The events of September 11, 2001 rapidly set into motion significant changes in a wide range of domestic policies to encompass what is now known as homeland security. The homeland security apparatus has been further tested with additional major crises including Hurricane Katrina and the COVD-19 pandemic. While the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) represented one of the largest reorganizations of federal bureaucracy in United States history, the homeland security mission encompasses many more entities at the state and local levels, from hospitals to private sector holders of critical infrastructure.
Utilizing real-world cases complemented by applied academic research, we will examine several specific topics of homeland security, including intelligence sharing, international border security, federalism, and emergency response.
Students will select topics for their final projects based on their own interests and experience including, but not limited to emergency management, terrorism, critical infrastructure, policing, inter-agency collaboration, cybersecurity, or public health.