As the country continues to need personnel trained to protect our borders and keep our nation safe from threats without and within, many schools have begun offering programs to help students prepare for jobs in homeland security. But not all programs are created equally, and that’s why Grantham University is so proud of our Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security.

Highly regarded

At Grantham, the homeland security concentration within our criminal justice degree program was recently recognized by Security Degree Hub as one of the most affordable homeland security degrees of 2019. Our program earned its spot for the thorough background and skills development it provides. And Grantham stands out on the list, both for providing depth and breadth in the program and for our valuable student-centered approach to education.

Security Degree Hub offers accurate, up-to-date and unbiased information on schools, degrees and employment opportunities for the security industry. Their list of most affordable homeland security degrees highlights ten of the most affordable (and valuable) schools offering such programs in 2019. This nationwide ranking is designed to help students find programs that keep their tuition rates low without sacrificing quality education.

Highly affordable

Grantham University strives to make higher education available to all adult learners. That includes offering one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation*, providing special tuition rates for military personnel and first responders through our Heroes Program and maintaining a generous transfer credit policy to help students take advantage of previous education and training to earn credit toward their degree.

Plus, we know that paying for college can be one of the biggest obstacles that students face when deciding whether to enroll. That’s why our financial aid office is always ready to discuss the options available to you, help you apply for grants and loans and walk you through each step of the process so you can begin your educational journey.

Highly valuable

While you may think of terrorism prevention when you think of homeland security—and that is certainly part of the industry—there are a number of career paths you can pursue with an education and a background in homeland security. The bachelor's in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security concentration at Grantham is designed to equip students with skills they can use in criminal justice, security and civil servant roles.

What you’ll learn

This degree program provides students with a foundation in the criminal justice field. From understanding criminal justice and crime theory to current practices in law enforcement in the U.S. and how the judicial system works, you’ll develop knowledge that can be used at any stage of the criminal justice process.

With a concentration in homeland security, you will also be response-ready for both man-made and natural threats. From terrorism prevention and analysis of border security and intelligence to emergency and disaster planning, you’ll know what it takes to support prevention, mitigation and recovery efforts in a variety of environments.

You can also take elective courses in subjects like computer forensic investigations, advanced criminal law, police community relations, and victimology to more closely align your education to your intended career path.

Career options you can explore

If you’re considering a career in security management, loss prevention, or asset protection, you’ll find the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in this program. It can also help prepare you for work as a police officer, corrections officer, probation officer or private investigator.

With a bachelor's in Criminal Justice with a Homeland Security concentration, you’ll be able to take on management, supervisory and director roles in security and criminal justice fields. Graduates often seek positions with security firms, insurance companies and law enforcement agencies at the local, state or federal levels.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026—that’s faster than the average for all occupations and great news for those considering a career in the field.

How to get started

Courses begin monthly, so you can get started as soon as you’re ready to enroll! Grantham’s Criminal Justice Bachelor of Arts requires 120 credit hours and typically takes 38 months to complete. But if you have previous postsecondary credits or career experience—including military experience and training—you may be able to get credit toward your degree before you even begin your first class. Talk to our admissions team to learn more. They are always ready to help students like you determine what transfer credits may be available.

Grantham University was founded by a veteran for veterans, and our programs are designed to be completed by adults who may be juggling responsibilities for family, work, military service and other commitments while they’re in school. Our programs are fully online, making it possible for you to complete your courses at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Contact us today to get more information, ask questions and begin the enrollment process!

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About The Author

Tina Freestone, associate dean of Grantham University’s College of Arts and Sciences (Criminal Justice), spent several years as a law enforcement officer with a special assignment as a narcotic detective. Tina continues to teach and update curriculum, coupling her practical experience in law enforcement with her education to advance Grantham’s criminal justice program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of California, Irvine, and holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany.