By Steve Neavling
The first seven students graduated with a newly created minor in homeland security and other emergency fields at a New York state college, the Washington Times reports. 
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the students may play an important role in responding to emergencies that range from terrorism to extreme weather.
The first academic year at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany attracted more than 270 students.
State education officials hope to soon create a major in the field.