Legal Studies: Homeland Security
The homeland security concentration in legal studies presents a neat and clean program that prepares supervisory personnel to tackle the many challenges inherent in the protection of a nation. It allows justice professionals, health specialists and legal specialists to concentrate on the methodology of security in this narrow context. Aside from the recurring demands of professional justice duty, homeland security delivers another slant and perspective to harried and often over-tasked public servants.
The threat of terror and the posture to withstand its onslaught can only be described as a very serious business. Trained, educated and intellectually sophisticated specialists compose the front line of defense in the ongoing resistance to those forces, which undermine the American way of life.
Daily, dedicated civil servants serve the needs of so many so often that the additional variable of terrorism cannot always be the primary consideration. Students can expect to complete the program in one year and one semester if taking four 8-week classes per semester; two years and one semester if taking two 8-week classes per semester.
- Develop strategies, plans and programs to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism
- Build the organizational arrangements needed to strengthen homeland security, including local/state/federal, civil-military and interagency cooperation
- Help government leaders make immediate as well as longer-term improvements in homeland security preparedness by having students conduct policy development work on “real world,” actionable opportunities for progress
Global Online (100 percent online delivery)
3.00 GPA in a baccalaureate degree* verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution
Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable application fee
*Applicants possessing a 2.50-2.99 GPA may be considered for conditional admission if they submit two professional letters of recommendation, a current resume indicating field experience and a listing of three references. Conditional admits must achieve a grade of B (3.00) or higher in each of the first two courses taken during the first semester of study
|LAW 600 Law and Public Policy||3|
|LAW 601 Law and Ethics||3|
|LAW 602 Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution||3|
|LAW 603 Law and Legal Method||3|
|AST 700 U.S. Homeland Security||3|
|AST 740 Terrorism, Threat and Vulnerability Analysis and Protection||3|
|AST 760 Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security||3|
|AST 780 Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security||3|
|PCJ 747 Financial Investigations||3|
|PCJ 748 Criminal Justice Organization and Management||3|
|PCJ 749 Seminar in Justice Studies||3|
|PCJ 750 Sexual Assault Investigations||3|
|PCJ 751 Executive Protection||3|
|PCJ 752 Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law||3|
|PCJ 755 Polygraph and Lie Detection||3|
|LAW 605 Law and Police Process||3|
|LAW 607 Law and Criminal Conduct||3|
|LAW 700 Law and the International Community||3|
|LAW 702 Law, Science and Forensic Applications||3|
|LAW 730 Independent Study in Law and Public Policy||3|
|RES 849 Thesis||4|
Students in the legal studies program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.
School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University), Chair/Professor, Full-Time Faculty; Specializations: legal research and writing, real estate and corporate law, legal system ethics, appellate legal practice and private sector justice
Web Page: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Christina-Toras.aspx
For faculty bios, visit: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm.
Larry Bassi, M.A. (University of Washington), B.S. (University of Nebraska), Professor, Adjunct Faculty
Brian Kohlhepp, M.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Waynesburg University), Professor, Adjunct Faculty
Jeffrey S. Magers, Ed.D., M.A. (Spalding University), B.S. (Eastern Kentucky University), Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty
William F. Morgan Jr., J.D. (Quinnipiac College School of Law), B.S. (University of New Haven), Professor, Adjunct Faculty