Security Studies Program Guidelines for Students Matriculated On or After September 1, 2021
|School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Department Chair, Social Sciences and Public Affairs|
|homeland security, public administration, emergency services, law enforcement|
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Security Studies is designed to give students the interdisciplinary knowledge, tools, and strategies to understand the complex nature of security and security challenges in the twenty-first century. This program addresses complexity head on by providing coursework in homeland security, research methods and analysis, information security, and a rigorous examination of the social, economic and cultural contexts of security in the United States and internationally. Students who are currently working in public administration, emergency services, law enforcement, and homeland security positions as well as those interested in these career paths will be well served by the B.S. in Security Studies.
The Bachelor’s Degree Program in Security Studies requires students to take ten core courses and three advanced electives to meet the following five foundations. Students may demonstrate knowledge of each outcome through the following courses at Empire State College. Alternatively, in consultation with their primary mentor, students may demonstrate their knowledge through transcript credit, individualized prior learning assessment (iPLA), prior learning evaluation (PLE), and/or credit by examination.
Foundation #1: Broad Security Studies Perspectives
Learning outcome: Students will be able to describe security concerns from various disciplinary perspectives.
- PAFF 1005 - Introduction to Security Studies
- PAFF 2005 - Introduction to Homeland Security
Foundation #2: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
Learning outcome: Students will be able to explain the history, roots and enforcement approaches to national and global security.
Learning outcome: Students will be able to analyze the interrelationship between human and natural environments in the context of individual and national security.
Learning outcome: Students will be able to evaluate strategies and resources employed by policymakers nationally and internationally related to traditional and human security.
- POLI 3065 - International Politics & Relations
- PAFF 4000 - International Dimensions of Security
- PAFF 4005 - Counterterrorism in a Changing World
Foundation #3: Research Methods
Learning outcome: Students will be able to employ social science research methods and techniques related to the study of security in various forms.
- SOSC 3025 - Social Science Research Methods
Foundation #4: Ethics
Learning outcome: Students will be able to evaluate moral and ethical implications of policies intended to address security from social, political, economic, and environmental perspectives.
- PAFF 4132 - Legal and Ethical Foundations of Public Service
- SOCI 4035 - Privacy, Security & Freedom: Social Concerns for the 21st Century
Foundation # 5: Information Security
Learning outcome: Students will be able to evaluate strategies and resources employed to maintain security of information in digital environments.
- INFT 2020 - Introduction to Digital Crime and Digital Terrorism
- INFT 3020 - Cyber Crime and Computer Forensics
In addition to the required courses listed above, students must also take a minimum of 3 of the following 5 courses:
- CRJS 3020 - Crime and Intelligence Analysis
- EMGT 3030 Leadership and Management in Disaster Response
- PAFF 3003 - Security Implications of Global Climate Change
- SOCI 3045 - Disaster and Society
- SOCI 3065 - Perspectives on Terrorism