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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 prepare, prevent, respond to, and mitigate the economic and social impact of 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 respond to real-world issues. 

At Slippery Rock University, you will:

  • Gain practical skills you can apply on the job right away
  • Study a curriculum focused on critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, counter-terrorism, crisis management, risk assessment, and terrorism preparedness
  • Learn real-world skills through hands-on courses developed with employer input and taught by experienced faculty 

Why major in Homeland Security?

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania the creation of the Department of Homeland Security embraces an all-hazards approach to dealing with man-made and natural disasters. There are many opportunities in the United States for professionals to secure our critical infrastructure and key assets, engage in cybersecurity and secure our economic assets to ensure prosperity.  Additionally, professionals are needed to prevent terrorism and formulate and execute counter-terrorism policies. 


The homeland security program gives students both theoretical and practical knowledge that will prepare them for the following:

1) Private- or public-sector employment in the expanding area of homeland security as it relates specifically to domestic security, as well as emergency preparedness

2) Further study in law, government, or policy planning.

This multidisciplinary program will prepare you for this fast-growing field-exposing you to a wide range of careers.

What Will You Learn?

Students will study homeland security from a number of perspectives:

  • The nature of the terrorist threat to the U.S. from both foreign and domestic organizations, including terrorist motives, methods and history
  • Counterterrorism policies ranging from law enforcement to intelligence to the use of military force; vulnerability assessment of public and private infrastructure and institutions
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Ethical, constitutional, law enforcement, and civil liberties issues related to the prevention of terrorist attacks
  • Intelligence analysis of domestic and international threats
  • Policy-making topics, such as organizational design and management, interagency processes, and intergovernmental coordination and cooperation within emergency preparedness and counterterrorism institutions at the local, state, federal and international level.

Careers In Homeland Security

There is a wide arrange of 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:

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