Homeland Security/Emergency Management Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate can be taken independently of other degree programs or, as part of a degree program and does not require full enrollment in the university. All students in the certificate program receive full Prairie View A&M University course credit that can later be applied toward a degree.

This program is designed to introduce students to the homeland security enterprise and emergency management. Students will learn about the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, its goals and the knowledge and skills necessary for effective emergency management. Students will have the opportunity to select electives to complete the program that will allow them to explore homeland security and emergency management within their major or other focus area. Students must take at least one upper level course to complete the certificate. A project that brings the relevant knowledge together is required to complete the program. This certificate program addresses the workforce need for diversity in homeland security and emergency management by exposing students to these two career areas. It is also designed to serve the land grant mission of the university by responding to community needs with particular attention to rural communities.


  • To have awareness of the varied aspects of work in homeland security
  • To have awareness of the nature of work in emergency management
  • To understand the applicability of homeland security and emergency management to the student’s major or focus area
  • To be able to contribute to efficacious homeland security and emergency management operations

The certificate includes six credits of required courses, six hours of electives courses from the options indicated and, a social responsibility (civic engagement) project. The project may be completed in conjunction with any of the courses for the certificate as pre-approved by the certificate administrator in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology. Pre-approval of the electives will require a review of the syllabus to be used for relevant content. Typically, the required project will begin during enrollment in CRJS 2483 but may not be completed until the final course is taken for the certificate. The project must have real world applicability. As such, it will be completed with consultation involving relevant persons in the targeted community, government, business or private entity. This effort might be coordinated with assistance from the university’s Office of Student Affairs (therein, the service learning/volunteer coordination office), and, or Texas A&M University – College Station. A typical project would be the creation of a disaster response plan, a disaster mitigation plan, a homeland security research paper or participation in a day long simulation exercise with a paper requirement.