Academic Programs of the Krieger School of Arts and
Sciences has this fall launched a new Certificate in
Homeland Security program that brings together three
critical areas of homeland security: international
relations (sources of resentment against the United
States), domestic policy (how the United States can best
organize itself to meet threats) and science (how weapons
of mass destruction are made and work).
"We want students with expertise in these three broad
areas," said Steven David, professor of political science and chair of the
new Homeland Security program. "What we've found is there's
a real compartmentalization. People who work in a lab on
anthrax, say, have little idea of the politics of those who
would use anthrax. And people who understand the politics
don't understand the science, such as the difference
between a viral weapon and a bacteriological weapon."
David said the Krieger School decided to start the
program because of increasing interest from students and
the belief that the things they learn in the program will
benefit them in the working world.
"There's a real intellectual, substantial interest in
homeland security," he said.
Courses in the program will be taught in Washington,
Baltimore and Montgomery County.
David said the new program draws on Hopkins' strengths
and that many current students seeking master's degrees
will seek the certificate.