Homeland Security

Bachelor of Business Administration
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The Homeland Security specialization is designed to enhance your knowledge of emergency preparedness, maritime security, air and ground transportation security, intelligence management, protection, cyber terrorism, biological terrorism, public health management and the Incident Command System. You will study issues critical in the development of public service programs in the homeland security and emergency management fields. You will also be required to complete a final written research project demonstrating your ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, and critique, justify and recommend a solution for preventative action.

General Degree Requirements


The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires 120 semester credit hours*.

 *A minimum of 60 semester transfer credits or a conferred Associate’s degree are required.


  • Grade Point Average of "C", 2.0, or higher.

  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.

  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: high school transcript or GED.

  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full.


The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of "C" or better.


Credit Hour Requirements


  • General Education - 39 credit hours

  • Required Foundational Courses - 33 credit hours

  • Specialization Electives - 18 credit hours

  • Open Electives – 27 credit hours*

  • Required Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours


Total - 120 credit hours


*Students may select any undergraduate Northcentral courses to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Business Foundational Courses - 33 credit hours

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Foundations for Undergraduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue an undergraduate degree. Academic skills, such as academic integrity, time management, and effective use of the Northcentral Library are introduced. Students will develop the ability to locate, evaluate, use information in the context of academic and professional activities, and use APA form and style in professional communication. This course highlights personal goals, strengths, and overcoming challenges, and provides a roadmap for students to navigate their way towards completion of their educational aspirations.


Ethics in Business

Ethics and social responsibility are terms frequently applied to business practices that deal with all enterprise stakeholders' moral behavior. This course explores the responsibilities of a business, and the individuals within the business and their ethical responsibilities. The course reviews ethical business issues as applied to global, governmental, environmental, and personal rights. Ethics in Business investigates how business ethics affect the employee, firm, consumer, and society.


Managerial Accounting

This course explores the nature of managerial accounting as it relates to decision-making. Concepts and systems are analyzed, including cost-volume-profit analysis, analysis of reporting and financial statements, performance evaluation, differential analysis and product pricing, capital investment analysis, budgeting, and Just-in-Time manufacturing.


Basic Business Law

This course will familiarize students with basic legal principles that affect the everyday procedures in business. The student will understand legal principles in everyday life by utilizing the practical knowledge learned. The student will be introduced to the laws of contracts as the foundation for the legal regulation of business.


Computer Information Systems

This course provides an overview of the scope and capabilities of computer information systems in today's digital environment. Upon completion of this course students will have gained a thorough understanding of the various hardware, software, and data communication components, including terminology, applied function, and performance aspects of information technology. This course also explores current trends and future directions and advancements involving information technology.



To understand business functions, it is important to understand the micro-economic organization (the business) operating within a larger macro-economic system (the economy). This course examines economic theory as it relates to pricing and supply and demand. Also, the course covers money and banking as well as production, income, and employment.


Essentials of Marketing

Students in this course will explore the marketing function and marketing decision areas. Concepts covered include the 4Ps, relationship marketing, communication, value-delivery networks, global marketing, marketing ethics, and social responsibility. Students will build a foundation in the skills required by a business to market a product or services.


Small Business Management

This course introduces small business management and the multitudes of management skills required for successful operation. Small businesses are unique because they contain most of the elements found in large corporations, yet they have additional characteristics and peculiarities, advantages and disadvantages. Over 80% of all businesses are classified as small businesses. Small business management requires a person who is a generalist and a specialist, an innovator and a stabilizer. The small business manager can be expected to have knowledge of all aspects – internal and external – of the business.


Money, Banking, and Business Finance

The course begins with an examination of the financial system. Central to the financial system is the banking system, which accepts deposits from savers and in turn creates loans for borrowers. The borrowers fuel our economy as the financial capital supports real investment in support of business activity. Students in this course will examine the valuation of two important types of financial securities - bonds and stocks. These securities are long-term in nature with the issuing party selling the securities to raise financial capital. Students will study the different types of financial statement data and the related analysis that guides business managers.


The Dimensions of Global Business

This course involves the study of international commerce, trade and worldwide cultural and economic influences. Students will delve into the many facets of the international business environment. The concepts pursued in the course will be the foundation for understanding business in the global marketplace. Course concepts will cover global strategy, comparative country selection, operations, finance, trade, marketing, supply chain management and new global challenges.


Introduction to Business Statistical Analysis

This undergraduate level course addresses statistical techniques that may be useful for analyzing quantitative data in business practice. Students will also become familiar with setting up and using technology tools to conduct statistical analysis. Topics include Descriptive Statistics, one and two sample Hypothesis Testing, Probability, Correlation and Regression, and Nonparametric Techniques.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

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Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks and significant natural disasters, such as major hurricanes and wild fires, the United States adopted a new unified approach, at every level of government, which was labeled Homeland Security. This approach was designed to reduce the country's vulnerabilities, and prevent terrorist attacks. In addition, it was adopted to quickly respond to natural disasters or attacks by minimizing the damage and speeding up the recovery through dedicated processes, procedures and identified assets. HS4000 will introduce the Learner to the growing field of academic study - Homeland Security - including the background, structure, documents and challenges involved. This is the foundational course for the undergraduate Homeland Security concentration and will help prepare the Learner for success in all other core and elective courses.


Terrorism and Homeland Security

This undergraduate-level course examines terrorism from French Revolution through the present day. It introduces the Learner to an extremely complex, dynamic, and emotionally charged field of study. It explores major theories, history and development, motivations, strategies, and tradecraft of domestic and international terrorism and Homeland Security challenges for today and tomorrow. This course introduces the Learner to foundational concepts in the Homeland Security field.


Maritime Security

The challenge of securing the world's Maritime Transportation System (MTS) from the threat of maritime terrorism is a challenge that is significantly more complex than the issues of increased security in the aviation industry. DiRenzo and Doane re-enforced this complexity when they examined the United States MTS noting that, "The U.S. maritime domain encompasses all U.S. ports, inland waterways, harbors, navigable waters, Great Lakes, territorial seas, contiguous waters, customs waters, coastal seas, littoral (shoreline) areas, the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (covering nearly 3.4 million square miles), and oceanic regions of U.S. national interest, as well as the sea-lanes to the United States. Within this domain there are over 360 ports, 238 locks at 192 locations, over 3,700 marine terminals, and recreational marinas beyond count. Through 1,400 designated intermodal connections, the MTS connects with over 174,000 miles of rail connecting all 48 contiguous states, as well as Canada and Mexico, over 45,000 miles of interstate highway (supported by over 115,000 miles of other roadways), and over 460,000 miles of pipeline." Maritime terrorism can take many forms, from suicide boat bombers, to the use of a maritime shipping container as a weapons delivery system for a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD). As vital as part of the world economy is, there has still not been enough attention paid to nor study done of the world-wide MTS. HS4002 will provide the student a broad exposure to critical issues involved in maritime terrorism around the world, from tactics and goals to international cooperative efforts to thwart this threat. The course will also explore the consequences of a successful attack.


Ground Transportation Security

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, securing the nation's transportation network has been a major concern for government agencies and industry. Truck and rail networks are susceptible to damage from terrorists as well as natural events. Transporting hazardous materials poses a special threat to the population when some form of interruption to the transportation network occurs. This course will require students to analyze threats to ground transportation systems and develop courses of action in order to safeguard the cargo being transported as well as the civilian population residing in the vicinity of the transportation network.


Air Transportation Security

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, providing security for the air transportation network has dominated much of the Homeland Security programs of private and public organizations. The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration came into existence in order to enhance the security of air transportation. students in this course will analyze the background of the security failures that resulted in the terrorists' success, the measures implemented to reduce the likelihood of another such attack, and the measures designed to mitigate the impact of such an attack should it occur.


Incident Management

This course examines the U.S. domestic incident management policies, procedures and preparedness. U.S. national response plans for domestic incidents and the supporting National Incident Management System and National Response Framework (NRF) will be discussed and analyzed. The course provides the knowledge necessary to effectively plan for and participate in domestic incident responses for both natural and manmade disasters.


Homeland Security Strategy

Several specific threats and hazards (natural, technological, and terrorism) are a risk to the U.S. homeland. Students will review the concepts of strategy, grand strategy, and national power, and examines selected national homeland security policies and strategies. The course assists the student in the development of the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to effectively participate in the formulation and implementation of national homeland security policy.


Intelligence Support to Homeland Security

Congressional scrutiny in the wake of 9/11 underscored a lack of intelligence and law enforcement collaboration. This course explores the linkages between intelligence and Homeland Security. It also analyzes intelligence history, an examination of existing government intelligence and law enforcement agencies, the products created by these agencies, and how intelligence plays a role in Homeland Security operations involving warning, risk assessments, and vulnerabilities. Finally, the course estimates the future challenges involved in intelligence support to Homeland Security.


Protecting Critical Infrastructure

In this course, students will develop an understanding of what constitutes critical infrastructure and various methods for protecting this infrastructure. The information addressed in this course is necessary to participate effectively in homeland security planning and operations. Protecting critical infrastructure is necessary to maintain the safety of the public.


Risk Management: Analysis and Planning

The study of risk management has evolved since the attacks of 9-11. Risk management is a systematic, analytical process designed to analyze, reduce, and mitigate the consequences on an attack. This course will introduce the Learner to key components of risk management, to include planning and strategies to protect critical infrastructures. Risk models such as HOPS and CARVER will be analyzed. The course will examine risk management from two different perspectives, specifically to the maritime transportation system and sporting venues.


Homeland Security Considerations for Local Government

This course includes descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments for homeland security. Coordination between the various layers of government as well as consideration of the role of the private sector will be among the issues examined and discussed. This course provides the knowledge necessary to effectively participate in homeland security planning and implementation.

Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

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Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies Capstone

Students will identify, recognize, and develop executive level knowledge in eleven concept areas necessary to solve a wide variety of business related situations. This course focuses on demonstrating core proficiencies in the following business areas: Management, Business Ethics, Information Systems, Marketing, Global Dimensions of Business, Accounting Corporate Finance, Economics, Business Law, Business Math and Statistics, and Business Policy. The intent of this course is not to introduce these business concepts, but verify bachelor's of business administration threshold competency in these eleven areas of business. SKS4000 includes a capstone case study that will empower the student to demonstrate their competency in the eleven core proficiency areas. SKS4000 uses a variety of teaching media such as DVDs; courseware packages designed for Computer Assisted Instruction, and focused Internet research assignments. The Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) require all BBA students successfully complete the Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies course.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Completion tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your BBA program rate is books. Learn more about the NCU’s BBA costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $432
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,296
  • Program cost: $26,270
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of program is determined on the program and track student enters, transfer credits if any and other unique student factors.  For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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