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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Homeland Security?

Although the definition of homeland security is debated in academic circles, we view it as a distributed responsibility involving the work of many partners–both governmental and nongovernmental–involved in safeguarding life and property. Our curriculum is structured as “all-hazards” with courses that correspond to the mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

What sets the EKU Homeland Security program apart from the rest?

Nationally, EKU was one of the first academic institutions to establish an undergraduate degree program in Homeland Security. We have shaped our curriculum with quality instruction and student success at the forefront. In fact, our curriculum has served as a model for other institutions. 

What are the common career pathways for recent graduates?

As a multidisciplinary degree, students have a plethora of career options in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Recent graduates have entered careers in law enforcement, private sector security, emergency management, the military service, the intelligence community, and others. It is also not uncommon for students to continue studies in graduate degree programs or law school following graduation.

What workplace skills will benefit me as a result of this program? 

We put significant emphasis on professional skills throughout the curriculum. Students learn and apply critical and creative thinking, communications, research, leadership and teamwork, and others. Concentrations also offer unique skills sets such as risk and geospatial analysis. 

Is the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree program offered online?

The entire degree and same courses may be completed both on-campus here in Richmond or online. In fact, many students complete the entire degree (120 hours) online using our Blackboard system and other virtual learning tools.

How easy is it to transfer into the program from another institution?

HLS courses are offered year-round, so students may enroll in courses and begin with no delay. Also, EKU accepts transfer credit from accredited universities and colleges, as well as military credit earned on joint services transcripts or JSTs.

What are the credentials of program faculty?

Faculty hired to instruct courses both on-campus and online must meet stringent academic standards, but we also take pride in the practical experience that faculty offer to students. In fact, many of our faculty are professionals who work in law enforcement, security, emergency management, and others. 

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