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Interdisciplinary Security Studies Programs

ECU Mission Statement

To be a national model for student success, public service, and regional transformation, East Carolina University:
Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

The Security Studies programs at ECU are focused on achieving the University's missions. It is our goal to educate students and prepare them to compete for careers that will further their own success as well as contributing to the well-being of our society. We do this through:

1. Offering our graduate programs in a distance education format to allow them to engage in our programs from wherever they are in the world. This option is particularly important to members of the US Military and Law Enforcement, for whom the flexibility of the DE format allows them to fit our classes into their schedules;

2. Preparing our students at all levels to confront and overcome security-related challenges. Our programs treat security issues as spanning levels of government from local to national and international. In today's world responding to security issues requires an understanding of the global and multicultural contexts in which they are found. Security Studies classes emphasize the importance of the complexity of the world and teach students to integrate that complexity into their decision-making processes.

3. Learning about the many different disciplines that are involved in identifying and solving security problems. In addition to the contribution of the traditional liberal arts disciplines of Political Science, Sociology, History, and Geography, this program of study involves courses from other colleges: the College of Human Ecology (Criminal Justice); College of Health and Human Performance (Environmental Health); and the College of Technology and Computer Science (Emergency Planning and Information Security).

Students engaged in the Security Studies programs aspire to leadership positions in their career fields. Leadership concepts and principles are emphasized in the curriculum and reinforced in our classes. The Security Studies program offers several different programs for students at ECU. At the Undergraduate level, students may do a minor in Security Studies. In addition, students may also choose to do either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Security Studies. This new and innovative undergraduate option offers students an excellent opportunity to focus their studies on the security-related topics that will further their career interests.

At the Graduate level, there are two options available to students: a Master of Science in Security Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Security Studies. The links below provide additional information on these programs.

Dr. Alethia H. Cook, Director
Department of Political Science, Brewster A-134
East Carolina University
Greenville NC 27858-4353
Phone: 252-328-5869
FAX: 252-328-4134
Email: cooka@ecu.edu

QUICK LINKS
Master of Science in Security Studies
MS in Security Studies FAQs
Graduate Certificate in Security Studies
Security Studies Undergraduate Minor
Security Studies Committee and Faculty

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Dept. of Political Science, Brewster A-124, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone (252) 328-6189
Fax (252) 328-4134