The Homeland Security Studies program provides a detailed overview of the two broad homeland security categories – terrorism and disasters – from a managerial perspective, with an emphasis on leadership and decision making. Because the rapid rate of change is a constant, the ability to assess, analyze and act in a dynamic environment are essential elements of this program. Recent natural disasters and the arrival of international terrorism to the continental United States have made homeland security a rapidly growing field with a high demand for skilled leadership and informed management, both in the public sector and within private industry. Students may earn a bachelor of arts degree, a minor, a post-baccalaureate certificate or a master’s degree in professional studies.
Tulane’s Homeland Security Studies program has been a member of the nation’s leading program for establishing and sharing homeland security curricula since 2007. The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) reached a milestone on 31 January 2011 as the number of education partners topped 1,000.
Keith says: "Our program is taught from an all-hazards approach, the perspective not only of terrorism and counterterrorism but also emergency response and critical infrastructure protection. Most programs in country focus on counterterrorism as the sole aspect of homeland security. That’s very contrary to where we are in New Orleans, with the real and present dangers of natural disasters – hurricanes here, but earthquakes in places like Japan and others. Because we’re in one of the great ports of the world, we also focus on maritime security. If you cut off traffic on the Mississippi River, you basically start choking off the economic well-being of this country."
"In the undergraduate program, about 80% of our students are working and about half are already in the homeland security industry. They are firefighters, EMS technicians, first-responders, member of the military and Coast Guard. They're looking to advance in the system. Another 20% are traditional college students who have decided they want this career. In the graduate program, we see people who need a master's degree for promotion. We also have an interesting number of what I call 'life-changers.' These are people who have moved here from other parts of the country to enroll in the homeland security program. They're well-educated, they have advanced degrees in many cases, they've decided their current life-track is not working and they find this an alternative that they want to pursue."
Explore the program descriptions to the right, or browse the homeland security studies class schedule – in the listing, choose "Include" under School of Continuing Studies Course Offerings, "Homeland Security" from the Course Subject Area, and the campus you prefer, if applicable.