Homeland Security, Bachelor of Science

126 Credits
College of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus

Overview

Today's focus on national security is creating new demands for well-educated, well-trained law enforcement and security professionals.

Since September 11, 2001, government agencies and private corporations have joined to protect the U.S. homeland from terrorism. One result is the Department of Homeland Security — with an annual budget of more than $40 billion, it is a major source of career opportunities for security professionals. Another source is the private sector, which owns or controls 85 percent of our nation's infrastructure.

You can build a career helping to protect our nation by earning your Bachelor of Science Degree in Homeland Security at St. John’s University. Offered by the College of Professional Studies, this innovative 126-credit program is ranked among the top 100 “ Best Degree Programs” by Security Magazine.

The program prepares security leaders who can help protect our national infrastructure from terrorism and other criminal threats. Students prepare for a leadership track in the homeland and corporate security sectors. Courses are designed to provide a solid theoretical and practical understanding of the managerial and technological challenges to homeland and organizational security.

Equipped with this knowledge and training, the program’s graduates find positions in major corporations as well as the many agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, including the Secret Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Courses

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Admission

Admission requirements for the B.S. Degree in Homeland Security are similar to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year, bachelor of science degree in the College of Professional Studies.

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
718-990-2000
admissions@stjohns.edu

Admission Office -  Staten Island campus
718-390-4500
siadmissions@stjohns.edu

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Career Outcomes

The homeland and corporate security field has been one of the fastest growing industries during recent times.  Employers are turning to qualified security professionals to protect valuable resources, combat losses and to migrate hazardous threats. 

You can prepare for an exciting career in this field through the Bachelor of Science Degree Program at St. John’s University.  Offered through our College of Professional Studies, the Homeland Security program prepares students for an executive leadership career track in the corporate security sector.

Specifically, students will be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Possess a comprehensive, nuanced understanding of the varied kinds of terrorist and criminal threats facing the nation’s financial, governmental and physical infrastructure.
  • Acquire a professional’s knowledge of criminal justice and law enforcement issues and principles.
  • Build an understanding of the many threats to complex computer systems and the principles of computer safety.
  • Gain a solid foundation in the theory and practice of organizational and emergency management.
  • Develop an understanding of and skills in investigation and intelligence gathering and analysis.
  • Acquire familiarity with the growing partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the organizational security functions of private business.
  • Understand issues and practices concerning facility protection and industrial espionage.

 

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Global Approach to Education

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.

 

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Additional Information

Students learn from a nationally acclaimed faculty of scholars and practitioners experienced with security issues in the public and private sectors. With contacts throughout the New York metropolitan area, professors offer access to valuable internship and career opportunities. Students also benefit from St. John’s University’s long history of excellence in the areas of criminal justice.

One of more than 180 student organizations at St. John's, the Homeland Security Association brings students into contact with the structures and procedures of the homeland and corporate security enterprise. The Association acts as an information center concerning career opportunities and job availability. It sponsors guest lectures, seminars, on-site visits and opportunities to meet and speak with practitioners in the field. Membership is open to all students.

The College of Professional Studies offers membership in the following honor societies:

  • The College of Professional Studies Honor Society: Recognizing undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and involvement in campus, church or community activities. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 credits (30 in CPS) with an index of 3.5 for all coursework.
  • Alpha Phi Sigma: The Alpha Epsilon Rho Chapter of this criminal justice honor society, for students with a 3.2 overall index (including transfer credits) and a 3.2 index in the Criminal Justice major.
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi: Applicants to this national Legal Studies honor society must major in Legal Studies (A.S. or B.S. degree) with an overall index of 3.5 after completing two-thirds of all course requirements for the degree.

St. John’s offers access to outstanding academic resources. New students receive their own wireless laptop computer with full access to St. John’s award-winning network. Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café and a full-service
food court.

One of more than 180 student organizations at St. John's, the Homeland Security Association brings students into contact with the structures and procedures of the homeland and corporate security enterprise. The Association acts as an information center concerning career opportunities and job availability. It sponsors guest lectures, seminars, on-site visits and opportunities to meet and speak with practitioners in the field. Membership is open to all students.

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