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Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security American Military University (AMU)

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a comprehensive, highly interactive, web-based degree program that is designed for criminal justice and social service professionals who wish to continue graduate education or who need additional knowledge and skills to advance to high-level positions in their profession. It is also designed to be used as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice degree program.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree is earned upon the successful completion of 30 graduate credits (15 credits of core requirements, to include a written capstone research paper, and 15 credits of electives courses).

To be admitted to the degree program, applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related field from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If the degree is an unrelated field, applicants must have a minimum of three years of occupational experience in the field of criminal justice.

AMU Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security is designed to provide broad coverage of the major homeland security threats, organization, and challenges through course study in homeland defense, intelligence and homeland security, terrorism, consequence management, and interagency government issues.

Students must complete 15 graduate credit hours to earn the Graduate Certificate.

The Articulation Agreement

Currently, the UWP Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program offers an emphasis in Criminal Justice Management. The criminal justice management emphasis will consist of 15 elective credits, 6 credits from UWP Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program and 9 credits from AMU Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security.

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security consists of:

Core Course
NS510 Homeland Defense (3 credits)
The purpose of this course in homeland security is to explore the boundaries in this 21st century national security mission by examining the threats, the actors, and the organizational structures and resources required to defend the American homeland. The terrorist attacks on September 11 and the pursuant anthrax tragedies have forced homeland security to the forefront of American policymaking. This course will examine how we have shifted the emphasis to protect the US homeland from the defensive measures taken during the Cold War to both reactive and proactive actions against the wide variety of asymmetric threats posed by international terrorism.

12 Credits Hours Chosen From:

DM576 Consequence Management: Terrorism Preparation & Response (3 credits)
This course addresses the potential results from nuclear, biological, and chemical incidents or uses. Topics include public health consequences of such incidents, emergency planning and response measures in place among U.S. agencies, and emerging detection and management technologies. Existing vulnerabilities to types of incidents and attacks will also be discussed.

EM632 Quarantine (3 credits)
This course is a study of the theoretical, historical, and contemporary issues associated with quarantine as a public health and safety measure. Students will learn of quarantine strategy, implementation, effectiveness, and debate. The course topics will include consideration of quarantine as a health and safety measure in the modern homeland security strategy.

IN547 Intelligence and Homeland Security (3 credits)
This course discusses the relationships between intelligence and homeland security. It uses a historical case study approach, analyzing both past and contemporary homeland security issues from an intelligence perspective. This course also analyzes the evolving relationship between intelligence and homeland security/homeland defense strategy from the beginning of World War I to the present. It includes an end-of-course outline exercise in which students will be placed in the role of the U.S. National Security Council (or another governing power) having to deal with a hypothetical 21st Century homeland security crisis.

LC537 Forecasting Terrorism (3 credits)
This course will expose the students to a variety of new indications and warnings methodologies and analytic tools, as well as the extensive academic, government, policy literature on terrorism forecasting that has been developed in the terrorism analytic community to assess and forecast terrorism in its numerous dimensions. The course will provide students with the analytic capability to understand the types of terrorist threats that are most likely to confront the U.S. and its allies.

NS593 Comparative Homeland Security (3 credits)
This course focuses on non-US homeland security policies, strategies, and organization. Topics include emergency and disaster management, public health, intelligence counter-terrorism, military/civil defense, law enforcement, boarder and coastal security, immigration, aviation security, among others. The course is designed to address the many different ways that security is handled in industrialized nations around the world, with students analyzing effective and efficient versus ineffective and inefficient systems of homeland security.

Transfer Credits

UWP Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program will accept 9 credits from AMU students who enroll in the UWP Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program. In order for AMU students to receive graduate credits from UWP, they must: (1) meet all admission requirements of the UWP Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program, (2) complete the 15 credits Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and (3) successfully complete the core curriculum (15 credits) and electives (6 credits) of the UWP Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program. UWP will not award any graduate credit for AMU courses that do not satisfy the terms of this agreement.

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