Homeland/Corporate Security Studies
Are you interested in protecting and securing the United States, private businesses, and organizations? The security industry is a $400+ billion/year industry and offers a wide range of career opportunities. Expand your knowledge and build your professional career with Slippery Rock University's Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and the Bachelor of Science in Corporate Security.
The Department of Homeland/Corporate Security Studies' mission is to provide the security communities of Pennsylvania, and the nation with ethically and critically informed graduates who can solve complex security issues. We accomplish this by providing an interdisciplinary program offering rigorous instruction, accessibility, and high quality educational experience to learners in Pennsylvania, the United States, and worldwide.
Security in the public sector (Homeland Security), and security in the private sector (Corporate Security) is a top priority in today's society. In 2014, a nationwide survey of private security managers and directors was conducted by Securitas USA and showed that the single most important management issue of concern was building and maintaining security staffing effectiveness. New security organizations within companies will need a properly-educated staff to protect the company and to manage risk efficiently.
Department Mission: The Homeland and Corporate Security Studies Department at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania prepares the next generation of security leaders with the depth and breadth of technical knowledge, the communication and interpersonal skills, and the reflective ethical mindset required of protective service professionals in government, industry and not-for-profit enterprises.
Vision: The Homeland and Corporate Security Studies program at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania will be known as the premiere educational provider for professional security leaders in Pennsylvania.
Security Careers in the Region
The region around SRU plays an important role in defending and securing the United States. 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 one the forefront of security partnerships between universities, businesses, and government agencies such as the National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance (NCFTA) and the PA Region 13 Task Force bolstered in part by the presence of multiple federal agency field offices in Pittsburgh. A Wall Street Journal article from August 2015 points out that the western PA region is 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.
Majors, Minors, and Certificates
SRU's Homeland/Corporate Security Studies department offers a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Security. The Corporate Security degree has two concentrations: a concentration in Fraud and a concentration in Organizational Security. There are also four minors: Emergency Management, Fraud, Homeland, and Organizational Security. We also offer four certificates: Emergency Management, Fraud, Homeland Security, and Organizational Security. The courses contained within the majors, minors, and certificates are drawn from the established competencies identified by professionals in both the private/corporate and public/homeland security professions.
Internships provide the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities they learn in our programs. They also assist the student with strengthening their oral and written communication, and the ability to work in a diverse employment setting. Another benefit of internships is students have the opportunity to apply their skills to solve complex security issues. Most importantly, student internships provide professional contacts and job opportunities.
Homeland and Corporate Security Studies majors have completed internships at various locations in the past. Some of these locations include
- City of Pittsburgh
- David L Lawrence Convention Center
- Lawrence County Department of Public Safety
- National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance
- S. Marshals Service
- Zero Trafficking
Internships are not required, but a student who completes either a 3 or 6-credit internship can count their credits as major electives in the program. Students can complete these internships during the fall, winter, spring or summer. Dr. Susan Lubinski is the Internship Coordinator for the department and can assist you with any questions.
Please contact Dr. Susan Lubinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (724) 738-2556
All three of our undergraduate degree programs provide a foundation of knowledge needed for students interested in a variety of careers. There are a variety of professional certifications you may obtain upon graduation. The list below is not inclusive but includes the most popular certifications. We encourage you to research the requirements of these certifications as many of them require the passing of an exam and relevant work experience.
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) offered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
- Certified Protection Professional (CPP) offered by ASIS International
- Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) offered by ASIS International
- Physical Security Professional (PSP) offered by ASIS Internationa
- Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP)
- Certified Emergency Management offered by IAEM
Slippery Rock University offers a Prelaw Program. If you have any further questions regarding this particular program, please feel free to contact our departmental prelaw advisor Dr. Susan Lubinski (email@example.com).