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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.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.


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


9057 Homeland Security and Emergency Management Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway – Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)


Area D:

  • Recommended courses: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) or CSC 1010 Computers and Applications (3)

Area E:

  • GEOG 1101 Introduction 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 hours)
  1. Required courses (15):
    • HSEM 1101 Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management (3)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • World Language 3-semester sequence from the 1002 level (9)
  2. Select one from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F (3):
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • CRJU 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
    • CRJU 2110 Policing in America (3)
    • CSC 1301 Principles of Computer Science I (3)
    • CSC 1302 Principles of Computer Science II (3)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    • ENVS 1401 Environmental Science (3) and Environmental Science Lab (1)
    • FRSC 2100 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
    • HIST 1200 Introduction to the Middle East (1800 to the Present) (3)
    • HSEM 2125 Intelligence Analysis and Security Management (3)
    • HSEM 2136 Transportation and Border Security (3)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
    • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics (3)
    • POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science(3)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology(3)
    • PSYC 2621 Introduction to Abnormal Psychology(3)
    • RELS 2001 Introduction to World Religions (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction 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 in order 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

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