Homeland Security Certificate

Beginning with the fall semester, the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP), School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), College of Architecture and Urban Studies(CAUS), and Center for Technology, Security, and Policy (CTSP) are offering a new graduate certificate in Homeland Security Policy. The certificate focuses on domestic issues of security from a policy perspective. The program requires the completion of four homeland security courses with a major paper option that introduce students to the complexity of the homeland security environment and expose them to a broad array of issues relating to homeland security strategy, policy formulation, administrative and organizational challenges, planning and operations.

Admission and award requirements for the Certificate of Homeland Security Policy are equivalent to those of the Graduate School and the following CPAP program requirements:

For persons not already enrolled in a Virginia Tech masters or doctoral program:
• Admission as a Commonwealth Campus student

For enrolled Virginia Tech Master’s and Doctoral Students:
• Graduate status in an established academic department
• Submission of an application signed by the student’s major professor

Students seeking a certificate must complete four courses (twelve hours of graduate coursework). Three courses focused on 1) the threat (PAPA 5264), 2) prevention (PAPA 6264), and 3) response and recovery (PAPA 5354) will be required for all students. A fourth course will be selected from specified electives.
Those who pursue a homeland security concentration as part of an MPA degree program will complete the three required courses in the threat, prevention, and response and recovery and an internship, major paper or thesis on an approved topic related to homeland security policy. Those who pursue a homeland security concentration as part of a Ph.D. program will complete the three required courses and a dissertation or a scholarly paper on an approved topic related to homeland security policy.

Required Courses
PAPA 5254: HOMELAND SECURITY AND THE TERRORIST THREAT. A multidisciplinary introduction to the theory, strategy, decision making, and doctrine of Homeland Security as practiced in the U. S. Describes the threat, nature of current global conflicts in which the U.S. is engaged, America’s foreign and domestic policy responses to 9/11, and strategic and operational homeland security functions. Designed to promote the understanding of subject matter, simplification of issues, and consensus decision making.

PAPA 6264: ADVANCED TOPICS IN POLICY SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: HOMELAND SECURITY AND PREVENTION. Consideration of the critical integration of national security and homeland security policies and operational activities at the federal, state, and local levels to create management systems that function effectively in complex environments. This course examines the relationship between national security policies that manifest themselves in the international arena and homeland security policies that focus on U.S. domestic issues. Includes advanced study of information sharing, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, transportation systems, borders, and response and recovery operations.

PAPA 5354: HOMELAND SECURITY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY. Multi-disciplinary policy course focused on emergency response and recovery following catastrophic manmade and natural disasters in the U.S. Emphasis on strategic and operational decision making; response models and strategies; the preparation, response and recovery roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local jurisdictions; and federal policy alternatives to address the complex resource challenges of multi-jurisdictional response planning and operations execution. Designed to promote understanding of subject matter, simplification of issues, and consensus decision making.

Elective Courses

PAPA/STS 6664: ADVANCED TOPICS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. COMPLEXITY, EMERGING POLICY, DOCTRINE AND STRATEGY. Variable topics in science and technology policy. Includes advanced study of science, technology, and economy; science, technology, and power; strategies for research and development policy, public and private sector; transfer of technology; technological forecasting; government regulation and responses; science policy assumptions and challenges, specialist knowledge and expertise; state and academic knowledge production; issues of race, class, gender, and national identity in policy work.

GIA 5514: GLOBAL SECURITY. This course examines the changing nature of global security. It offers an introduction to the meaning of global security at a time of rapid change in international affairs. It examines the traditional sources of insecurity in the international system, the rising concerns and threats to global security from ethnic conflicts and failing states, and the emerging new security agenda arising from challenges to global stability including threats arising from poverty, discrimination, environmental degradation and the lack of human rights. This course seeks to understand the root causes of insecurity and the various challenges to international stability in the contemporary international system. We will discuss the policy implications of these security challenges, the mechanisms developed by the international community, and the response of states and other actors in the international system to meet these challenges today.

Courses will be offered at Virginia Tech facilities in the National Capital Region.

For more information, please contact us at ctsp@vt.edu