Northern Illinois University will begin offering disaster response courses this summer, becoming the first four-year university in the state to offer a homeland security certificate. Completing the six-semester program will be similar to obtaining a minor degree in anti-terrorism relief and disaster preparedness. IIn the fall, Western Illinois University will begin offering an emergency management degree and University of Illinois in Springfield will unveil a course for masterminding disaster relief efforts.
Northwestern University already features a homeland security center.
School officials say they are reacting to an increased demand for such courses from students and employers. Most of Illinois' 48 community colleges also teach homeland security courses.