Homeland Security

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Homeland Security Associate's Degree Curriculum Guide

Homeland Security Bachelor's Degree Curriculum Guide

Degree Options

On-Campus Degrees

Online Degrees in Homeland Security

*Not available to students majoring in Homeland Security

Who Would be Interested in Homeland Security?

Students that are interested in:

  • Learning how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters
  • Learning how to help secure borders, airports, waterways, and seaports

Why Homeland Security?

Degree Benefits

The Homeland Security program was established in 2007 in response to the nation's growing homeland security needs and issues. In addition to providing students with a broad understanding of safety and security issues, this program focuses on four vital components of the homeland security field:

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Intelligence Sharing and Analysis

Learn from the Best

  • Faculty in the Homeland Security program are well respected and internationally known for their research and scholarship activities. They have experience in law enforcement, safety and security, homeland security technology research and development, and emergency management.
  • This combination of traditional academic knowledge and "real-world" experience enriches the classroom experience for students in the program. Students will leave classes with an in-depth understanding of contemporary homeland security issues.

Independent Study & Internship Opportunities

  • Students can choose to work with a professor through an Independent Study, which allows them to pursue specific topics of interest.
  • Students have the opportunity to complete internships and co-ops.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently the second largest federal agency in the U.S., comprised of 22 federal agencies and employing over 200,000 people.
  • In addition, many local police, and fire departments employ a homeland security liaison or specialist, and most states have their own homeland security department or office.

Career Examples

  • Career Border and Transportation Security
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Evidence Technology Specialist
  • FBI Agent
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Technology
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Law Enforcement at the local, state or federal level
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • United States Capitol Police
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Customs Service
  • United States Marshals Service
  • Corporate Loss Prevention and Security
  • Government/Industrial Security

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students must enroll in a Pre-Homeland Security program. After earning a minimum of 45 credit hours with a 2.0 or better average in four lower division HLS courses, and a 2.5 or higher EKU GPA, students can apply for the Homeland Security major.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • U.S. Armed Forces
  • Local Law Enforcement
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Customs
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • Private Security

How Do I Get More Information?

Contact Jacinda Bertie, Student Recruitment Specialist

For information about an online degree,
Contact Steve Emmel, Enrollment Advisor

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?