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The business world is in a digital revolution. As organizations rely on the cloud and other digital networks to maintain their data, it is critical that sensitive information — from financial records to social security numbers — is kept stable and secure. 90% of businesses in the U.S. are targeted by malicious hackers each year and cybersecurity experts are essential in preventing these attacks.
The cybersecurity program within the School of Arts and Sciences is a collaboration between the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Humanities Departments to teach students the skills needed in this fast-growing field.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, cybersecurity majors will learn written and oral communication; critical thinking and analytical reasoning; complex problem solving; teamwork skills in diverse groups; creativity and innovation; quantitative reasoning; as well as awareness and understanding of cultural diversity, ethical decision making, and intercultural knowledge and competence in addition to the necessary technological skills.
- Increase knowledge of the social, psychological, ethical, and legal policies and requirements within the field of information assurance/cybersecurity
- Promote engaged understandings of the philosophical, historical, ethical, behavioral, technological, legal, and policy dimensions related to cybersecurity through the use of case studies
- Integrate and apply technical knowledge and skills across students’ interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences curricula
The Cybersecurity degree requires students to take one introductory course, three core courses, three elective courses, two internships, and one capstone course. Students interested in the major will consult with their academic advisor to enroll in the following courses as part of their General Education/Core Curriculum: CS 103, MA 210, LG 201, and PO 230.
- Introduction to Cybersecurity
- Methods of Social Research
- Risk Analysis & Computer Threats
- Seminar: Human Computer Interaction
Students will take a total of three electives from the list of approved elective courses below:
Technological Phase (9 Credits) All students must take:
- Digital Forensics
- Digital Forensic Certification
- Database Systems
Focus Phase (9 Credits) All students must take:
- Cybersecurity & Homeland Security
- Computer Crime & Criminal Justice
- Criminal Justice
Students must design and complete their own secure software systems and evaluate other student projects by locating flaws and weaknesses in them as part of a cybersecurity capstone project.
Interdisciplinary Internship Seminar