Security Studies

The security studies concentration will provide students with the skills and credentials necessary to expand their employment opportunities in corporate and public security. Students will receive extended education in cross-disciplinary topics such as accounting, computer studies, and advanced crime and law courses. Upon completion of this certificate, students will be well-equipped to have fluid conversations with professionals from different backgrounds.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Except for CRJ 201 and CRJ 419, a course may not be used to fulfill requirements in both the Homeland Security and Security Studies BIS concentration areas.

Core 12 Hours Required

ACC 382 Accounting and Financial Analysis (3)

CIS 105 Computer Applications and Information Technology, CS (3)

CRJ 201 Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices (3)

CRJ 419 Domestic Terrorism (3)

Select two from the following (6):

CRJ 410 Procedural Criminal Law (3)

CRJ 412 International Terrorism (3)

CRJ 413 Forensics (3)

CRJ 450 Crime Analysis (3)

CRJ 463 White Collar Crime (3)

CRJ 464 Organized Crime (3)

Select one from the following (3):

CIS 235 Introduction to Information Systems (3)

CPI 101 Introduction to Informatics, CS (3)

CSE 100 Principles of Programming with C++, CS (3)

CSE 110 Principles of Programming with Java, CS (3)

CSE 180 Computer Literacy, CS (3)

Select one from the following (3):

CRJ 484 Internship (3)

LES 305 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business (3)

LAW 480 Business, Law, and Society (3)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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