Security Studies




More than half the world's population live in countries like the United States, where private security personnel outnumber law enforcement officers. This program teaches skills important to the field of private security, both corporate and other forms.

The security studies concentration provides students with the skills and credentials necessary for expanding their employment opportunities in corporate and public security.

Through the 24 credit hour curriculum, students receive extended education in transdisciplinary topics such as accounting, computer studies, information systems, and crime analysis; part of the curriculum consists of advanced crime and law courses.

Upon completion of this concentration, students are well equipped to have fluid conversations with professionals from different backgrounds about security, whether corporate or private.


  • 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 IDS concentration areas.
  • Students also pursuing CRJ degree may "not" use upper division CRJ courses towards both degree and certificate requirements Those in the concentration cannot do the SCS certificate.

Core - 12 credit hours 

ACC 382 Accounting and Financial Analysis (3) (Prerequisite(s): Non-Business student; must not have previously earned credit in ACC 230, 231, 232, 240, 241, 242, 261, 271 or BUA 381; min 2.00 GPA; min 56 hours, OR non-degree student with min GPA of 2.00, OR graduate student)

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

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

CRJ 419 Domestic Terrorism (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 302; CRJ 303; Credit is allowed for only CRJ 419 or CRJ 494 (Domestic Terrorism))

Select two from the following - 6 credit hours

CRJ 410 Procedural Criminal Law (3) (Prerequisite(s): Criminology and Criminal Justice major; CRJ 302; CRJ 303 OR Law and Human Behavior certificate student; PSY 230; PSY 290)

CRJ 412 International Terrorism (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 302; CRJ 303; Credit is allowed for only CRJ 412 or CRJ 494 (Homeland Security) or CRJ 494 (International Terrorism))

CRJ 450 Crime Analysis (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 302; CRJ 303)

CRJ 463 White Collar Crime (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 302; CRJ 303)

CRJ 464 Organized Crime (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 302; CRJ 303)

Select one from the following - 3 credit hours

CIS 235 Introduction to Information Systems (3) (Prerequisite(s): CIS 105, 200 or 220 with C or better; MAT 210, 270, 211 or 271 with C or better; Credit allowed for only CIS 235 or CIS 236)

CPI 101 Introduction to Informatics, CS (3)

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

CSE 110 Principles of Programming, CS (3)

CSE 180 Computer Literacy, CS (3)

Select one from the following - 3 credit hours

CRJ 484 Internship (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

LAW 480 Business, Law, and Society (3) (Prerequisite(s): Business (Law) BA major; LAW 210; LES 305; minimum senior standing)

LES 305 Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business (3) (Prerequisite(s): W.P. Carey student OR non-business student; minimum 2.50 GPA; minimum 56 hours OR non-degree student; minimum 2.50 GPA OR graduate student)




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