People who work in homeland security anticipate, prepare for, prevent, and react to everything from pandemics to hurricanes to terrorism. While many homeland security jobs are with State, Federal, or local governments, there are growing opportunities in private companies and nonprofit organizations. This degree will prepare you for many careers including law enforcement, counterterrorism, immigration and customs enforcement, and security.

The Iowa Wesleyan Online Program is designed to be flexible and convenient to meet the needs of today’s students. Our online classroom allows you 24/7 access to your coursework when and where it’s convenient for you. We are non-profit, regionally accredited and nationally ranked as one of the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report

  • Eight-week terms with six start dates during the year
  • Learn from faculty with practitioner experience
  • Accept up to 90 transfer credits in transfer
  • Credit awarded for military experience


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Our graduates have rewarding careers throughout the United States and around the world. Join the ranks in careers such as:
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Secret Service
  • Federal Protective Service
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Air Marshal
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Counterterrorism Enforcement Agent
  • Surveillance Officer
  • Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Emergency Management Director

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE – Homeland Security Concentration

Admissions Requirements

Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Support Courses

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and theories of sociology. Special attention will be given to examination of individuals and groups in society; social class and conflict; social institutions such as family, education, religion, political organization; and social change. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to explain the above-mentioned social topics and to analyze the dynamics of various social situations.

MATH 171 Elementary Statistics

An introduction to probability and statistics. Students satisfactorily completing this course will demonstrate skills in assignment of probability using permutations and combinations, distributions of random variables and statistics, and large sample theory, introduction to estimation and tests of significance. Includes Excel lab.

PSYC 131 General Psychology

This course provides a broad overview of the science of psychology including its main sub-disciplines, such as abnormal psychology, motivation, personality, memory, learning, emotions, therapy and biopsychology. By completing this course, students should be able to demonstrate an increased understanding of themselves and others, show appreciation for the nature and range of the science of psychology, identify the career possibilities that are available in the field of psychology and show themselves proficient in the scientific methods employed in psychological research.

Criminal Justice Core

CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice

A survey of the major components of the criminal justice system including the police, courts, and corrections. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe the American criminal justice structure and functions, distinguish between consensus and conflict models of the criminal justice system and explain the meaning of due process and equal protection under the law.

CJ 260 Criminal Law and Individual Rights

This course covers substantive criminal law and criminal procedure. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate the origins of criminal law; identify the elements of various types of crime and defenses to criminal acts; and discuss constitutional protections related to search and seizure, due process, double- jeopardy, rights against self-incrimination, rights to an attorney, rights to a jury trial and court decisions on cruel and unusual punishments.

CJ 301 Juvenile Justice

The juvenile justice system is examined with an emphasis on its difference from the judicial system for adults. This course tracks the historical development of the system and examines the different approaches followed by the court and correctional authorities of various jurisdictions.

CJ 302 Public Administration and Policy

Public administration is a broad-ranging and amorphous combination of theory and practice; its purpose is to promote a superior understanding of government and its relationship with the society it governs, as well as to encourage public policies more responsive to social needs and to institute managerial practices attuned to effectiveness, efficiency, and human requirements of the citizenry.

CJ 307 Criminology

A scientific study of crime and criminal behavior based on classical, neoclassical, positivistic, social process, and structural theories of crime causation. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the development of sociological criminology, critically analyze theoretical explanations for crime and articulate research findings on crime.

CJ 309 Report Writing

This course explores the fundamental principles of successful professional communication. Topics included are, how to write business correspondence, job search correspondence, public relations documents and professional reports. Learning include how to define audiences and purpose, designing document layout, as well as writing, revising and proofreading text. Prerequisite ENG 109.

CJ 310 Criminal Procedure

This course provides the student with the core knowledge of constitutional criminal procedure. Topics of study include: Fourth Amendment doctrines such as the exclusionary rule, the search warrant, plain view, arrest, and Terry-stops, and warrant less searches. The focus of the exclusionary rule reflects the areas in which the Supreme Court has been most active in recent years. The conflicting approaches to the application of law evident between justices adhering to the Due Process Model and those following the Crime Control Model will be addressed. Additional topics in the course include the meaning, context, and constitutional foundation of criminal procedure; the right to counsel; rules of interrogation and confession; identification of suspects and entrapment; and the pretrial and trial process.

CJ 316 Introduction to Corrections

An overview of the history and contemporary development of the field of corrections. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate philosophies of punishment, discuss correctional law and inmate rights, and evaluate correctional programs to rehabilitate correctional clients.

CJ 320 Criminal Justice Ethics

This course examines the diverse ethical issues frequently encountered in the criminal justice system. Students study the writings of the major theorists who have studied and written in the field of ethics. The writings of Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle will be examined, for their intrinsic value and content, as well as their applicability to modern activities in criminal justice. Classic ethical theories will be studied, reviewed, and applied to such varied topics as the application of professional and personal discretion, the appropriate use of force, dimensions of professional responsibility, and proper application of authority. Prerequisites CJ 231 & CJ 307.

CJ 321 Community Policing

This course is designed to provide an analysis of both the community-oriented policing philosophy and its practical application through strategic oriented policing, neighborhood oriented policing and problem oriented policing methods. Additional aspects to be reviewed include the various roles in the systemic approach, organization and management styles of the police department, implementation methods, evaluation methods, and an examination of past and future practices under this new model in policing. Prerequisites CJ 231 & CJ 307.

CJ 347 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

This course provides students with the fundamental tools for evaluating, designing and implementing basic and applied empirical research within the area of criminal justice. This course will provide students with an introduction to research methods in criminal justice and criminology, with applications to both pure and applied research. The course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting criminal justice research as well as designing, conducting, and evaluating research projects. The association between theories and research methods used in the study of criminal justice is explored through a variety of related data sources. Topics covered include: the principles of research design; problems of inference; survey design; and basic methods of data analysis. Students will obtain hands-on experience in project design and data analysis. Prerequisites CJ231, CJ260, CJ316 & CJ307.

CJ 355 Law Enforcement

A comprehensive study of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate methods, problems, issues, and challenges of police work; explain the rule of law as it applies to probable cause for arrest, Miranda rights, search and seizure, and the questioning of criminal suspects; and discuss the civil liabilities for civil rights violations and police misconduct.

Homeland Security Concentration

CJ 317 Principles of Terrorism

The events of September 11, 2001 have dramatically changed the phenomenon of terrorism and influenced every aspect of life in the United States and abroad. The emphasis of this course centers on terrorism as a force in the modern world. Many definitions of terrorism exist, and students will identify and examine different varieties of terrorism. Additionally, a review of the historical origins of terrorism will be examined. The course will also cover the topics of patterns of terrorism, Latin American influences on terrorism, the origins of Middle Eastern terrorism, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, U.S. domestic terrorism issues, counter terrorism and U.S. responses, homeland security, employment of national and domestic intelligence resources against terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and future issues on terrorism.

CJ 370 Understanding Terrorism

This course is an introduction to terrorist cults and personalities. Studies focus on a variety of aspects related to terrorist organizations and individuals. Students will develop understanding of how various terrorist cults and personalities affect national security, how understanding terrorism personalities can aid the counterterrorism war, and what the future looks like in the war against terrorism. In this course, studies will cover a variety of aspects related to terrorist organizations and individuals. Prerequisites: CJ 231 and CJ 307.

CJ 372 Terrorism and Asymmetrical Warfare

This course provides a political examination of terrorism and asymmetrical warfare. It considers how terrorism and asymmetrical warfare fits within various theoretical models of using of violence in order to achieve political goals in both interstate and intrastate contexts. This course considers theoretical foundations and political components of resolving issues of terrorism and asymmetrical warfare. Prerequisite: CJ 317.

CJ 450 Emergency Planning

Effective emergency planning is the key to surviving natural and man-made disasters. Risk analysis and the formulation of a comprehensive plan, followed by a vigorous and continuous testing program, are essential elements to surviving an emergency. Topics covered include threat assessment, risk analysis, formulating the plan, staffing the emergency operations center (EOC), coordinating with supporting agencies and the importance of continuing liaison, managing an actual incident, and conducting an effective follow-up analysis. Various actual case studies are discussed. Prerequisite: CJ 231.

CJ 451 Elements and Issues in Counterterrorism

This course is a comprehensive review of issues and elements to be considered in the planning and organization of a counterterrorism program. It presents an examination of techniques and procedures, which can be applied to programs developed at both the national and local level. Such measures as financial investigations, technical defenses, and counterintelligence activities are studied. Prerequisite: CJ 317.

CJ 452 Terrorism and U.S. National Security

This course is an introduction to the relationship between terrorism and U.S. national security. It focuses on a variety of aspects related to U.S. policy on terrorism, the threat of terrorism to U.S. national security, and the problems inherent to U.S. counterterrorism. The student will develop a comprehensive understanding of how the U.S. views terrorism, how various policies affect outcomes of counterterrorism, strengths and weaknesses in policy and strategies, threats to U.S. national security, and suggestions for solutions to these threats. Prerequisite: CJ 317.

Wesleyan Studies

Wesleyan Studies is the general education curriculum at IW.

Rhetorical Foundations

ENG 109 College Composition (WI)
ENG 110 College Research (WI)
COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking

Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning

Math – complete Math for Life, Elementary Stats, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus
Science – complete one Natural or Physical Science course with lab


Complete two classes, one theory-based and performance-based

Understanding Self and Society

Complete two classes from a choice of Religion/Philosophy/History/English/Economics. Must be from two different categories.

Individuals and Society/Groups

Complete one class from a pool of Psychology or Sociology options.

Global Awareness

WS 300 Global Issues

Service Learning

WS 320 Leadership and Service

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  1. Complete all Wesleyan Studies, support and major courses and requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0
  2. Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with at least 30 upper level credits
  3. Complete at least 30 credit hours from Iowa Wesleyan University

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see the current Undergraduate Course Catalog for degree requirements


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