In the Homeland Security program, you will learn how to prevent, protect, and minimize the effects of man-made and natural disasters, as well as how to respond to and recover from those same threats. You will gain knowledge of the many tools used to fight terrorism, protect infrastructures and key assets, secure intelligence, and devise emergency plans to respond to natural and man-made disasters.

The program prepares you to:

  • Critically think in order to devise creative security solutions to protect the homeland
  • Learn cultural awareness/foreign language component
  • Participate in a capstone project that is hands-on
  • Gain real-world experience through internship opportunities

Why Choose Homeland Security?

The region around SRU plays an important role in defending and securing the United States. According to the FedScope data tool from the Office for Personnel Management, in March 2015, one in five Department of Defense employees worked in Pennsylvania, Ohio, or New York. In particular, Western PA is one the forefront of security partnerships between universities, businesses, and government agencies such as the national Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance and the Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security bolstered in part by the presence of an FBI field office in Pittsburgh.

A Wall Street Journal article from August 2015 points out that the western PA region is successful in building private-public security partnerships because the relatively stable labor force gives government agencies the opportunity to develop lasting, trusting relationships with businesses and institutions in the region.

A degree in Homeland Security provides you with the core competencies homeland security professionals need. The multidisciplinary program will prepare you for this fast-growing field, exposing you to a wide range of careers and professional certifications.

What Will You Learn?

You will gain a background in the fundamentals of preventing, protecting, mitigating, responding and recovering from man-made and natural disasters.

You will study the following topics:

  • Intelligence Operations
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Risk Analysis
  • Terrorism
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • Multicultural Competence
  • Emergency Management

You will learn field-specific emergency concepts/theories, practices and technologies focused on securing people, key assets, and critical infrastructures.


Graduates from SRU's Homeland Security program may enter into the following careers:

  • Homeland Security Specialist
  • Intelligence
  • Emergency Management
  • Coast Guard
  • Customs Agent
  • Investigations
  • Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement
  • Border Control
  • Transportation Security
  • CIA Agent
  • ICE Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • US Air Marshal
  • ATF Agent
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated October 21, 2018
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