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Certificate of Achievement
Homeland Security: Planning and Administration

The Certificate of Achievement in Homeland Security is designed to prepare students to meet the needs of entry-level positions in the Homeland Security career fields.  The curriculum will prepare students with a foundation of the Homeland Security Enterprise and provide them with the knowledge to enter varied career fields that plan for and respond to the security of people, places, and programs.  The skills developed during class will enhance the student’s ability by completing industry-recognized third-party Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certification courses as part of each class in the core program.  The Homeland Security Degree program is designed for First Responders, government officials, emergency managers, as well as the citizen interested in personal and community safety and security.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
HMLD 101 - Introduction to Homeland SecurityM3.0
HMLD 101 - Introduction to Homeland Security (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides first responders and other interested students with the foundational knowledge pertaining to homeland security. This course will include discussions on the polices, organizational relationships, and legal issues in the American context from federal, state and local municipal government perspectives.

HMLD 105 - Hazard Mitigation in Emergency ManagementM3.0
HMLD 105 - Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is an introduction to mitigation; one of the four core phases of emergency management. This course will cover the hazard planning process to assist students in mitigating or eliminating hazards from an all hazard approach to emergency management. The student will also learn about the national framework used in the public-private sector of the homeland security enterprise; inclusive of governmental agencies and regulatory and legal sources responsible for hazard mitigation. Application of the concepts learned will be applied to risk assessments and the development of strategies at the local, state, national and international levels of government.

HMLD 104 - Emergency Planning & ResponseM3.0
HMLD 104 - Emergency Planning & Response (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is for students that desire to know about emergency planning and response. This course will cover emergency planning and response using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) as part of the National Response Framework (NRF). The student will learn how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies. The student will also learn how the NRF’s flexibility is used in the public-private sector of the homeland security enterprise; inclusive of governmental agencies and regulatory and legal sources responsible for hazard mitigation. Application of the concepts learned will be applied to risk assessments and development of strategies and plans at the local, state, national and international levels of government.

HMLD 200 - Foundations of Critical Infrastructure ProtectionM3.0
HMLD 200 - Foundations of Critical Infrastructure Protection (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides the student with an overview of the policies, strategies, and practical application of critical infrastructure security and resilience from an all-hazards perspective. Students will explore the contemporary risk environment and examine the challenges and opportunities associated with the following: public-private partnerships; information-sharing; risk analysis and prioritization; risk mitigation and management; performance measurement; incident management; and addressing future risks.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
2nd Semester
HMLD 102 - Introduction to Emergency ManagementM3.0
HMLD 102 - Introduction to Emergency Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides first responders and other interested students with the foundational knowledge pertaining to emergency management. This course will include discussions on the policies, organizational relationships, and legal issues in the American context from federal, state and local municipal government perspectives.

HMLD 103 - Terrorism & Violence in SocietyM3.0
HMLD 103 - Terrorism & Violence in Society (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This course provides the student with an overview of the domestic and global issues related to terrorism and violence in society. This course includes an analysis of terrorism and violent extremism as an aggressive alternative for peaceful change and traditional warfare in the modern age. Students will also investigate the role economic, political and social factors play in determining patterns of terrorist activity, homegrown terrorism and violent extremism in society from a domestic and international level of analysis.

HMLD 203 - Homeland Security: Leadership, Policy and PracticeM3.0
HMLD 203 - Homeland Security: Leadership, Policy and Practice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides the student with an in-depth overview of the issues related to the leadership, policies and practices of homeland security in America and abroad. This course provides for the critical examination of the challenges facing the nation and the homeland security enterprise through detailed investigation of selected case studies from a leadership perspective. Students will analyze significant issues of homeland security from social, political, economic and cultural perspectives facing the nation. This course adds to the Homeland Security program with an in-depth study of the policies and practices affecting homeland security.

HMLD 205 - Cybersecurity: Policy and PracticeM3.0
HMLD 205 - Cybersecurity: Policy and Practice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course provides the student with an overview of the domestic and global issues related to the policies and practices of cybersecurity in America. This course includes an analysis of the history of the internet, the technological advances of internet based programs and the security of the cyber domain. Students will also investigate the role economic, political and social factors play in determining how cybersecurity will play a significant role in society from a domestic and international level of analysis.

Total Semester Units:12.0 
Total Units for Homeland Security: Planning and Administration COA program 24.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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