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Homeland Security and Applied Intelligence: The Brains of Global Protection

Interested in collecting and assessing intelligence to anticipate and prevent terrorist attacks or threats from organized crime? Earn your Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security and Applied Intelligence. Learn to understand, track, and investigate criminal networks through the eye of an intelligence operator. Study under professors who have built careers in the field while you deepen your critical thinking and investigative skills.

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Program Highlights

You'll work with local law enforcement and private sector companies to help inform their decisions.

Access to the computer security and forensic lab with specialized tools.

You will learn how to compile and analyze data to offer insights as well as learn how to communicate with diverse cultures.


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Hi, I’m Sam, and I recently graduated from this program. I chose this field because I love helping people. Roberts showed me what it’s really like to work in this field and work with real clients for research projects. As a result of what I learned, I’ve accepted a job in Cyber Investigations for the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.Our professors used classes to show us different computer, investigative, and intelligence skills we’d actually use in the field.

What Will I Learn

This program will teach you the practitioner skills the Intelligence Investigator/Analyst needs to understand:

  • Human Intelligence (HUMINT) - working with informants and assets on the ground
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) - intercepting communications over phones, email, or other electronic means
  • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) - surfing both the internet as well as the dark web
  • Cyber Investigations - extracting intelligence from devices to identify criminal activity
  • Intelligence Product Development - understanding maps, link charts, timelines, and executive summaries
  • The history of the Intelligence community, as well as policy and law associated with casework, terrorism, extremism, threat assessment, and all aspects of intelligence gathering and dissemination

Career Outlook


  • Narcotics Intelligence Operator
  • Homicide Intelligence Operator
  • Terrorism Intelligence Operator
  • FBI Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • Threat Assessment


  • Irondequoit Police Department
  • Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
  • Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
  • Monroe County Probation
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)

Graduate Schools

  • Mercyhurst
  • Roberts Wesleyan University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Georgetown University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Indiana State University
  • Notre Dame College
  • The Citadel College of South Carolina

Frequently Asked Questions

Homeland security, according to the Department of Homeland Security, has the “vital mission of securing the nation from the many threats we face.” This involves securing the nation’s air, land, and sea borders from international organized crime.

Applied intelligence is collecting and assessing data in an efficient way to form conclusions that are helpful and actionable.

Earning your bachelor’s degree in HSAI means that you’ll be collecting and analyzing intelligence as it relates to global organized crime, such as terrorism, money laundering, and human trafficking.

A homeland security and applied intelligence degree from Roberts will integrate career preparation, technology, practitioner, and critical thinking skills.

With a homeland security and applied intelligence degree, you can pursue a career in law enforcement, the private sector, contracting, the military, and more.

Some alumni of Roberts’ program have gone on to intelligence careers with the FBI, Secret Service, and private companies such as Wegmans.

Yes! If you come to campus for an individual visit, you can meet individually with a professor to get an overview of the major and your individual questions answered. Our Discovery Day events typically include a Faculty & Services Expo, where you can meet your future professors.

We are committed to helping students meet the financial obligation to earn a degree and advance a career. Our Office of Student Financial Services works to assist all students in their effort to maximize financial aid. We award financial assistance to 100% of our undergraduate students.

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Department of Criminal Justice - 585.594.6310 - herbert_samantha@roberts.edu