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Cybercrime and Homeland Security

Program Overview

Our newest major, cybercrime and homeland security is designed to address the growing need to investigate and protect information in cyberspace. Cybersecurity is a relatively new professional field, and our curriculum allows students to gain the skills required for such a career.

The goal of the program is to form the cybercrime investigators, digital forensic examiners, information security analysts, and national security analysts of tomorrow.

The demand for cybersecurity analysts is likely to increase by 18 percent for the period between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau's website shows that the salary for an information security analyst in Pennsylvania ranges from $60,010 (the lowest 10th percentile) to $142,110 (the highest 90th percentile).

Courses in the major cover the legal, investigative and technical aspects of cybercrime, in addition to homeland security. 

Students develop the analytical skills to understand cybercrime in order to inform policymakers and the public. They learn about the impact on national security and how technology relates to different aspects of homeland security.

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Students also have access to hands-on programming and research opportunities through the University's Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime.


In addition to the general education requirements, Cybercrime & Homeland Security majors are required to take the following courses: 

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Cybercrime 
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity 
  • Introduction to Homeland Security 
  • Cyber Law and Policy 
  • Cyber Intelligence 
  • Introduction to Network Security  
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security 
  • Ethical Hacking 
  • Digital Forensic Investigation 
  • Emergency Management 
  • Independent Study or Internship 

Students must also take at least two major electives (listed as either CYBR or CJ).  Because this major focuses heavily on technology, students may be required to take cognate courses listed in other majors such as Computer Science and Criminal Justice to supplement their course load. 


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