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Protect America’s Homeland

The BS in Homeland Security prepares you to lead the fight against man-made and natural disasters threatening our homeland.

Homeland Security

Offered by: Homeland/Corporate Security Studies

Slippery Rock University's Homeland Security major provides a comprehensive study of the skills needed to prevent man-made and natural disasters. In the program, students learn how to investigate, protect, and minimize the effects of these adversities, as well as how to respond to and recover from those same threats. You will gain knowledge of the many tools used to fight terrorism, protect infrastructures and key assets, secure intelligence, and devise emergency plans to respond to real-world issues in Pennsylvania and across the country.

This program awards a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security degree. SRU also offers an 18-credit minor that includes Introduction to Homeland Security, Risk Analysis, and Crime Prevention.

Why major in Homeland Security?

The region around SRU is rich in opportunities for graduates with a Homeland Security degree. According to the FedScope data tool from the Office for Personnel Management, in March 2015, one in five Department of Defense employees worked in Pennsylvania, Ohio, or New York. In particular, Western PA is on the forefront of security partnerships between universities, businesses, and government agencies such as the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance and the Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security, bolstered in part by the presence of an FBI field office in Pittsburgh.

A bachelor's degree in Homeland Security provides you with the core competencies homeland security professionals need. This multidisciplinary program will prepare you for this fast-growing field-exposing you to a wide range of careers and professional certifications.

What Will You Learn?

At SRU, the Homeland Security program teaches the fundamentals of preventing, protecting, mitigating, responding, and recovering from man-made and natural disasters.

You will study the following topics:

  • Intelligence Operations
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Risk Analysis
  • Terrorism
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • Multicultural Competence
  • Emergency Management

Students learn field-specific emergency concepts/theories, practices, and technologies focused on securing people, key assets, and critical infrastructures. Homeland Security isn't the only subject of courses in the major. Students also take classes in criminal justice, philosophy, history, management information systems, and more.

Careers In Homeland Security

There is a wide arrange of life-saving careers available for people with a Homeland Security degree. Graduates from SRU's Homeland Security program have the ability to work in positions such as:

  • Homeland Security Specialist
  • Intelligence
  • Emergency Management
  • Coast Guard
  • Customs Agent
  • Investigations
  • Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement
  • Border Control
  • Transportation Security
  • CIA Agent
  • ICE Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • US Air Marshal
  • ATF Agent

A Wall Street Journal article from August 2015 points out that the western PA region has been successful in building private-public security partnerships because the relatively stable labor force gives government agencies the opportunity to develop lasting, trusting relationships with businesses and institutions in the region. Homeland Security encompasses many job positions and is a field that is always hiring.

Earn your degree in Homeland Security at SRU!

Slippery Rock University's Homeland Security major prepares students for careers in disaster and crime prevention. Interested in learning more about Homeland Security at SRU? Request more information today!