Homeland Security program ranks fifth in U.S. News and World Report

December 13, 2012

September 26, 2011


— Marian University’s Homeland Security program offers one of the top nine new college majors, as released by U.S. News and World Report.

The top college majors reflect colleges’ response to the development of new technology and business-related careers. Marian’s homeland security program is one of only about 75 undergraduate programs available in the United States. The homeland security program is ranked fifth out of the top nine in the U.S. News and World Report, stating that it is one of the fastest growing career fields across the nation.

“This is a direct reflection of the hard work that our faculty and staff have undertaken to develop programs that pave the way to provide students with a state-of-the-art degree,” said Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Marian. “Marian’s dedication to providing a high quality, accessible and affordable education will further assist our students in finding new career opportunities.”

“Marian’s program provides students with the latest developments on the organization and strategic mission of homeland security,” said Paul France, director of Marian’s Homeland Security program. “It’s a new field and involves a complex network of government agencies and private organizations collaborating to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. Preparing future homeland security practitioners and leaders through education is essential in maintaining the security and preparedness of the nation.”

“The faculty in the Homeland Security program offer state-of-the-art courses focused on topics important in this evolving discipline, such as emergency planning, leadership and organizational management, in addition to sociology of disasters and terrorism,” said Dr. Michelle Majewski, dean of the School of Criminal Justice and director of the Institute for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Homeland Security has evolved from an initial response to terrorism to now including a range of topics, such as critical infrastructure protection, political and legal aspects of homeland security policy, organizational management and leadership, emergency management, sociological aspects of terrorism and disasters, intelligence, and research fundamentals.Marian’s homeland security program works in collaboration with the Institute for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (IHSEP), which is designed to focus on education, research and outreach in the area of homeland security. For more information on IHSEP or to view the Journal of Homeland Security Education, visit


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