The Call to Prepare, Respond, and Lead
When disaster strikes, it takes highly skilled, well-trained personnel to implement plans, manage resources, and get aid to where it’s needed most. A bachelor’s degree in homeland security and emergency preparation from Concordia University-Portland provides leadership in emergency training for people who live to help. The critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills you learn here will give you invaluable experience towards a career in TSA, border patrol, Secret Service, maritime security, Coast Guard, FEMA, and more. In addition to emergency training, this degree will also sharpen your leadership abilities, making you a viable candidate for careers in public health, risk management, cyber security, and intelligence.
This timely and relevant program is offered in a highly flexible format that combines online and on-campus courses delivered in eight-week cycles. You will also spend time in the field as an intern with public agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations. And a state-of-the-art simulator — the biggest and most advanced of its kind on the west coast — puts you in the center of the action by letting you experience security events and disasters first-hand, gaining crucial leadership capabilities.
- Combining coursework with practical life experience gives you the sought-after skills employers are looking for
- Courses are taught by active and retired police and fire commanders, military leaders, and federal agents
- Curriculum includes topics such as emergency preparedness and management. character and ethics of leadership, social and political roots of terrorism, and the intelligence community
Fast Facts on the Simulator
- Located at Concordia’s Columbia River Campus in Portland, OR, the simulator features a 43’ x 10’ semi-circular display, surrounded by six video monitor stations plus a separate command center where key decisions are made
- The simulator represents an investment of more than $1 million in Concordia’s homeland security and emergency preparation program
- Thousands of different scenarios can be programmed into the simulator — everything from floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and forest fires to chemical spills, plane crashes, school shootings, and train derailments
- The simulator also allows you to change up the variables – such as weather, time of day, and number of people
“As a veteran and someone interested in public safety, I enrolled in Concordia’s Homeland Security program because the instructors have experience in the field in addition to their academic credentials. The coursework is informative and intellectually challenging, and the instructors are always ready to help.”
– Pat Dean, Student