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EKU Homeland Security Program

The Eastern Kentucky University Homeland Security Program is best described as a modern program that stands on the legacy of existing EKU security management and disaster preparedness instructional programs that have served as national leaders in the field for over five decades. Starting in 2007, EKU became home to one of the first undergraduate homeland security programs in the nation when it expanded its offerings by instituting a multi-disciplinary undergraduate HLS Program.The EKU program differentiates itself from other programs by offering a stand-alone Bachelor of Science degree with specialization opportunities in the disciplines of disaster management, security operations/management and intelligence studies.

Since 2007, the EKU HLS Program has become one of the leading (and largest) programs in the nation instructing students on the theories, strategies and applications of 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 program is home to a team of faculty with extensive field experience and higher education credentials, who utilize an active learning methodology in their courses that focus on real-world challenges and the associated solutions derived from critical thinking. In providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the homeland security enterprise, the EKU HLS program focuses on the following three pillars:

  • Disaster Management
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Security Operations / Management

What is Homeland Security?

Although the definition of homeland security is debated in academic circles, it can be defined as the following due to the multiple stakeholders comprising the homeland security enterprise in an attempt to fulfill the mission of safeguarding life and property:

The collective efforts and shared responsibilities of Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, nongovernmental, and private-sector partners (as well as individuals, families and communities) to prevent, mitigate and respond to the intentional, natural and accidental threats and hazards of the 21st century.

The curricular foundations of the EKU program were developed during the infancy of the program in conjunction with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security University and Agency Partnership in an effort that was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. EKU faculty collaborated with other universities and practitioners in 2009 to develop a model curriculum for undergraduate programs. Since implementation of the model curriculum, faculty have made numerous updates and advancements to the curriculum based on a rigorous strategic planning process each year aimed at improving the program, evaluating a variety of measures such as professional standards, course evaluation data, student success indicators, feedback from graduates and career paths of graduates.

What can you do with a Homeland Security Degree? (CAREER OPPORTUNITIES)

As a result of its multi-disciplinary curriculum, EKU HLS graduates are prepared for diverse and abundant career opportunities in a variety of public and private sector areas including, but not limited to:

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



Homeland Security Program Contact Information

Dr. Ryan Baggett
Coordinator, Homeland Security
Stratton 281
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475-3131
Phone/Voice Mail: 859.622.8261

Pauline Lively
On-Campus Adminstrative Coordinator
Phone/Voice Mail: 859.622.1028

Lindsay Greenwell
Assistant Online Coordinator
Phone/Voice Mail 859.622.7926

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