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Cybercrime and Homeland Security

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 main 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. Required classes include Introduction to Network Security, Cyber Law and Policy, Digital Forensic Investigation, Terrorism and Homeland Security, and Emergency Management.

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