Program Overview

Lamar Institute of Technology, located in Southeast Texas, is the first college to offer an Associate of Applied Science in Homeland Security. At LIT, students have two options with the Homeland Security degree. Students can choose to focus on a career as a Homeland Security Specialist or a Crime Scene Technician. Lamar Institute of Technology’s Homeland Security Specialist, A.A.S. degree incorporates fire technology, emergency communications and management, law enforcement, computer security and private security. Microcomputer Applications, Contemporary Math, Public Speaking, College Success Skills, Fine Arts Appreciation and Introductory Sociology compose General Education courses. Courses specific to an A.A.S. in Homeland Security include Fundamentals of Criminal Law, Homeland Security Emergency Communications Management, Understanding and Combating Terrorism, Managing a Unified Incident Command, and Weapons of Mass Destruction. With approval from an advisor, students are allowed to substitute up to three courses in the degree program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Lamar Institute of Technology traces its roots back to March 8, 1923, when the South Park School District in Beaumont authorized its superintendent to proceed with plans to open a “junior college of the first class.” Located on the third floor of the South Park High School building, the college shared the library and athletic facilities with the high school. Lamar was the first junior college in Texas to become a four-year, state-supported college. Uniquely, Lamar retained much of its traditional community college mission, particularly in vocational programs, while continuing to grow with strong programs in engineering, sciences, business, and education. In 1962, a graduate school was established, offering master’s degrees in several fields. The Doctorate in Engineering was established in 1971.

    Lamar Institute of Technology offers more than 50 programs in fields that include allied health and sciences, business, industry, and public service and safety. Distance learning includes courses in which all or part of the course is offered “at a distance.” Courses could be online (web-based) courses or off-campus at selected locations.


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