Why Major in Homeland Security?

Written by Dr. Ryan Baggett
Assistant Professor – Homeland Security

In today’s society, it is difficult to turn on the television or radio, or for that matter open up any news feed on the Internet, and not see / hear a current events item regarding some aspect of homeland security. For some reading this entry, you may not completely understand what the phrase “homeland security” even means. You are not alone!!

For most American citizens in high school or older, there is a varying degree of knowledge regarding the tragic events that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001. While this was the impetus of the creation of a federal department (United States Department of Homeland Security), the discipline of homeland security is multi-faceted. Not only does homeland security focus on terrorism, as witnessed on 9/11 (2001) and more recently during the bombing at the Boston Marathon (2013), but also essential elements of emergency management during natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Superstorm Sandy (2012).

Further, concepts such as protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure in the 16 different national sectors using a risk-based approach is critical to ensuring that Americans are able to continue enjoying the quality of life to which they have grown accustomed.

Last, a government must be aware of the potential and emerging threats that may exist through the collection, analysis and utilization of intelligence. Obviously, this area of study has generated a great deal of attention as of late with recent disclosures from a defense contractor (2013). In short, this is only an abbreviated selection from a wide variety of topics that are present in quality homeland security academic programs.

If you find these topics interesting and you have a desire to work in a profession that strives to safeguard the United States against all-hazards, a career in homeland security is waiting for you. The faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University look forward to talking with you as you consider undergraduate, graduate, or certificate programs in either a traditional classroom-based or online format.

Published on June 19, 2013