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Security Studies BS

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Credits: 124

Cost per credit: $295

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Security Studies BS

The BS in Security Studies at SUNY Empire State College is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary program that teaches students about the key dimensions of security in the 21st century. Students will learn about the global context of security, approaches to protecting the homeland, counterterrorism, and legal and ethical dimensions of security. Rather than just focusing on a single factor, the program explores the security implications of climate change, international politics and relations, public policy, sociology, and cybersecurity to prepare graduates to step up to the challenge of promoting security while recognizing human rights, diversity, and the complexity of the security environment in the contemporary world.

Students will work with a mentor to individualize the program to prepare for careers in public service, NGOs, law enforcement, or private industry.

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"This is the ideal program for law enforcement and military personnel looking to take the next step in their education and careers."
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Program consists of: 2 years with transfer, 4 years total
Credits: 124

Cost per Credit: New York Residents: $295 Out of State: $353

About the Program

This program teaches students about the key dimensions of security in the 21st century. Students can complete this degree in two years if transferring in with a completed AAS or AS degree.

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Why students choose the BS in Security Studies from Empire State College

  • The BS in Security Studies can be completed in 124 credits
  • Prior learning credit may be available for military and law enforcement students
  • Ideal for the military and those in law enforcement who want a career change
  • Allows students to explore opportunities in cybersecurity, homeland security, emergency management, and disaster relief
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Courses you can take in the security studies degree online

  • The interdisciplinary program addresses legal and ethical dimensions of security.
  • Take classes in:
  • Intro to Security Studies
  • Intro to Homeland Security
  • Intro to Digital Crime and Digital Terrorism
  • International Politics & Relations
  • Cyber Crime and Computer Forensics
  • Legal and Ethical Foundations of Public Service
  • Counterterrorism in a Changing World
  • International Dimensions of Security
  • Privacy, Security & Freedom: Social Concerns for the 21st Century


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Electives you can take in security studies to meet career goals

  • Crime and Intelligence Analysis
  • Strategic Planning for Emergency Services
  • Security Implications of Global Climate Change
  • Disaster and Society
  • Perspectives on Terrorism


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