protect the United States and its citizens. You’ll focus on preventing and investigating crimes, apprehending suspected criminals, and managing public safety at the local, state, or federal levels.

You will be ready for continued studies at a four-year college or law enforcement academy or to start a career fighting crime.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation in national and international crime prevention and security
  • Career readiness whether you’re a rookie or an experienced professional
  • Opportunities for hands-on practice of crime prevention and investigation techniques

Build skills for careers in law enforcement and security

Homeland security is a dynamic and diverse career field. You can work with government and businesses to ensure the nation and its people are protected from criminal and natural disasters. You may prevent terrorism, keep our borders safe, investigate cybersecurity, test new security technologies, and respond in the event of pandemics, earthquakes, or severe weather.

Homeland security graduates find work with U.S. law enforcement agencies including Border Patrol, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, ICE, or TSA, or with FEMA, private companies, and nonprofits.

Learn to protect the United States from terrorism and espionage

When you complete the Homeland Security A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Identify issues confronting homeland security
  • Respond to a wide range of threats from terrorism
  • Apply provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and ethical, constitutional, and understand civil liberties issues involved in intelligence operations
  • Apply homeland security theories to current and emerging technologies to improve performance and effectiveness of public and private entities


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday


Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

As a Jefferson graduate, you can continue your education at colleges and universities in the area and beyond. Popular transfer destinations for Jefferson grads include SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Canton, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

We have formal transfer agreements with:

  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Empire State College


Degree requirements for Homeland Security A.S.

Effective Spring 2019

Homeland Security Requirements (18 credit hours)
Homeland Security Requirements (18 credit hours) Credit Hours
HLS 108: Introduction to Homeland Security  3
HLS 117: Intelligence Analysis and Homeland Security  3
Choose 3 courses from the following:
     HLS 109: Domestic Terrorism and Extremist Groups 
     HLS 111: Mind of a Terrorist I
     HLS 114: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
     HLS 217: Mind of a Terrorist II
     HLS 218: Homeland Security Laws and Ethics
     HLS 219: Transportation and Border Security
     HLS 220: Homeland Security in the Private and Corporate Sectors
Criminal Justice Requirements (6 credit hours)
Criminal Justice Requirements (6 credit hours) Credit Hours
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 102: Criminal Administrative Procedures or
CRJ 106: Introduction to Policing or

CRJ 200: Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice
Liberal Arts Requirements (34 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (34 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher1 3
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology  3
STA 151: Public Speaking or
STA 211 Managing Conflict 
POL 121: Introduction to American Government  3
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology  3
SOC 245: Criminology 3
Laboratory Science Elective2 4
Mathematics or Science Elective3  3
Choose TWO courses from two different areas:
American History – HIS 151
Western Civilization – HIS 111, HIS 112, POL 127, or PHI 101
The Arts – ART 104
Foreign Language – any foreign language including ASL
Restricted Elective Requirement
Restricted Elective Requirement (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
POL 126: World Affairs or
CIS 110: Introduction to Computing and Applications
Physical Education Requirements
Physical Education Requirements 2 Credit Hours 

Total Credit Hours 63


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Advising Notes:  
1Mathematics course selected from the Knowledge Area of Mathematics in the SUNY General Education Course List (except MTH 148 or MTH 149).  
2Selected from the Knowledge Area of Natural Science in the SUNY General Education Course List.   
3Selected from the Knowledge Area of Mathematics or Natural Science in the SUNY General Education Course List.  


Program contacts

Paul Alteri

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2442

Nicholas Thornthwaite

Instructor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2494