Homeland Security

College of Justice, Safety and Military Science
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EKU Homeland Security Program Guide

Degree Options

On-Campus Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates

  • B.S. in Homeland Security
  • University Certificate in Homeland Security*
  • University Certificate in Intelligence Studies
  • University Certificate in Security Management
  • Minor in Disaster Management
  • Associates of General Studies with Homeland Security concentration
  • Associates of General Studies with Security Management concentration

*Not available to students majoring in Homeland Security

Online Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates

Online Graduate Degree and Certificates/Concentrations

Who Would be Interested in Homeland Security?

Students that are interested in:

  • Opportunities to safeguard life and property in a variety of areas to include, but not limited to:
  • Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement (move these bullets over as seen here, not directly under the “Opportunities” line)
  • U.S. Intelligence Community
  • U.S. Military Services
  • Emergency/Disaster Management
  • Corporate/Industrial Security
  • Learning how to reduce risk to individuals, critical infrastructure, and assets through enhancements in physical, cyber, operational, and other protective measures designed to deter, reduce, and mitigate threats and the resulting consequences.
  • 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

Eastern Kentucky University has been a national leader in security management and disaster response for over five decades. Building on this tradition, the Homeland Security Program has quickly become one of the leading programs in the nation instructing students on the safeguarding of life and property through the protection of critical infrastructure; preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters; providing counterterrorism and law enforcement intelligence support; and employing the latest security technologies.

The EKU Homeland Security Program provides comprehensive educational opportunities focusing on the following essential components: Disaster Management, Infrastructure Protection and Resilience, Intelligence Sharing and Analysis, and Security Operations and Management.

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.
  • A Homeland Security degree provides diverse opportunities to graduates as it can be defined as a multidisciplinary program resulting in a plethora of career opportunities.
  • With 36 Free elective hours built into the EKU Homeland Security curriculum, students can specialize in many different areas to give them a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.

Career Examples:

  • Federal Law Enforcement to include:

o   Federal Bureau of Investigation

o   United States Secret Service

o   Drug Enforcement Administration

o   Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

o   United States Marshals Service

  • State and Local Law Enforcement

  • Federal, State and Local Emergency Management

o   Federal Emergency Management Agency

o   Non-Governmental Emergency Management

§  American Red Cross

§  AmeriCares

  • U.S. Intelligence Community

o   U.S. Department of State

o   Central Intelligence Agency

o   National Security Agency

  • U.S. Military Service
  • Corporate Security and Loss Prevention

o   Fortune 500 companies all employ corporate security administrators

  • 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?


Jobs / Occupations:

Percentage of EKU HLS Graduates Employed in Job Type: 2017

Law Enforcement

(Federal, State, Local)


Private Sector Security

(Corporate / Retail Security)


Emergency / Disaster Management

(Federal / State / Local / Private)


U.S. Military Services


U.S. Intelligence Community

(Federal / State / Local / Private)


Graduate School




How Do I Get More Information?

On-Campus Program Information

Contact Jacinda Bertie or Rebecca Moore at:
Jacinda.Bertie@eku.edu / 859-622-6520
Rebecca.Moore@eku.edu / 859-622-7873

Online Program

Contact Steven Emmel, Online Enrollment Advisor

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?