Academic institutions offering homeland security courses
| 11.20.2006 | 03:34:22 | Views: 2862 | ID:
November 20 '06: More than 300 colleges now are offering some type of homeland security-related major since the attacks on September 11, 2001 the Associated Press reported Sunday. The federal government will spend about $50 million in grants that will go to universities and colleges for research, scholarships and curricula development.
"Some programs focus on terrorism and manmade threats while other colleges ... also train students to help with major natural disasters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's decimation of the Gulf Coast, " the AP reported. And though the number of education institutions offering the courses are growing, there is no "data available for the number of students enrolled in the programs."However, the subject of homeland security is wide and nebulous - many experts in academia have cautioned against lumping emergency management, disaster response and counterterrorism under one roof. It is a developing discipline, Todd Stewart, the director of the National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security at Ohio State University told the AP. Other machinations of the degree are being employed by some colleges like the University of Massachusetts-Lowell that awards certificates in homeland security so that a computer programer, engineer or linguist will have the government credentials to begin work on the federal, state or local level.
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