Homeland Security

Inspiring safety and security in our community.

You value the safety and security of yourself and others in your community and throughout our nation. You seek to be a leader in one of the fastest growing fields in the United States, which is why you’re interested in earning a degree in homeland security from Marian University.

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Dr. Alan Johnson, director of homeland security and criminal justice, describes the homeland security program at Marian. Marian’s faculty are practitioners in the field including a former FBI Agent, TSA agent, law enforcement officers, and lawyers. This program provides you the opportunity to focus on the area of homeland security that interests you most, including disaster management, emergency management, terrorism, etc. Dr. Johnson highlights the experiential opportunities that you can experience as a homeland security major.

The Homeland Security Program
Through Marian’s homeland security program, you’ll take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world of public safety. The homeland security curriculum prepares you through strategies and policies needed to defeat terrorism and build resilient communities in the U.S.

Academic Bulletin

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Homeland security majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Emergency planning
  • Combatting terrorism
  • Crisis intervention and management
  • Resource management for homeland security
  • Crisis communication

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain an understanding of the homeland security enterprise to include emergency responder disciplines, prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.
  • Students will understand legal issues, information sharing, and justice as they connect to, conflict with, or are disassociated from the homeland security realm.
  • Students will understand homeland security and counter terrorism strategies.
  • Students will be able to distinguish the legal foundations as they are executed in the American court process as it relates to homeland security.
  • Students will understand how research is conducted and analyzed to include public safety data.
  • Students will be able to express oneself clearly using verbal and written formats.
  • Students will be able to utilize critical thinking and effective problem solving concerning issues in homeland security.
  • Students will gain the ability to behave ethically


The purpose of the Homeland Security Program at Marian University is to prepare students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply to the real world of public safety. The Homeland Security Program is committed to the education of the whole person for careers in public safety leadership. The program prepares individuals to actively participate in public safety and the homeland security enterprise to prevent, protect, respond to, mitigate, and to recover from as well as to build in security, to ensure resilience intelligently and creatively to meet the dynamic demands of the professional environment in keeping the nation safe.

Graduates of the homeland security program are open to careers that will lead to success within both the public and private sectors. The program is designed to prepare graduates for public service in various levels of government, law enforcement, fire science, emergency management and health care, as well as the private sector and non-governmental service organizations.

Inspired to serve the community, students in Marian’s homeland security program share their stories about how they are working to fill a need in public safety.

At Marian University, you’ll find committed faculty and staff aiming to help you reach your fullest potential. Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s homeland security program prepares you to solve management problems, develop strategic plans, enhance human resource potential, increase productivity, address internal organizational issues and better prevent incidents or manage them should they occur.

Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.