NIU is one of the first universities in the state to offer courses on homeland security. They began teaching classes in disaster preparedness by offering two courses this semester.
"We will be offering a five-course curriculum with two core courses. One of them will be in disaster preparedness and the other one will deal with the human aspects of disasters and terrorist attacks," says Dr. Dennis Cesarottin, NIU's assistant professor for the Department of Technology.
NIU got $75,000 from the federal government to get this project underway. While there is no degree in this field, the hope is that people will get involved in the event if something should happen.
Thirty students are currently enrolled in the course. In the future there are plans to teach homeland security emergency preparedness classes on the Internet.