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Homeland Security

Department Overview
The Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) Associate degree and certificate program is designed to prepare the next generation of emergency management and policy leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to improve outcomes in disasters of all types. The online program incorporates instruction in policy as well as planning and operational components of emergency management and homeland security, including opportunities to gain practical experience and work with current incident management technologies. The program addresses competencies required of emergency management professionals in careers in federal, state of local government. Students explore the complex world of emergency and disaster management issues and learn the critical thinking and decision-making skills necessary to support and supervise comprehensive, integrated, and effective management in the event of natural, system-wide, or human-induced crises.

The curriculum provides policy foundations and advances students through core competencies in hazard identification; risk and vulnerability assessment; planning; terrorism; mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; and planning for diverse populations. The Associate in Homeland Security Emergency Management degree will develop the students’ competencies to prepare for and respond to all hazard environments, and includes an understanding of socioeconomic and cultural diversity issues.

Unique Program Text
For program and enrollment information, contact John Pennington at jpennington@pierce.ctc.edu or (253) 912-3647.

Program Outcomes
Associate in Homeland Security Emergency Management

Students will:
A. Apply effective interpersonal communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills commensurate with a defined level of responsibility.
B. Develop agency/organization specific tools to evaluate specific domestic security challenges for the 21st Century that face the United States and other industrialized nations.
C. Design and modify plans and programs at federal, state, and/or local levels to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
D. Interpret ethical and legal issues that impact emergency management and homeland security.
E. Recognize how to access and disseminate information through multiple agencies in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation/state.
F. Define the interdisciplinary nature of Homeland Security/Emergency Management functions and be able to assess and integrate various functional areas.
G. Develop policies, procedures and protocols to allow seamless agency integration from prevention to incident response scenarios.
H. Apply a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in emergency management, homeland security, and/or public policy.
I. Participate in employer-directed training for performance enhancement and career advancement.

Certificate in Homeland Security Emergency Management

Students will:
A. Apply effective interpersonal communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills commensurate with a defined level of responsibility.
B. Develop agency/organization specific tools to evaluate specific domestic security challenges for the 21st Century that face the United States and other industrialized nations.
C. Design and modify plans and programs at federal, state, and/or local levels to reflect the evolving strategic policy issues associated with a statutory and presidential direction for homeland security.
D. Recognize how to access and disseminate information through multiple agencies in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation/state.
E. Define the interdisciplinary nature of Homeland Security/Emergency Management functions and be able to assess and integrate various functional areas.
F. Apply a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in emergency management, homeland security, and/or public policy.

Course Listing

Course Listings for Homeland Security
HSEM 102 - INTRO TO HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENTGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 103 - DISASTER RECOVERY AND RESPONSEGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 104 - DEVELOPING AND MANAGING VOLUNTEER RESOURCESGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 110 - INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM/NATIONAL INCIDENT MNG SYGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 120 - ALL HAZARDS EMERGENCY PLANNINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 130 - TECHNOLOGY IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENTGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 135 - MAPPING AND DATA ANALYSIS TOOLS
HSEM 157 - PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (SAME AS FCA 157)
HSEM 160 - EMERGENCY RESPONSE AWARENESS TO TERRORISM
HSEM 175 - EMERGENCY BUSINESS CONTINUITY FUNDAMENTALS
HSEM 180 - PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
HSEM 190 - HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIAL TOPICSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 200 - EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 210 - EXERCISE DESIGN AND EVALUATIONGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 220 - DEVELOPING AND MANAGING VOLUNTEER RESOURCESGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 230 - DISASTER RECOVERY AND RESPONSEGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 235 - HOMELAND SECURITY LAW AND ETHICSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 240 - HOMELAND SEC EMERG MNGT-WORK BASED LEARNING EXPGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 250 - HOMELAND SECURITY LAW AND ETHICSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
HSEM 330 - RISK ASSESSMENT FOR HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 340 - EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
HSEM 357 - EXTERNAL AFFAIRS FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 360 - LEADERSHIP IN HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 365 - SYSTEMS THINKING AND INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP
HSEM 370 - CONTINUITY PLANNING FOR BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT
HSEM 380 - RISK REDUCTION FOR HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 410 - ETHICS AND CRITICAL THINKING IN HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 420 - TECHNOLOGY AND CYBERSECURITY IN HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 430 - LEGAL ISSUES IN HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 440 - GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) FOR HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 449 - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
HSEM 450 - WORKBASED LEARNING FOR HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 460 - RESEARCH METHODS IN HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HSEM 470 - HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CAPSTONE PROJECT