Examination of Academic Education for Homeland Security   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Thesis Abstract: "Over the last 19 years, there has been a concerted, multifaceted effort to develop an academic field of Homeland Security. This thesis examined the state of homeland security education to understand the size and characteristics of the field, important to shape future development. Current estimates have significant methodological limitations. There were two questions. First, what are the characteristics and foci of the literature on homeland security education? Second, what are the characteristics of homeland security graduate-degree programs? The first question was answered with a systematic review of 71 articles. The articles were published in homeland security journals, were largely narrative pieces rather than empirical, and mostly focused on homeland security discipline, curriculum or programs. The second question was answered with a review of 110 graduate-level academic programs. There are 58 full degree programs in homeland security-related fields, but only 18 that are exclusively homeland security. Most programs are delivered fully online and require a capstone rather than a thesis. From these analyses are three recommendations. First, the field needs to use stronger empirical research methods. Second, since most programs are delivered online, the field should emphasize educational techniques and outcomes effective in this format. Finally, there needs to be some discussion to clarify the relationship between homeland security and emergency management."

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