A History of Homeland Security at Eastern Kentucky University

The core mission of homeland security is to safeguard life and property. Homeland security is a collective effort between multiple agencies (federal, state, local, and nongovernmental) and citizens to protect communities. These combined efforts provide the opportunity to prevent, relieve and respond to today’s threats and hazards, both natural and man-made.

In 2007, EKU became home to one of the first undergraduate homeland security programs in the nation. EKU’s program is unique because it offers a stand-alone bachelor of science degree with the option to specialize in disaster management, security operations/management, or intelligence studies.

EKU’s comprehensive homeland security program prepares students for a variety of successful and rewarding careers. Program graduates are equipped to enter the workforce and serve their communities 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. 

Students benefit from a team of faculty with extensive field experience and higher education credentials, who focus on real-world challenges and solutions. 

The EKU Homeland Security program was developed in conjunction with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and agency partnerships in an effort that was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. EKU faculty collaborated with other universities and practitioners to develop a model curriculum for undergraduate programs. 

Each year, faculty make updates and advancements to the program based on a demanding strategic planning process. The goal is to improve the program by evaluating a variety of measures such as professional standards, course evaluation data, student success indicators, feedback from graduates and the career paths of graduates.

The program now has a network of more than 350 alumni worldwide. As a result of the multi-disciplinary curriculum, EKU graduates are prepared for a number of career opportunities in both the public and private sector including, but not limited to:

  • Emergency / Disaster Management  
  • U.S. Military Services 
  • U.S. Intelligence Community Corporate / Industrial Security 
  • U.S. State Department
  • Dignitary Protection Services
  • Geographic Information System Analysts
  • Risk Managers / Emergency Planners
  • Federal/State/Local Law Enforcement:
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    • U.S. Secret Services (USSS)
    • Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
    • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    • Customs and Border Protection (CBP

Published on September 20, 2018