There are a limited number of Texas schools that offer homeland security courses. The schools on this list offer a range of programs; some are designed for law enforcement professionals who want to specialize in the field, while others are intended for those who are transitioning into government and security positions. In general, the programs teach students about border security, weapons of mass destruction, and emergency management. Students may choose from certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs.
Angelo State University
This school in San Angelo allows students to earn a Bachelor of Security Studies in Border and Homeland Security. The program teaches students about border security, emergency management and criminal justice. Students can choose from a mix of courses that cover intelligence, global security challenges, criminal law and crime in America. The program also covers research methods in the field. Students can participate in an internship that exposes them to problems and challenges they might face in the field.
Central Texas College
Located in Killeen, this college offers associate degree and certificate programs involving homeland security. The Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management can be earned in about two years. Courses cover national security, legal issues, terrorism, disaster recovery, decision making and leadership. The Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security and Emergency Management can be completed in a year. The program includes many of the same courses as the associate degree program, and students learn about contingency planning, counter terrorism and incident command posts. By the end of both programs, students can take part in an internship or work on a final project involving homeland security and emergency management.
Lamar Institute of Technology
This Beaumont school offers a Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security and an Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security. The certificate program can be completed in less than a year. Courses cover criminal law, criminal investigation, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The associate degree program is more expanded and offers lessons in critical infrastructure protection, criminology, criminalistics and terrorism. All associate degree students take a final capstone course in managing a unified incident command.
San Antonio College
Students who enroll at this institution in San Antonio can choose from two certificate programs and an associate degree program that all cover homeland security. The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science/Fire Fighting with an emphasis in homeland security includes coursework on fire chemistry, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and fire protection systems. Students must pass competency exams before receiving the associate degree. The two certificates in emergency management/homeland and transportation security cover homeland security intelligence, critical infrastructure protection and intelligence operations. The security I certificate program can be completed in one semester, while the security II certificate program takes three semesters to finish.
Texas A&M University
This College Station-based university allows students to earn a Certificate in Homeland Security. Within the certificate program, students choose from four concentrations that include border security, national security policy and management, emergency management and crisis preparedness, and critical infrastructure protection. The program is designed for students who are interested in careers in public safety and would like to specialize in homeland security. Courses cover cyber security, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, border security and domestic intelligence. Many of the courses focus on policy, laws and procedures as they relate to homeland security. This program is available completely online.
The University of Texas at El Paso
Students who enroll at this school in El Paso can earn a homeland security graduate certificate. The graduate certificate program is meant for students who already work with the Department of Homeland Security or are looking to advance their careers in the field. Courses focus on risk analysis, terrorism, border security and emergency management. All students take a final capstone course before earning the certificate.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Homeland Security Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Angelo State University||4-year; public; small city||Bachelor of Security Studies in Border and Homeland Security||$7,436 in-state; $17,396 out-of-state*|
|Central Texas College||2-year; public; midsize city|| Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security and Emergency Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
|$2,700 in-district; $3,390 in-state; $7,050 out-of-state*|
|Lamar Institute of Technology||2-year; public; midsize city|| Certificate of Completion in Homeland Security,
Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security
|$4,743 in-state; $14,703 out-of-state*|
|San Antonio College||2-year; public; large city|| Emergency Management/Homeland and Transportation Security I Certificate,
Emergency Management/Homeland and Transportation Security II Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science/Fire Fighting with an emphasis in homeland security
|$2,820 in-district; $6,300 in-state; $13,830 out-of-state*|
|Texas A&M University||4-year; public; fringe rural||Certificate in Homeland Security||$11,870 in-state; $37,495 out-of-state*|
|The University of Texas at El Paso||4-year; public; large city||Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security||$4,941 in-state tuition, $1,229 in-state fees, $13,649 out-of-state tuition, $1,229 out-of-state fees (graduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator