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Undergraduate Program in Security Studies

What is Security Studies? It is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program, hosted by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. It combines courses from the disciplines of Political Science, Sociology, History and Geography with 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).

The Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies (BS or BA) program provides students an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing the diverse domestic and international threats to U.S. security. These threats may be posed by natural disasters or by man, whether through governments or non-state actors such as terrorist groups. The program is designed to enable students to evaluate threats and develop responses to those threats at the international, national, state, and local levels. The program will also increase student understanding and skills of the response coordination required to meet the challenges posed by such threats.

The Undergraduate Minor in Security Studies is a 24 semester hour program of study, which compliments other degree programs at the university. Students can choose to major in any career field, professional program or liberal arts curriculum which allows for a minor field of study. Students are required to take 15 semester hours of core courses and 9 hours of electives.

Within the core courses, students must take SECS 1000 Introduction to Security Studies, which is currently offered in Fall semesters. During their senior year, students must also take SECS 4000 Senior Seminar in Security Studies, which is offered in the Spring. Therefore, students considering a minor in security studies, must have at least two academic years remaining at ECU, in order to be able to complete the course of study.

For more information, see the links below
Undergraduate Minor in Security Studies Printable Brochure
Summer 2016 Course Listing for Undergraduate Classes in Security Studies
Fall 2016 Course Listing for Undergraduate Classes in Security Studies
Checksheet for the BA/BS in MULT: SECS
Checksheet for SECS Minor


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