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Criminal Justice: Homeland Security Overview

Develop a foundation in criminal justice and homeland security to find employment in federal, state and local agencies as well as in the private security field

Criminal Justice is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career. The 4-year Criminal Justice major will prepare you for the profession, help you advance if you’re already in it, and/or also prepare you for graduate school. 

The greatest strength of the criminal justice program at Mercy College is the academic and professional diversity of the faculty, which includes attorneys, law enforcement officers, homeland security specialists and other professionals who have hands-on experience in the criminal justice system in the metropolitan area.

Criminal Justice: Homeland Security Fast Facts

  • Diversity of faculty in criminal justice positions
  • Continue on to law school or find employment in public service agencies
Using investigative techniques - evidence collection.

Career Opportunities

Among the areas covered by the Homeland Security concentration are: assessment of risk management, investigative techniques and report writing, terrorism (domestic and international), introduction to the National Incident Based Management System (NIMS).

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Learn the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and basic structures involved with law enforcement, the criminal course system, and corrections, and the causes of crime and delinquency

  • Understand and be able to use basic research methods in criminal justice and criminology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to problem solving 

  • Recognize, understand and respect the complexity of contrasting interests in the criminal justice system

  • Describe the services available and needed to provide for the well-being of the elderly

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Criminal Justice: 39 Credits

Open Electives: 21 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.


Major concentration

Students who choose the major concentration in Criminal Justice with a specialization Homeland Security must complete:

  • CRJU 102 Intro Criminal Justice System
  • CRJU 204 Introduction to Corrections
  • CRJU 212 Criminology
  • CRJU 236 Criminal Court Process
  • CRJU 253 Policing
  • CRJU 396 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CRJU 401 Senior Seminar
  • CHSC 120 Investigative Tech & Reporting
  • CHSC 140 Intro to Homeland Security
  • CHSC 235 Foundations Risk Management
  • CHSC 315 Terrorism
  • CHSC 350 Security Crisis Management
  • CHSC 445 Hmlnd Dfns Struc/Nat Incd Mgmt