List of Top Homeland Security Schools in the U.S.
In response to continued threats of terrorism and natural disasters, many schools offer programs aimed at training new officers and agents to protect the nation's infrastructure and borders. Certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs may be offered as part of a public policy or government studies program.
The Best U.S. Homeland Security Programs
1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA
The University of Southern California (USC) was ranked 23rd on the 2011 list of top U.S. schools by U.S. News & World Report. USC hosts the National Center for Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), a research institution funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Through partnerships with other research centers across the nation, CREATE develops risk and economics modeling as a guidance tool for counterterrorism responses and policies.
USC's School of Policy, Planning, and Development offers a Master of Public Policy program with core courses in policy analysis, leadership and development economics. Of the program's 48 course units, 12 are devoted to a specialization, such as homeland security, education, health or media policies. Courses in the homeland security specialization, offered by CREATE, include risk analysis, human behavior, international conflicts and decision modeling.
- Address: University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
- Phone Number: (213) 740-2311
2. Tulane University in New Orleans, LA
Tulane University is a private college founded in 1834. The university offers research and education in a range of fields, including medicine, law, social work and architecture. Tulane was 51st in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 ranking of the nation's best colleges. Bachelor's degree students can major or minor in homeland security studies or earn a postbaccalaureate certificate in the field.
Students in the homeland security studies major are educated in the theory and assessment of the two primary areas of national threats - disasters and terrorism. Since New Orleans is an international port and a national rail juncture, the program is especially focused on the security of maritime and transportation networks. The Bachelor of Arts program in homeland security is operated by the School of Continuing Studies. Some of the program's required courses, including English composition and economics, are available in an online format. Course topics in the major sequence include history of the Middle East, cyber security, emergency management and constitutional law.
- Address: 6823 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
- Phone Number: (504) 865-5000
U.S. Schools for Homeland Security by Student Enrollment
|School Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|Pennsylvania State University||45,185||201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802||(814) 865-4700|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||43,881||601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820||(217) 333-1000|
|University of Maryland - University College||37,347||3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, MD 20783||(301) 985-7000|
|University of Southern California||34,824||University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089||(213) 740-2311|
|San Diego State University||32,817||5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182||(619) 594-5200|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||32,172||910 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23284||(804) 828-0100|
|West Virginia University||28,898||Stewart Hall, University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506||(304) 293-0111|
|George Washington University||25,061||2121 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20052||(202) 994-1000|
|University of Connecticut||25,029||Storrs, CT 06269||(860) 486-2000|
|Towson University||21,177||8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252||(410) 704-2000|
|Western Kentucky University||20,712||1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, KY 42101||(270) 745-0111|
|Missouri State University||20,371||901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65897||(417) 836-5000|
|Georgetown University||16,520||37th and O St. NW, Washington, DC 20057||(202) 687-0100|
|Eastern Kentucky University||16,268||521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475||(859) 622-1000|
|Tulane University||11,464||6823 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118||(504) 865-5000|
|Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus||8,804||1000 River Rd., Teaneck, NJ 07666||(201) 692-2000|
|Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach||4,959||600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114||(800) 222-3728|
|Fairmont State University||4,574||1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554||(304) 367-4000|
|Midway College||1,392||512 E. Stephens St., Midway, KY 40347||(859) 846-4421|
|Long Island University - Riverhead||268||121 Speonk-Riverhead Rd., Riverhead, NY 11901||(631) 287-8010|
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