Several weekend trips will be undertaken to expose students to the challenges and opportunities with the US-Mexico border region. Mexicali is the closest city to which we can travel (CSU interpretation of the State Department Travel Advisories), so instruction is done with colleagues and experts in Mexicali, in Federal Law Enforcement, and in collaboration with faculty at the SDSU Imperial Valley Campus. Weekend trips to Mexicali enable students to experience Baja and at very affordable prices and in context of a weekly working environment. Schedules of multiple trips will be provided as they are finalized.
Study Abroad (3 units). All homeland security graduate students are required to complete a homeland security-related study abroad experience. To meet this requirement, students must complete one of the following with the preapproved and written consent of the program adviser:
- HSEC 650 Homeland Security Study Abroad (3 or 6);
- HSEC 652 Border Security: The Case of Mexico (3);
- CSU Study Abroad Program
- SDSU Exchange/Travel Study Program
- A homeland security practicum, special topics, special study, or research conducted abroad.
The HSEC Program emphasizes international and comparative approaches to the concept of homeland security. To that end, short- or long-term study abroad is required for all students in the Homeland Security Graduate Program at this time. We have a variety of options for study abroad that keep in mind the time and financial constraints of both full-time and part-time and working and non-working students. Our Program and SDSU have a significant network of international partners to make study abroad in one’s area of interest a practical reality. Of particular note are our unique programs in Baja California, other parts of Mexico, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the UK. Individual students are welcome to construct their own study abroad and have gone to countries such as Mongolia, Thailand, China, India, Ukraine, Turkey, and many more. Working with the Graduate Advisor, it is possible to construct a host of such study options.
Another option this spring will be an effort focused on assisting the city of Tecate, Baja, in efforts to design and build a Fire and Public Safety Academy as well as working on International Trade Optimization focused on Tecate and their limited Port-of-Entry. This class will be on weekends (likely all days will be Saturdays) and effort will be done in cooperation with the City and State officials responsible for Homeland Security and Public Safety as well as the City authorities.
We are working to develop major Study Abroad efforts in Vietnam and Indonesia as ways of bringing tools to assist the governments in better preparing for disasters, such as the major typhoon that hit the Philippines in 2013 did so much damage. By using the Homeland Security graduate students as mentors and problem solvers, we hope to be able to join the US and other countries together to be better prepared for both disasters and long-term changes such as the impacts of what is labeled "Climate Change" or resilience or sustainability---words expressing complex goals in the future that we hope to contribute mapping, sensor networks, and data fusion as ways to understand what is occurring and help make appropriate decisions.