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Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness | BA

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Top 10 Reasons Why Our Degree is Right for You

  1. Directly helps you with your next promotion review!
  2. Streamlined admissions process — only an application and transcript(s) required, no ACT/SAT needed!
  3. Competitive tuition.
  4. Based on your experience and training, fewer credits may be required for completion of an NEC degree program. Fewer credits needed means you’ll earn your degree faster and save money – fewer credits also means lower cost of completion.
  5. All courses are delivered online. Advance your education no matter where you are serving your country.
  6. Flexible 7-week terms allow you to concentrate on one class at a time.
  7. BAHSEP faculty are scholar-practitioners who work in the fields of homeland security and emergency preparedness.
  8. New England College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  9. This program is a stepping stone to our MA in International Relations and Diplomacy.
  10. Our Veteran Affairs Office offers a range of support services, and the College is a designated Yellow Ribbon college with recognition by multiple military-friendly organizations.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (BAHSEP) program prepares you for opportunities in both the public and private sector for positions in and out of government, particularly in homeland security, crisis management, first response, or in any industry where an in-depth knowledge of the field is desired. Upon completion of our program you will have a solid understanding of the core principles of the field, and will be well prepared for graduate level work. 

The BAHSEP major consists of 40 credits and focuses on the intersection between theory, policy, and politics. As a BAHSEP student, you will gain an understanding of the intellectual foundations for key homeland security discussions and how those decisions affect and are effected by the political process. You will develop analytical research skills, and will be prepared to enter or continue careers in the public, private, and non-profit homeland security and emergency preparedness fields.

Our program builds and integrates your intellectual interest and experience, small group dialogue, and interaction with theoreticians and practitioners in the field. The value of this experience, opportunity to network and apply knowledge developed through the online classroom, all while earning academic credit, is at the heart of this degree program.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of our BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, you will be able to:

  • Collect, synthesize, and analyze information to better understand historical and contemporary issues in homeland security and emergency preparedness.
  • You will apply negotiation skills to collaboratively reach consensus and identification of common objectives in diverse populations with diverging interests.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key governmental and non-governmental institutions that formulate homeland security policy.
  • Articulate the nuances of national level politics, and how they influence the formulation and implementation of public policy and disaster response.
  • Formulate alternative theoretical perspectives to the analysis of homeland security and emergency preparedness.
  • Use applied research to support writing and communicating effectively in the homeland security and emergency management realms.

All students must meet the general education requirements (40 credits), requirements for the major (40 credits), and electives (40 credits) to equal 120 credits. For full program layout, including course descriptions, please visit the catalog.

Major Requirements: total of 40 credits

All courses are worth 4 credits

  • HSEP 1010 – Introduction to Homeland Security
  • HSEP 1020– U.S. Constitution and Government
  • PO/HSEP 2060 – Research Methods
  • HSEP 2150 – Crisis Communications
  • HSEP 2450 – Introduction to Homeland Security Planning
  • PO/HSEP 3580 – Global Security
  • PO/HSEP 3910 – Understanding the Causes of Terrorism
  • HSEP 4250 – Cyber Crime, Warfare, and Defense
  • HSEP 4350 – Emergency Planning and Response
  • PO/HSEP 4960 – Senior Thesis

Students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and wish to pursue a Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MAHSEP) graduate degree after completing the undergraduate BAHSEP program can enroll in up to 3 of the graduate MAHSEP courses. These courses can be used toward both the undergraduate degree and meet requirements for the graduate degree. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact the Program Director for approval.

Explore our other Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness degrees!

AA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
MA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness


Allyson Goldman
Graduate Admission Counselor