Colorado State University - Pueblo offers new certificate in Homeland Security Studies
PUEBLO – Classes offered by the new Center for the Study of Homeland Security (CSHS) at Colorado State University-Pueblo will begin in January to fill a vital need in Southern Colorado for career preparation as well as continuing education for the many professionals already involved in the business of homeland security. A unique twist to the program will be the availability of the courses in both Pueblo and Colorado Springs through videoconferencing, making it the first known course to delivered in that format.
According to Dr. David Malet, director of CSHS, the center was created in response to demand from local emergency and law enforcement personnel seeking additional professional development and from University students seeing training in key policy issues and related careers. The program also will serve the needs of the region’s growing military community with the capacity to offer more courses at area military installations than any other university in the region. Also, the first classes to be videoconferenced between the main campus in Pueblo and our Citadel facility to allow both our traditional students and military and emergency personnel to take them simultaneously. The timing of these courses is planned so that they can be taken by working professionals during lunch breaks.
Two sections of the Intro to Homeland Security course will be offered, one at Ft. Carson on Tuesday evenings Jan-Feb, and a second section that will be taught at the Citadel from 12:30-2 p.m. and videoconferenced to the main campus. The Terrorism class will be held MWF 1-2 p.m. as scheduled, but now it also will be videoconferenced to the Citadel. Col. Connie Davis (USAF Ret.) will teach both sections of the Intro course, with Dr. Malet teaching Terrorism.
CSHS aims to create vital education programs that provide opportunities for the regional community in the Homeland Security field. CSU-Pueblo is a member of the partnership consortium of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security sponsored throughout the Department of Homeland Security.
Four three-credit courses will be required to complete the Homeland Security Studies certificate:
1. Introduction to Homeland Security (offered Spring 2010 at Fort Carson and Citadel (videoconferenced to Pueblo campus)
An overview of homeland security and key threats and responses. Major topics include the structure of the Department of Homeland Security and its relation to member, state, and local agencies; strategic and military approaches to countering threats; legal elements; and the role of government-private sector partnerships.
2. Terrorism (offered Spring 2010 at CSU-Pueblo and videoconferenced to Citadel)
An examination of extremist groups and private violence in the context of domestic monitoring, prevention, and response. Areas of emphasis will include recruitment and law enforcement vs. military approaches to country terrorism.
3. Critical Incident Management. The policies and practices of local first responders, inter-agency relationships, specific threats, including infrastructure failure, natural disasters, political violence, and unconventional weapons.
4. Homeland Security Studies elective course. Students may choose from any number of CSU-Pueblo’s offerings, including international relations; IT security management, psychopathology, history of United States foreign policy; constitutional aspects of homeland security; forensic chemistry; computer forensics, and border security and the law.
For more information, contact the CSU-Pueblo political science program at 719-549-2156.