Homeland Security Studies, Certificate II

Homeland Security Studies

Certificate II


The Homeland Security Studies program will create 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 II in Homeland Security Studies provides students a further understanding of the complex nature of duties performed by DHS employees. Another unique offering in our program occurs at the conclusion of the second semester when after the students complete GISC 1491 Special Topics: Drone Fundamentals, they are able to test for their national Federal Aviation Adminstration drone pilot's license which will be a distingquishing entry on their resume. 

Visit www.laredo.edu/pathways to view guided pathways created for students who complete an AS 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
Semester 2
HMSY 1340 - Homeland Security Intelligence Operations Fall, Spring 3
HMSY 2306 - Organized Crime and Terrorism Fall, Spring 3
ITSY 1300 - Fundamentals of Information Security Fall, Spring 3
GISC 1491 - Special Topics: Drone Fundamentals Fall, Spring 4
CJSA 1342- Criminal Investigations Fall, Spring 3
16 Hours
This Certificate leads to the AAS degree of Homeland Security Studies Program