EKU Homeland Security Program Thrives on 10th Anniversary of U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

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As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security marks its 10th anniversary on March 1, one of the nation’s top homeland security programs continues to thrive at Eastern Kentucky University.

“Few people in the United States had heard the words ‘homeland security’ prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks,” said Dr. Michael W. Collier, associate professor of Homeland Security in EKU’s College of Justice and Safety. “Today, that phrase is part of our reality, and we are educating those who will keep America safe.”

DHS, formed in response to the attacks, was created through the merger of 22 federal agencies. Units responsible for counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, disaster preparedness, border security, immigration control and transportation security were combined to better protect U.S. citizens and property.

“There are still major challenges in the areas of immigration control, cyber security and interagency information sharing, but overall the security of the U.S. homeland has been significantly improved since the agency’s formation,” Collier said.

The EKU Homeland Security Program, which is offered online and on-campus, was developed in 2007. It was a natural addition to the University’s existing, nationally recognized justice and safety offerings.

EKU boasts one of the few programs in the nation based on the model curriculum developed by the Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

By combining a rigorous academic program with the convenience of an online degree, Eastern has reached a larger number of traditional and adult learners. Three hundred undergraduate students are enrolled, and another 50 students are pursuing a Homeland Security option for the master’s of science degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management. 

A degree in homeland security can prepare students for numerous, sometimes unexpected career possibilities.

“EKU offers courses in homeland security policy and legal issues, emergency management, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, risk analysis and intelligence support,” Collier said. “Our program is designed to prepare students for jobs as security managers and emergency managers in both the public and private sectors.”

As the Department of Homeland Security begins its second decade, EKU will continue its student-focused mission and educate those who keep American safe.

Named one of the Top 10 Online Colleges in the Nation by "Best Colleges," Eastern Kentucky University, a fully accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success, strives to make quality education accessible to everyone. EKU Online offers more than 20 degree options in a variety of fields, including Education, Nursing, Psychology, Paralegal Studies, Police Studies, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Occupational Safety, Fire Protection and Homeland Security. For more information, visit www.ekuonline.eku.edu.

Published on February 21, 2013