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Security Studies

Security Studies

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New Major Meets a Strong Demand

In light of the most recent terror threats in New York and New Jersey, there is a need to prepare police, first responders and emergency management personnel with critical thinking, informed decision-making and emergency planning knowledge and skills.

Chestnut Hill College’s Accelerated Adult Degree Program is designed for the adult learner. The Security Studies interdisciplinary degree is designed to develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and planning skills of security professionals from diverse backgrounds. The program provides professional preparation in areas such as risk analysis, emergency planning, threat assessment and criminal investigation. 

Possible Career Opportunities

  • Security Manager
  • Security Management Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Emergency Management Director
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Major Requirements

I. SCPS Core Liberal Arts (13 courses)

II. Security Studies major (14 courses)

III. Major Electives (4 courses)

IV. Free Electives (9 courses)

Sample of Security Studies Courses

Introduction to Security Studies

This course covers the basic concepts and principles of security planning and program implementation across multiple academic disciplines with application to local, state and federal levels of government as well as private and non-profit sectors. Students will learn about the nature of national security organizations and their responsibilities and the current national strategy for responding to security threats.

Security Investigations

This course will cover the process of initiating, conducting and completing an investigation within the private security field. Particular attention will focus on the role of technology within private security investigations. It also will include analyzing different types of investigations, defining the multiple components of an investigation, describing skills an investigator must possess, explaining the interviewing process of witnesses and suspects and obtaining written statements. Finally, additional topics such as legal liabilities, investigator and business responsibilities, the role of law enforcement and the future of private investigative services will be discussed. 

Risk Analysis

This course provides students with an introduction to the field of information security risk assessment. Initially, the students will learn basic definitions and nomenclature in the area of security assessment. Thereafter, they will be taught different approaches for assessment of risk. The course will incorporate cases in risk analysis derived from state and law enforcement agencies. Students will learn how to use a risk analysis matrix for performing both quantitative and qualitative risk analysis. As part of the course, the students learn about different threats they need to incorporate in their risk analysis matrices.


This course is a study of the history, terror groups and tactics of terrorism. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to critically assess modern terrorism and terrorist incidents by reviewing some recent events and past attacks.

Emergency Planning and Incident Management

This course will examine the key components of emergency management—preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery. Current crisis, emergency and risk management concepts, practices and players will be examined. 

Off-site locations

In addition to the main campus, classes are offered at convenient off-site locations including Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia, Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School in Drexel Hill, Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell and the University Center at Montgomery County Community College.  Learn more

Transferring credits

Students can transfer up to 75 credits from another accredited college or university. Prior Learning Assessment options can also help you earn credits for on-the-job experience and training programs.

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