MacMurray launches major in Homeland Security
April 30, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL – In response to a professional need in the marketplace, MacMurray College is launching a major in Homeland Security, a new course of study in the College’s strong Criminal Justice department.
On Thursday, April 26, the College faculty approved offering the new four-year program as a major and an accompanying minor. It is one of the few such programs in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree, with other colleges focusing on the emergency preparedness aspects of the field.
The bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security is intended to prepare students for a wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors in this growing field, and was developed to meet the needs of our students by providing a core curriculum enabling them to understand the complexities involved in working in the field of homeland security.
“Our program will allow students to learn about and explore the many careers that exist in the field of Homeland Security,” said John Bolinger, assistant professor of criminal justice. “Careers in Homeland Security include many state, local, and federal jobs, as well as jobs in the private sector, and this program will prepare students to join the ranks of professionals working in the field.”
As with all MacMurray majors, students who graduate in Homeland Security must complete 30 credit hours of required general education courses, including a series of core courses that develop the critical thinking required to ask the right questions in any area of endeavor.
For the major, they must also attain a C or better in 10 courses covering such security concerns as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, transportation, health care and other infrastructure concerns, and criminal law. A variety of criminal justice courses or a Homeland Security internship make up the menu of electives hours required as well. (See attached information from the course catalog.)
The new major is being offered beginning in the 2012-13 academic year and will also be available as a minor. Already a handful of MacMurray students have added Homeland Security as a minor or as a double major. The College is in the process of hiring a new faculty member to support the Homeland Security major. That person’s name and background will be released at a future date, once appointment is finalized.