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Bachelor of Science in Security Assurance Studies

The Security Assurance Studies major is designed to develop security professionals capable of making sound decisions, lifelong learning, and the ability to deal with the global, national, and local issues which are a dynamic function of many different components of civilization. Security is an area which can take on many forms. Traditionally, the idea of security referred specifically to areas of law enforcement or government service in the protection of secrets and personnel. Today, security transcends all these areas to encompass many disciplines as well as to provide many avenues to career success.
This major allows students to focus on the area of study which interests them most. The major’s mission is two-fold:
  1. To prepare students for a career in security, where the preparation is sufficiently broad to allow choices and opportunities as to which direction the study may take.
  2. To prepare students for specialized work through focus in a particular area of security with advanced coursework.
This major is interdisciplinary in nature. In this program, students will complete an inter-disciplinary study of security and a 4-course focus in an approved area of security assurance (e.g. Foreign Languages, Computer Science, etc). Students will study a variety of disciplines to provide a broad exposure to the many different areas of security assurance: business, justice studies, ethics, logic, political science, psychology, communications, and technology.

Degree Requirements

In addition to satisfying the University Core Curriculum requirements (WTNG 210 or 220 is specified as the second required Writing course), security assurance studies majors must complete the mathematics requirement, a set of major courses, and five focus study courses (including an internship):

Mathematics Requirement

Successful completion of two courses in Mathematics is required of all majors.

Students may select from one of the following sequences:

MATH 136 and MATH 213 /Lab or
MATH 136 and MATH 207 or
MATH 213/Lab and MATH 214/Lab

Major Courses:

COMM 210 Introduction to Public Speaking  
PHIL 205 Logic  
PHIL 200 Ethics  
ECON 101 or ECON 102
SEC 450 Law for Networking, Security and Forensic Professionals  

Political Science

POLSC 110 The United States in World Affairs  
POLSC 210 International Relations  

Security Assurance Studies

SEC 100 Introduction to Personal Computer Hardware  
SEC 200 Introduction to Computer Security Techniques  
SEC 320 Digital Forensics I  
SEC 499 Senior Colloquium  

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

CJS 105 or LS 101
CJS 201 Substantive Criminal Law  
CJS 210 Law of Evidence  
CJS 320 Civil and Criminal Procedures in U.S. Courts  
CJS 424 Securing the Homeland  


PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology  
PSYCH 240 Quantitative Analysis  
PSYCH 250 Introduction to Theories of Personality  
PSYCH 320 Forensic Psychology  
PSYCH 340    
CJS 254    

Students will also complete the following:

  • a Focus Study consisting of four classes that will be proposed to an advisor for approval. This set of four courses is arranged between the advisor and student. At least 3 of the courses must be upper division.
  • an internship in security which complements the Focus Study area.