Are you looking for a career in a dynamic field that also allows you to help protect your nation, family and friends? If so, Anne Arundel Community College’s Homeland Security program might be a perfect fit. Your training will involve real-life scenarios taught by subject-matter experts who are active in the field, preparing you for a career in law enforcement or homeland security. Multiple defense contractors call Anne Arundel County home, leading to numerous internship and job opportunities for our students. Your studies can help you jump start your career right now, or help you transfer to a four-year college or university.
AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.
Study cybercrime, unconventional warfare, national security law and so much more. By the time you complete your degree, you’ll understand the principles of jurisdiction, the role the media plays during a terrorist threat and how to interpret evidence to reconstruct crime scenes. You’ll be well prepared for entry-level employment or promotion with numerous local, state and federal agencies.
You’ll sharpen your analytical skills while learning about the intelligence field and how it intersects with national security, policy and the military. You will examine a span of local, national and international issues and operations from terrorism to disaster planning and response. You’ll be ready for entry-level employment or promotion with numerous local, state and federal agencies.
You’ll learn about the intersections of global economy, U.S. history, and transportation and border security. You’ll gain an understanding of the principles of security management and emergency management and response. At the completion of your degree, you’ll be well prepared for entry-level employment or promotion with numerous local, state and federal agencies.
The following certificate prepare students for employment and feeds into the A.A.S. degree, if desired:
You’ll acquire a crucial understanding of the complex nature of the intelligence community and its role in supporting U.S. national security. This certificate is designed for students who wish to explore a future career in the intelligence community; current intelligence employees who wish to advance their career; and companies and firms who wish to advance their employees’ skills in the field of analytics.
If you're interested in earning a four-year degree and want to study this subject, Transfer Studies may be your solution. This distinctive degree is designed to let you choose an area of concentration (or major), while completing your state of Maryland general education requirements.
The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. If you hope to transfer to a specific program or school, one of our advisors can help structure your AACC studies specifically for that purpose. The result? You get a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career.
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The job opportunities in this rapidly growing field are endless. You can work with technology or with people, wherever your interest lies. You can build your career locally or travel the world. Our alumni pursue a variety of paths: Some work for national or state government agencies such as the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. Others work for state and local police departments, and some alumni work for private government contractors such as Lockheed Martin and SAIC. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.
If our Homeland Security program sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if this area of study is a better fit.