Homeland security is becoming a thriving career field for anyone including me who has interests in protecting the country from foreign threats. This comes as a result from the 9/11 terrorist attack that hit the country hard. A degree in homeland security covers concepts such as border security, prevention of theft instances and also provides deep training in quick decision making and crisis management. When studying homeland security under a degree program, one should expect to study forensics studies, crime scene investigation, criminal justices, how to dispose off of hazardous material and bioterrorism. One is taught how to be prepared to work in situations with crises and one also learns how to provide protection for learning institutions, government agencies, families and also other different institutions through negotiations, criminal disarmament and other security skills.
I chose this cause because I am interested in preserving the security of the country and its people. Another reason why I chose it is my interest in forensic science and security which can be grown and matured in an environment of homeland security. The degree curriculum includes studies in psychology, engineering, biotechnology and even political science. A full degree program a typical curriculum covers topics related to crisis management. Field experience also happens to be an important aspect of this degree which may include internship that involves working with law enforcement, military and also other homeland security professionals. This internship offers direct experience because one works with other advisors and administrators involved with the program. At the end of the course one is required to have a better understanding of how the different agencies come together and work together to make homeland security successful. Part of the coursework involves table top exercises that are group activities where different teams must work together in responding to situations and are mostly used to prepare the department for such situations as those they practice on.
An average bachelors degree takes up to 3 to 3 and a half years which is full time with 4 years being the normal if part time, the degree takes four, four and a half years. If online, it takes two and a half years to four years worth of studies.
In future, this degree will help me land a job with homeland security agencies. It will help me with knowledge on instruction of securing borders as stated earlier, waterways and seaports. This program will provide me with an important understanding of safety and security issues. It will prepare me for the growing field of private and public sector disaster preparedness. Also, there is rising demand for employees with knowledge and experience in security and emergency fields. There are high employment prospects for people who have done a homeland security degree. After graduation, I will be prepared to work in different settings.
McElreath, David; Jensen, Carl; Wigginton, Michael; Doss, Daniel; Nations, Robert; Van Slyke, Jeff (2014). Introduction to Homeland Security (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-1439887523 .