Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Rivier Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Rivier Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management (Day)

Globalization has posed exponential international-level challenges to world peace, security, and the stability of communities, transcending any defined nation or state boundary. The next generation of national, regional, and local leaders require a holistic understanding and appreciation of global developments across diplomatic, informational, military, and economic activities. Additionally, future leaders must have an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages afforded by engaging through the cyber domain, entering into international and transnational agreements, and the ethical, moral, and legal entanglements of state-sponsored actions. The Homeland Security & Emergency Management program requires a comprehensive approach to analyzing global security operations by honing the critical thinking skills of its students.  Additionally, the program incorporates courses from public health, business, and cybersecurity as well as coursework in continuity of operations for a wholistic approach to emergency management, threat identification, risk assessment, and crisis management.  Given the University’s mission to “transform hearts and minds to serve the world,” the need for formal education and workforce preparation in threat identification and risk assessment/ mitigation affords students true global perspectives, engagement, and career opportunities. Please refer to the Homeland Security & Emergency Management department for more information on the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Think logically, analytically and creatively about complex, contemporary, local and global problems. 
  • Assess and communicate effectively in a range of progressively more challenging strategic business environments. 
  • Determine personal and social responsibility in response to new settings and complex problems. 
  • Understand and apply learning to the diversity and complexity of human relationships involved in an organization.   
  • Apply the social, ethical, and global responsibilities within management positions with special attention to the Catholic social teaching. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex global security environment that drives national security policies. 

General Education Requirements (42-45 credits)

Who am I and What is the World? Students explore these questions in their first year common core courses.

Associated with General Core

Who is My Neighbor?  Students explore this question in their second and third years.(6 credits)

  • HUM200 Literature, Art, and the Human Credits: 3
    Students take one -200 level interdisciplinary course that addresses a basic human question from the perspectives of the literary, visual, and musical arts.
  • HIS203 Interactions: The West in the World I Credits: 3 or
  • HIS204 Interactions: The West in the World II Credits: 3

How Shall We Live? Students explore this question in their junior and senior years. (6 credits)

  • Religion: Faith, Religion, and Social Justice Credits: 3
    Students take one Religion course developed with this theme at its center.
  • Philosophy: Ethics, Values, and Moral Choices Credits: 3
    Students take one Philosophy course developed with this theme at its center.

What, then, Shall We Do?  Students explore this question in their junior or senior year. (3 credits)

  • Capstone: Justice and Global Responsibility Credits: 3
    Students take one of a number of offerings under Justice and Global Responsibility. This seminar serves as the culmination of the Common Core. Informed by problem-solving pedagogy, this seminar enhances the student’s connection with the Catholic vision of the University by focusing on justice and global responsibility.

Area Distribution Courses: The Core Complement
Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

  • One course from: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religious Studies Credits: 3
  • One course from: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Credits: 3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences (6 credits)

  • One course in Mathematics:  MA112 College Algebra or above Credits: 3
  • One course from: Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science Credits: 3-4

Culture through Language (6 credits)
Students must demonstrate university-level introductory competency in a language other than English.

General Electives (27 credits)

Degree Requirements (120 credits)