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Homeland Security Program & Degree

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 following disciplines:

  • Disaster Management
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Security Operations / Management

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 summary, the MISSION of the Homeland Security Program is “to prepare graduates seeking careers protecting life and property as homeland security and emergency management specialists, who will become critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators, and leaders in their professional communities.”


What can you do with a Homeland Security Degree?

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 such as:

Emergency / Disaster Management Federal / State / Local Law Enforcement
U.S. Military Services - Federal Bureau of Investigation (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. Chad Foster
Coordinator, Homeland Security
Phone/Voice Mail: 859.622.2608
Email: Chad.Foster@eku.edu

Pauline Lively
On-Campus Adminstrative Coordinator
Phone/Voice Mail: 859.622.1028
Email: Pauline.Lively@eku.edu

Lindsay Greenwell
Senior Assistant Online Coordinator
Phone/Voice Mail: 859.622.7926
Email: Lindsay.Greenwell@eku.edu

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