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ECU adds new master’s degree in security studies

ECU will begin offering a master’s degree in security studies this fall.
“The new master’s degree in security studies will expand students’ knowledge and skill relevant to a wide range of security-related issues,” said Dr. Alethia Cook, assistant director of the program, which will be in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science. “The program is a unique, interdisciplinary examination of international and domestic security threats and responses.”

Courses will be taught through an online distance education program as well as on campus, giving students the flexibility to continue working while completing their degree.

Topics to be covered through the program include threat identification, mitigation, policy making, and emergency response and recovery. Security issues at all levels of government will be addressed.

“The program is designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills that will improve their employment and promotion potential in the increasingly wide variety of career fields relevant to homeland and international security,” said Dr. Jalil Roshandel, director of the security studies program.

For more information, contact Cook at 252-328-5869 or, or Roshandel at 252-328-6030 or


This story appeared originally in the Aug. 27, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at