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About This Program

The Homeland Security specialization of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students for a career in law enforcement and emergency management. Students gain crucial knowledge in areas of homeland security that include emergency management, homeland security and incident command.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice specializing in Homeland Security can lead to the following career paths:

  • Parole/Probation Officer (Adult or Juvenile)
  • Police Officer (State, County or Local)
  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Counselor
  • Case Manager (jail/prison)
  • Private Detective
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Security Guard
  • State Trooper
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent
  • Private Detective

OR as an agent with a variety of federal agencies like FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, US Marshals and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement Many of these agencies have divisions that deal with homeland security issues specific to that agency and often in collaboration with other criminal justice organizations.

Course Format

Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on ground at our Salem, West Virginia campus. Courses are delivered in a monthly format (4-weeks) and completed on ground, online, or through a blended approach that uses both delivery methods. Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full- time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule. Traditional on ground programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students.

Course Numbers/Names

The Criminal Justice degree program consists of the following core courses:

  • CJU205 Criminal Law
  • CJU210 Criminal Evidence and Constitutional Procedure
  • CJU230 Criminal Investigation and Forensics
  • CJU233 Crisis Intervention
  • CJU242 Domestic Violence
  • CJU270 Terrorism
  • CJU405 Constitutional Law
  • CJU408 Criminal Justice Research and Statistics
  • CJU440 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CJU499 Capstone

In addition to the core courses, students in the Homeland Security specialization will take:

  • CJU447 Homeland Security
  • CJU448 Emergency Management
  • CJU449 Criminal Justice Management
  • CJU450 Special Topics
  • CJU451 Incident Command and Management

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at www.salemu.edu. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. A nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem International University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.