Class Highlight — Homeland Security and Emerging Threats


Class Highlight — Homeland Security and Emerging Threats

What class?

LSCJ 3463 – Homeland Security and Emerging Threats

Why is it cool?

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States ushered in the largest reorganization of the American government since the 1947 National Security Act when the Homeland Security Act of 2002 was enacted. The act was designed to prevent, respond to and mitigate terror attacks within the United States by creating the Department of Homeland Security.

After completing the course, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s homeland security structure, evaluate the homeland security response to select case studies and engage intellectually on current and evolving homeland security threats.

Since that time, various events, including current unrest around the globe, have caused us to wonder if the United States is really safe, and are we prepared to handle any potential threats?

In Homeland Security and Emerging Threats, you’ll learn about the organizational structure of the Department of Homeland Security, its coordination with other federal agencies and the relationships between the department and its partner state and local government agencies. In the second half of the course, you’ll delve into evolving threats to the homeland that the department must anticipate, respond to and counter. Complex threats include the relationship between transitional gangs and international terror organizations, as well as new and evolving cyber threats both domestic and international.

At the end of the course, you’ll participate in a weeklong homeland security crisis simulation.

After completing the course, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s homeland security structure, evaluate the homeland security response to select case studies and engage intellectually on current and evolving homeland security threats.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.