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Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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A Matrix Approach to Homeland Security Professional Education

Jeremy F. Plant / Thomas Arminio / Paul Thompson
Published Online: 2011-07-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1547-7355.1883

The field of Homeland Security (HLS) has entered a stage where it is not yet a fully established profession. Drawing on the experience of Public Administration (PA) it is suggested that HLS “act like a profession” to advance the knowledge, skills, and values essential to its role. To do this, the case example of HLS education at Pennsylvania State University is reviewed. Penn State has chosen a matrix form of organization to provide a core of professional identity while allowing students to choose from five options to guide their program of study. It is argued that this approach provides a balance of common and specific subject matter that corresponds to the need for HLS to evolve as a loosely coupled but emergent profession.

Keywords: homeland security education; professionalism

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Published Online: 2011-07-28

Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 8, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1547-7355.1883.

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