This 18-credit, 6-course certificate focuses on the critical area of leadership in homeland security. Leadership is essential for successfully carrying out programs or tasks. This certificate is designed to meet the personal and professional development goals of those individuals in the broad field of homeland security, such as first responders, law enforcement, emergency management, various security personnel, health and hospital worker, and the military. These credits can also be applied to the MS in Cyber and Homeland Security Administration degree program.

Choose any six courses:

  • CHSA 6619*  Collaborative leadership
  • CHSA 6620*  Organizational Leadership
  • CHSA 6621*  Human Resource Management
  • CHSA 6622*  Effective Team Building
  • CHSA 6623*  Implementing Organizational Change
  • CHSA 6624*  Effective Decision Making for Organizations
  • CHSA 6625   Organizational Communication
  • CHSA 6626*  Resolving Conflicts in Organizations
  • CHSA 6627*  Values and Ethics for Decision Making

* Also available in online modality.

Course Descriptions

  • CHSA6619 This course will investigate the concept of leadership exhibited by a group that is acting collaboratively to resolve issues that all feel must be addressed. Since the collaborative process insures that all people that are affected by the decision are part of the process, the course will explore how power is shared in the process and how leadership is developed.

  • CHSA6620 This course will investigate examples of past and present leadership models. The moral framework for leadership and decision-making in organizations will provide the basis for exploring current organizational leadership models as well as assisting the students in assessing their own leadership roles.

  • CHSA6621 This course addresses the challenges of managing human capital in organizations focusing on homeland security. Current issues in recruiting, selecting, and moving individuals through the organization will be studied. In addition, teambuilding, problem solving, decision-making, and human resource planning skills will be explored as will be the leadership skills of mentoring, advising, counseling, and disciplining individuals in the organization.

  • CHSA6622 As organizations move to empowering employees to work in a team setting with a high degree of autonomy, it is necessary to develop high performance teams. This course investigates what makes teams effective. Various methodologies will be studied that have resulted in exceptional teams and team results.

  • CHSA6623 This course will explore the issues of resistance to change and obstacles to change in relationship to organizations. Theories relative to change will be studied in terms of the restructuring process, leadership roles, and the settings in which the work is done.

  • CHSA6624 This course explores the process for effective decision making using decision analysis theory, appropriate mathematical processes, evaluating inputs for applicability, and applicable quantitative and qualitative methods. The course will utilize "what if" challenges and will consider individual and organizational preferences as well as environmental certainty and uncertainty.

  • CHSA6625 An introduction to communication in organizations includes relevant theories, leadership, diversity, teamwork, and ethics. Included in the course are definitions of organizational culture, leadership, teamwork, diversity, ethics and informal and formal communication as well as how they influence and impact organizational communication. The course will also investigate organizational communication systems and their relevant theories as well as comparing and contrasting the major theories.

  • CHSA6626 This course will investigate the sources of conflict in organizations, the sources of such conflict, and various modalities for resolving such conflicts. Conflict in organizations can be manifested in various ways, such as interpersonal conflict, intra-group conflict, inter-group conflict, and inter-organizational conflict. Resolving conflict includes compromise, collaboration, negotiation, and addressing individual sources of conflict.

  • CHSA6627 Personal and organizational eithics and values guide decision making. There are times when two or more ethical principles are in conflict. This course will explore how to maximize the basic elements that form the context for ethical decision making.