Homeland Security Graduate Certificate

Why Choose a Certificate in Homeland Security?

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The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security is developed in partnership with the Institute of Homeland Security; the Center for the Study of Criminal Justice and the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

The graduate certificate is designed for students to gain a broad understanding of homeland security issues from a criminological framework. By completing the certificate, students will understand the complexities of today’s security environment and be prepared to use their knowledge in a number of security related fields. Following a broad overview, content includes the legalities of terrorism, the collection of and use of intelligence, weapons used by terrorists, organizations involved in terrorism/homeland security at every level of government, and counter-intelligence & counter-terrorism. The graduate certificate student gains an intensive knowledge of homeland security principles and applications for different fields including: law, criminal enforcement, terrorism and counter-terrorism analysis and infrastructure protection.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security

Requirements for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor - 18 Credits

Consisting of 18 credits, this minor is designed to incorporate perspectives from a wide range of disciplines such as literature, history, women's studies, geography, politics and sociology. Students will take LACS 0101LACS 0101 - Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies and at least one course from each of the three categories listed below. LACS 0301 - Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies can be fulfilled by arrangement when not schedules.  The category in which LACS 301is counted will depend on its topic in a given semester. A maximum of six credits in LACS 0399 - Independent Study in Latin America and Caribbean Studies can be taken to fulfill the Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor requirements.  Additional courses may also be used to fulfill the requirement in a category with approval of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies advisor.

Proficiency in Spanish, French or Portuguese should be an important goal for those intending to work or to pursue advanced study in an area related to Latin America. For the purpose of this minor students are required, prior to the beginning of the senior year, to attain intermediate-level competency in Spanish, French or Portuguese as judged by successful completion of the fourth semester language study or equivalent experience.

For advising please see Professor Brain Conz (bconz@westfield.ma.edu) in the department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability or Professor Gabrial Aquino (gaquino@westfield.ma.edu) in the department of Sociology. More information about the minor can be found at www.westfield.ma.edu/sociology/LAS/.

    Core Course Requirements - 3 credits


    • LACS 0101 - Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies

    Literature, Languages and the Fine Arts - 3-6 Credits

    Choose at least one from the following:

    • ART 0235 - Latin American Art
    • EGST 0301 - Seminar in Postcolonial Studies
    • LFRE 0205 - Speaking and Writing: Intermediate Level
    • LFRE 0305 - Speaking and Writing French: Advanced Level
    • LLIT 0201 - Women Writers of the Americas: Global *
    • LLIT 0310 - Seminar in Hispanic Studies *
    • LSPA 0215 - Speaking and Writing Spanish
    • LSPA 0340 - Special Topics in Spanish *

    History and Culture - 3-6 Credits

    Choose at least one from the following:

    • HIST 0276 - Latin America to 1800
    • HIST 0277 - Latin America Since 1800
    • HIST 0278 - Women in Latin America
    • HIST 0279 - Latin American Revolutions
    • HIST 0372 - Special Topics in Latin American History
    • HIST 0373 - Modern Latin America
    • HIST 0375 - U.S. - Latin America Relations Since 1898
    • LCUL 0201 - Women in the Hispanic World
    • LCUL 0220 - Envisioning the Americas
    • LSPA 0325 - Popular Culture in the Spanish Speaking World

    Social Sciences - 3-6 Credits

    Choose at least one from the following:

    • GPS 0250 - Political Ecology
    • GPS 0252 - Cities of the Global South
    • GPS 0311 - Regional Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
    • MGMT 0338 - International Business
    • POLS 0323 - Selected Topics in Political Science *
    • SOCI 0331-0334 - Special Topics in Sociology *
    • SOCI 0345 - Sociology of Globalization

    Seminar Course - 3 credits


    • LACS 0301 - Seminar in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


    * Course sections and additional courses not listed require approval of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Minor advisor.