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Information about Fall 2020 at JCC

Homeland Security (A.S.)

Make a difference with a degree in Homeland Security

Take the lead in safety and emergency preparedness. The A.S. degree in Homeland Security from Jamestown Community College prepares you for careers in government agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations focusing on safety and security. You’ll participate in hands-on experience, like classroom role-playing simulations and mock oral argument sessions, while you learn from faculty that bring years of real-world experience.

Homeland security is a dynamic and diverse career field, and one of the most popular emerging areas in the criminal justice system. Like security threats themselves, the work required to protect the nation is constantly changing. Work on the front lines or behind the scenes in police agencies, immigration services, intelligence operations, safety management agencies, and more. Be the change you want to see in your community.

The A.S. degree prepares you for transfer to continued coursework in homeland security, emergency preparedness, criminal justice, and political science. This program is especially beneficial if you are planning to work in intelligence and/or state and federal law enforcement positions. You can also apply to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy, which offers you opportunities in sheriff and police departments and agencies.

The career opportunities in Homeland Security extend across numerous disciplines, creating job possibilities for people with nearly any level of education and experience. Homeland security careers can make upward of $100,000, depending on organization and role.

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Government and Beyond

Government and Beyond

Homeland security jobs aren’t only in the government. You can also work in private companies and nonprofit organizations locally, nationally, and abroad.

Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Customs Services
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Get Involved

Get Involved

  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Internships

Related Majors

A future in homeland security

As a graduate of JCC’s Homeland Security program, you’ll be a competitive applicant for the local employers. If you choose to transfer and continue your education, you’ll have a range of career opportunities nationally including positions as special agents, data analysts, and intelligence officers. Career opportunities are not limited to government agencies, with a growing number of private companies and non-profit organizations seeking employees skilled in research and analysis as well.

The following occupations can be found within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The list is not all-inclusive; there are many other occupations in the department.

  • Citizenship and Immigration Services: asylum officer, immigration officer
  • Customs and Border Protection: border patrol agent, import specialist
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: federal coordinating officer, program specialist (fire; national security; response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation)
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center: law enforcement specialist (instruction)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement: detention and deportation officer, police officer, immigration enforcement agent, security specialist
  • Information Analysis and Infrastructure
  • Protection Directorate: protective security advisor, Intelligence operations specialist, IT specialist (information security), security specialist, telecommunications specialist
  • Office of the Inspector General: attorney, auditor
  • Science and Technology Directorate: biological scientist, chemist, computer scientist, engineer, physicist
  • Secretarial Offices: human resources specialist, policy analyst
  • Transportation and Security Administration: criminal investigator, intelligence operations specialist, program and management analyst, transportation security screener
  • U.S. Coast Guard: contract specialist, engineer
  • U.S. Secret Service: criminal investigator

Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 1510: Intro to Criminal Justice

3 Applied Learning

Elective

1

PSY 1510: General Psychology or

SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

3 Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science

3 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 Humanities College Composition

INT 1555: Inquire

2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Engage with the Learning Center early on for math and English tutoring.
  • For proper sequencing of Homeland Security curriculum, it is important to work with your faculty advisor.
  • Make sure you understand the SUNY GenEd and JCC requirements for the degree program.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 1560: Homeland Security

3

CRI 1600: Intro to Intelligence Studies

3

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving w/Mathematics

3 Math Mathematical Reasoning

Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

HIS 1510: World History before 1500 or

HIS 1520: World History since 1500 or

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3 Other World Civilizations Social Sciences Western Civilization Global Perspectives
  • For proper sequencing of Homeland Security curriculum, it is important to work with your faculty advisor.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 2580: Introduction to Terrorism

3

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

CRI 2550: Ethics in Criminal Justice

3 Values and Ethics

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

CRI 2570: Organized Crime or

CRI 2610: White Collar Crime or

CRI 2660: Advanced Terrorism Studies or

CRI 2670: Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security

3

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

SOC 2540: Deviant Behavior or

SOC 2580: Race and Ethnicity or

PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior or

PSY 2580: Forensic Psychology or

POL 1510: American Politics

3 Social Sciences

Elective

Recommended:

CMM 1510: Public Speaking

3 Arts
  • Work with advisor or Counseling and Career Center for transfer options.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 2680: The Constitution and Homeland Security

3

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

CRI 2570: Organized Crime or

CRI 2610: White Collar Crime or

CRI 2660: Advanced Terrorism Studies or

CRI 2670: Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security

3

Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

HIS 1510: World History Before 1500 or

HIS 1520: World History Since 1500 or

PSY 1510: General Psychology or

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3 American History Other World Civilizations Western Civilization Cultural Understanding Diverse Perspectives

Elective

Recommended:

ASL 1510: Introductory Sign Language I or

SPA 1510: Introductory Spanish I

3 Foreign Languages Cultural Understanding

Elective

3
  • For proper sequencing of Homeland Security curriculum, it is important to work with your faculty advisor.
  • Apply for graduation.