Security Studies Program Guidelines for Students Matriculated On or After September 1, 2021

Security Studies Program Guidelines for Students Matriculated On or After September 1, 2021

Sponsor:

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact:

Department Chair, Social Sciences and Public Affairs

Category:

Academic

Number:

100.

Effective Date:

09/01/2021

Implementation History:

Keywords:

homeland security, public administration, emergency services, law enforcement

Background Information:

Purpose

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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.

Required Courses:

  • 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.

Required Courses:

  • 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.

Required Course:

  • 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.

Required Courses:

  • 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.

Required Courses:

  • 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
     

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