Doug Bedell — July 24, 2010, 2:24 pm

College Courses on Terrorism Gaining Vogue

Courses on terrorism and homeland security are becoming part of college offerings across the U.S.

Along with the awareness among educators and students that it’s an increasingly dangerous world, the courses are being prompted by  a dozen Centers of Excellence at universities and research centers that were established in the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

“The centers were asked by the feds,” reports National Public Radio, “to increase the nation’s understanding of various aspects of dangerous threats, including explosives, chemical and biological attacks, the behavioral side of evil and other alarm-bell issues.”

Sad that to be pertinent, education is venturing into pernicious areas. But security begins with awareness of potential dangers. So Disaster 101, suggests NPR,  may be coming to a campus near you.

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