To put it plainly, if you live in the state of Nebraska and dream of working in the homeland security field, you cannot accomplish your goals without the proper education.

This is just one of those fields that requires each and every one of its professionals, from those in the lowliest most entry-level positions to those in the most high-up positions, to have a degree of some sort.

The most commonly held degree is a bachelor’s degree, though many people today are going on to achieve higher level degrees, like master’s degrees and even doctorate level degrees.

The good news is that there are no hard and fast rules about what your major must be. People enter into the homeland security field having studied a wide variety of different subjects.

Some, for example, just study general homeland security, while others study related subjects like criminal justice, emergency management, criminology, and the like.

Generally, the best major for you will be the one that is the most closely related to the job you ultimately wish to have in the field. It is a wise move on your part to know what type of degree most of the professionals currently doing your prospective line of work hold and then to follow suit.

There is even more good news for Nebraska residents, and that is the fact that the state is home to many fine colleges and universities offering programs in or related to homeland security.

Some of the top choices in terms of community colleges include Central Community College, located in Grand Island, which offers an associate’s degree program in general criminal justice, and Metropolitan Community College of Nebraska, in Omaha, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

There’s also Norfolk’s Northeast Community College, which has associate’s degree programs in law enforcement, corrections, and law enforcement.

Not too far away, in Lincoln, is Southeast Community College, which has an excellent associate’s degree program in criminal justice. Finally, don’t forget Western Nebraska Community College, in Scottsbluff, which offers associate’s degree programs in criminal justice and correctional technology.

Of course, community colleges are not your only option in the state. We only mention them first because they, along with online schools, are often one of the more affordable options in the state.

Still, though, there are many fine traditional colleges and universities offering relevant programs. One such school is Chadron State College, with its bachelor’s degree program in justice studies with a special emphasis on criminal justice.

There’s also Duane College, in Lincoln, which has bachelor’s degree programs in both criminal justice and public administration, and ITT Technical Institute of Omaha, offering an associate’s degree program in criminal justice.

Those who want to have the option of online schooling can think about choosing Kaplan University, with locations in both Lincoln and Omaha, which offers online bachelor’s degree programs in corrections, criminal justice ,and fire and emergency services.

A few other choices to think about are Fremont’s Midland Lutheran College, which has a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice and Nebraska Wesleyan University, in Lincoln, which offers certifications in forensic science, a master’s degree in the same, and minor programs in criminal justice and peace and justice studies.

Both of these institutions, however, are private and do tend to cost quite a bit more than public schools in the state.

You may also want to think about Peru State College, offering bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice with a focus on administration, and criminal justice with a focus on counseling.

The University of Nebraska Kearney and Wayne State College are also viable options.