Homeland Security Studies, Certificate I

Homeland Security Studies

Certificate I


The Homeland Security Studies Program at Laredo College will provide a foundational understanding of DHS and its core mission of protecting the nation while simultaneously ensuring safe and efficient travel and commerce.  This program will help prepare students for future employment while creating an understanding of the various occupational elements contained within DHS. 

Specifically, this course will help prepare students for a career as an employee with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, as an Intelligence Analyst, or any of the multiple administrative support positions needed to continue the homeland security mission. 


The Certificate I in Homeland Security Studies provides students with an introduction to fundamental Homeland Security practices. Students will be able to participate in hands on technical training that will serve as a bases for advanced courses. This award leads to Certificate II of the Homeland Security Studies program. 

Visit www.laredo.edu/pathways to view guided pathways created for students who complete an AAS degree and the options for transfer. Speak with an academic advisor at your college to choose courses that will help you to transfer to a specific university.

Plan of Study

Recommended Course Sequence Semesters Offered Credit Hours
Semester 1
LEAD 1200- Workforce Development with Critical Thinking Fall, Spring 2
HMSY 1337- Introduction to Homeland Security Fall, Spring 3
HMSY 1471- Border Protection and Transportation Security Fall, Spring 4
HMSY 1491- Special Topics Fundamentals of Homeland Security Law Fall, Spring 4
CJLE 1327 - Interviewing and Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professions Fall, Spring 3
16 Hours
This Certificate leads to Certificate II of Homeland Security Studies Program