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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

What is Homeland Security and Emergency Management?

The fields of homeland security and emergency management employ an extensive variety of security and safety professionals, as well as those trained in coordinating, managing and delivering resources in the wake of hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks and other tragedies.

Why Study Homeland Security and Emergency Management?

The safety and security of the United States and its citizens have received increased attention in recent years due to increased terroristic threats and attacks. Homeland security and emergency management occupations can be found in many governmental services and agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Coast Guard, the Transportation and Safety Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Positions range from police officers and firefighters to airport security officials, telecommunications specialists and editorial assistants. In Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Port of Savannah, private corporations, along with natural disasters, are just a sampling of the entities and events in which homeland security and emergency management needs arise.


The Homeland Security and Emergency Management pathway leads to an Associate of Arts degree.

Careers in Homeland Security and Emergency Management   Homeland Security and Emergency Management are wide-reaching fields that employ not only police officers, but also historians, anthropologists, computer technicians and support personnel. Employment opportunities extend far beyond the government, but in just the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, occupations include:

  • Asylum officer
  • Immigration officer
  • Border Patrol agent
  • Import specialist
  • Federal coordinating officer
  • Program specialist (fire; national security; response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation)
  • Law enforcement specialist (instruction)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention and Deportation officer
  • Police officer
  • Immigration enforcement agent
  • Security specialist
  • Protective security advisor
  • Intelligence operations specialist
  • Information Technology specialist (information security)
  • Security specialist
  • Telecommunications specialist
  • Biological scientist
  • Chemist
  • Computer scientist
  • Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Criminal investigator
  • Intelligence operations specialist
  • Program and management analyst
  • Transportation security screener
  • Contract specialist
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Campuses on which the pathway is offered: Core classes offered on all campuses. Pathway course is offered online only.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Homeland Security and Emergency Management

    Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42) Recommendations Area D:
  • Recommended courses: MATH 1070Elementary Statistics (3) or CSC 1010 Computers and Applications (3)
Area E:
  • GEOG 1101Introduction to Human Geography (3) is required in Area F. A different course should be taken in Area E
Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)
  1. Required courses (15):
    • HSEM 1101Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management (3)
    • GEOG 1101Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • World Language 3-semester sequence from the 2001 level (9)
  2. Select one from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F (3):
    • ANTH 1102Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • CRJU 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 2110Policing in America (3)
    • CSC 1301Principles of Computer Science I (3)
    • CSC 1302Principles of Computer Science II (3)
    • ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • ENVS 1401Environmental Science (3) and Environmental Science Lab (1)
    • [EURO 1101] European Union (3)
    • FRSC 2100Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
    • HIST 1200Introduction to the Middle East (1800 to the Present) (3)
    • HSEM 2125Intelligence Analysis and Security Management (3)
    • HSEM 2136Transportation and Border Security (3)
    • MATH 1070Elementary Statistics (3)
    • PHIL 2010Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2030Introduction to Ethics (3)
    • POLS 2101Introduction to Political Science(3)
    • PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology(3)
    • PSYC 2621Introduction to Abnormal Psychology(3)
    • RELS 2001Introduction to World Religions (3)
    • SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160Introduction to Social Problems (3)
Special Note: All students pursuing an Associate of Arts, Pathway – Homeland Security must comply with each state’s criminal background check requirements to work in the field. Students unwilling or unable to take and pass a criminal background check should not pursue this degree at Perimeter College.

Department Chair
 Dr. John Redmond
 Telephone: 770-274-5402

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