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Homeland Security

Career Studies Certificate

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Protecting the nation is a growing career field

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of security management personnel will continue to grow in the face of the ongoing threat of terrorism.

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Knowledge and expertise in emergency response protocols are valued skills in today’s workplace. Start or advance your career in law enforcement and public safety with TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Homeland Security.

Graduates will have a basic foundation of the criminal justice field. Courses include:

  • Police Response to Criminal Incidents
  • Transportation and Border Security
  • Terrorism and Counter Terrorism

Your studies will touch such topics as historical and current practices of terrorism; classifications of terrorist organizations; Homeland Security initiatives covering government, private sector and higher education; civil rights; the USA Patriot Act; and future challenges to U.S. security.

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, which offers a specialization in Homeland Security.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Homeland Security consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on all campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
18 credits x $185.35 per credit = $3,336.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

This certificate may lead to entry-level employment in law enforcement or homeland security.

You can also apply all of your credits to TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are interested in law enforcement and the criminal justice system
  • have a passion for serving your community
  • have a clean driving record and can pass a background check
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Just 18 credits! Finish this program in as little as 2 semesters

Take classes on any of TCC’s 4 campuses

Learn from professionals who are working in law enforcement and public safety


Ephraim Palmero was on a nursing path but quickly realized he preferred the law and international affairs after enjoying classes taught by Butch Holtz.


Butch Holtz, Criminal Justice Professor

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