This need for proactive mentality and the ever-present possibility of failure puts off a majority of students from pursuing this career. Thus, it would be critical to evaluate the requisite preparations to undertake a major in homeland security and the career opportunities available.
To aid in the preparation of undertaking the course, prospective students should appreciate the need to acquire skills critical for the government or corporate security responsibilities in this course. Certificate level entry would require a bachelor’s degree in any field just to acquire fundamental knowledge of homeland security. This could then be upgraded to an associate’s, bachelor’s masters and doctorate degree (US Department of Labor, 2008). People with professional and personal backgrounds in investigations also qualify to undertake the course. Master’s degree is particularly meant for those seeking leadership positions in the career. Those who undertake the course but engage in disqualifying activities could be precluded from related employment or internship upon graduation. With this variation in an entry in addition to the chosen career path and goals, Jones (2006) observes that the length of time undertaking the program varies between one and ten years.
This homeland major covers a wide range of courses to provide an understanding of the internal operations of the criminal justice system in serving the federal, state and local levels. Even so, the interview with the teacher reveals that the major provides a foundational study of general education, providing intellectual skills, writing and research skills and also on individual and social responsibility. These foundational courses also impart knowledge of human culture and the interaction between the natural and the physical worlds.