Homeland Security FAQ

General Information
Homeland Security is a “catch all” term referring to 22 different federal departments, branches, and agencies that came together to comprise what is now DHS. In June of 2002 the proposal for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security was put forth. On November 25, 2002 the Homeland Security Act of 2002 was passed. On March 1, 2003 the Department of Homeland Security became active and operational. 

What is Homeland Security?
Homeland Security is our country’s source of protection of all our citizens, international business, our land, air, and waterways, and other interests of The United States. Homeland Security is active in a levels of government: local, state, federal, tribal, and territories. Homeland Security activities and operations consists of things like prevention of, response to, and investigations of terrorism. Its also consist of policing illegal immigration, preventing entry of agricultural products that are harmful or carry disease. Homeland Security grows more and more each day. It is always evolving. Higher education is key in the world of Homeland Security.

What Homeland Security is not?
Despite popular belief and representation by Hollywood, Homeland Security is much more than a gun and badge carrying boot on the ground. Homeland Security involves a vast range of expertises and disciplines. It also involves accountants, lawyers, transportation specialists, wildlife and resource specialists, engineers, and a whole host of other exciting career paths. 

Who is a part of Homeland Security?
Well today it is viewed as the Homeland Security Enterprise. Everyone plays a part. Its consist of everything from federal agencies, United States Coast Guard, public and private sectors, and finally all the way down to the average citizen.

What is the Homeland Security program at Vincennes University?
The Homeland Security program at Vincennes University is a two-year bachelor’s degree that students may enroll in after completing an associate’s degree in a related field.  The program is currently led by Mr. Louis Caprino a retired FBI Special Agent of twenty-nine years, who brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the program.  Anyone interested in gathering more information about the Homeland Security program can contact Mr. Caprino at lcaprino@vinu.edu or stop by his office located on the first floor of Davis Hall in the Public Service division office.

What would I as a student in Homeland Security be studying?
The current curriculum features classes on Terrorism, Homeland Security overview, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Policy, Cyber Forensics, Crisis and Disaster Management, and National Security Law.  These are just a few of the classes you as a student would take to become prepared for a promising career in Homeland Security.

What if I am currently enrolled in a different program at Vincennes University or another college?
The admission requirements are a degree in:

  • Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Loss Prevention and Safety
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paralegal
  • Fire Science and Safety Technology
  • Emergency Management & Planning
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • A related field
  • Individuals that are six credit hours or less from accomplishing an associate degree.

You are strongly encouraged to contact Louis Caprino if you have any questions about enrolling in the Homeland Security program.

Contact information
Vincennes University
Room 105 Homeland Security Building
1001 North 2nd Street
Vincennes, Indiana, 47591
812-888-6830 (office)