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Emergency Management/Homeland Security: Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts Degree

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The Emergency Management/Homeland Security (EM/HS) program is designed to prepare students to enter the emerging professions of disaster management and/or homeland security. Our curriculum is designed to provide the learner with a foundation of technical and professional knowledge needed by emergency and security workers to meet national, state, and local public safety needs, both in the public and private sectors. Our program emphasizes an all-hazard approach to emergency planning/homeland security, with courses in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery, incorporating Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Emergency Management Institute (EMI) curriculum. In addition, we offer homeland security course teachings in terrorism, intelligence, critical infrastructure, and the National Response Framework (NRF). Coastline’s EM/HS program advances students by developing core competencies in hazard assessment, planning, critical thinking, and effective communications. Those benefiting from completing the program are those who intend to work in the fields of law enforcement, fire service, government, private security, health care, or other public safety/service related occupations.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Classify the roles, functions and interdependency between local, state, federal and international law enforcement to effectively coordinate disaster events.
  2. Identify, describe and analyze the wide range of threats to national security, including transportation, border and cyber-security.
  3. Develop effective communication skills and appreciation for diverse communities to effectively provide leadership during critical incidents.


Associate Degree Requirements

Unit Requirement

Complete at least 60 units of acceptable college work with a minimum of 12 units completed in residence at Coastline. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher from all colleges attended and a 2.0 or higher grade point average at Coastline.

*Students must be in good academic standing (not on probation and/or disqualification) during the semester graduation is petitioned.

Program of Study

Complete the required courses in one of the programs as detailed In the Academic/Career/Certificate Programs section of this catalog. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

General Education

Complete one of the three General Education options below (visit the General Education page for details):

Option 1 — Coastline General Education: designed for students pursuing an Associate degree and who may or may not be planning to transfer to a four-year university. The degree is transferable to many colleges and universities.

Option 2—CSU GE Breadth: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU system. It may also be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Option 3—IGETC: designed for students who are planning to transfer to a university in the CSU or UC system. It also may be appropriate for transfer to some independent colleges and universities.

Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement

Complete at least 2.5 units from any Global and Multicultural Studies courses. See what courses fulfill the Global and Multicultural Studies Requirement.

Concentration in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice courses at Coastline are only offered online through our Military/Contact Education Program and designed to meet the needs of our global military community. Students not eligible for enrollment in our Military/Contract Education Programs may apply equivalent transferrable Criminal Justice coursework to satisfy requirements.

Course Title Units
Required Core
Students will complete all of the following:
EMGT C101Introduction to Emergency Management3
EMGT C102Introduction to Homeland Security3
CJ C140Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Program Electives
Select courses from each of the following areas:
Emergency Management/Homeland Security Area
Select two of the following:6
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Response
Disaster Recovery
Hazard Mitigation
Work Based Learning
Criminal Justice Area
Select two of the following:6
Criminal Investigation
Criminal Procedure
Introduction to Policing
Criminal Law
Written Communication for Criminal Justice
Multicultural Studies in Criminal Justice
Management/Leadership Area
Select one of the following:3
Management and Employee Communication
Human Relations in Business
Introduction to Leadership
Subtotal for Areas24
Requirement Units
Total Units for Major Preparation 24
Degree Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60