In Tennessee, about six schools offer degree programs with training in homeland security or emergency management. Three of those schools are profiled below. Career options in homeland security may be found in sectors like defense, criminal justice, critical infrastructure protection, or private security management. Students may choose from associate's and bachelor's degree programs; one minor in homeland security is also available. A measure of customization is often possible in such programs, allowing students to choose their areas of interest through electives. Completion of an internship may be required.
Austin Peay State University
This school's origins date back to 1806 when it was a rural academy in the city of Clarksville. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in homeland security offered at the Fort Campbell campus in Kentucky as well as the Highland Crest campus in Springfield, Tennessee. The Fort Campbell campus is only about 30 minutes away from the main campus in Clarksville, and Tennessee students still receive in-state tuition rates. Program coursework covers domestic terrorism, law enforcement administration, network security, incident management and terrorism prevention. Students can tailor their learning experience though elective options in a variety of areas, such as political science or sociology.
This private college in Madisonville was organized in 1849 by local Methodist leaders. Today, students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security degree. This program covers law enforcement, disaster relief and counter-terrorism and includes support courses in world religions, disaster sociology and crisis management. Students are also required to complete at least 50 hours of internship work at a local organization.
Middle Tennessee State University
The city of Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University, a public institution that opened in 1911. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a concentration in homeland security. Program coursework covers terrorism, industrial security and security administration. Students also have the option of pursuing a homeland security minor, which requires a total of 18 credits of coursework focused on homeland security and criminal justice.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Homeland Security Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Austin Peay State University||4-year; public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Concentration in Homeland Security||$8,159 in-state; $23,399 out-of-state*|
|Hiwassee College||4-year, primarily associate's; private, not-for-profit; fringe rural||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security||$19,571*|
|Middle Tennessee State University||4-year; public; midsize city|| Minor in Criminal Justice Administration and Homeland Security,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration - Concentration in Homeland Security
|$8,858 in-state; $27,098 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator