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Job Market Demand Drives Emerging Field of Homeland Security

With a bachelor's degree in the Homeland Security Track of the political science major, you can make a difference in an emerging career field.

You'll be entering a job market fueled by the constant need to protect our country from threats in many forms.

Political Science: Key to Homeland Security Careers

As a political science major in the Homeland Security Track, you'll learn from political science professors with expertise in this field and other related areas.

They’ll teach you skills for evaluating and developing policies that are designed to strengthen homeland defense and improve emergency management.

This unique major combines classes in homeland security and emergency management with broader political courses.

You’ll also take classes in other areas you choose, such as communications, cybersecurity, geography, and public health, giving you a strong foundation and multiple career options.

The heavy focus on public policy and administration enables you to join the many working in government and related industries to devise strategies for homeland security before a disaster occurs.

The Political Science Department works together with the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department and other departments around campus to support students who want to double-major or minor in related fields. Sometimes your classes can count for both.

Imagine Your Future

At IUP, you’ll get a comprehensive education that will prepare you for administrator positions and a variety of other jobs related to emergency management and homeland defense.

Industries Looking for You

Some of the many employers who could be interested in graduates with homeland security degrees include:

Classes and Requirements

Homeland Security Majors Choose a Specialization

Courses required for this major are listed below. You’ll take all of the required courses, choose controlled electives, and pick a specialization in Emergency Management or Homeland Defense, each of which offers a variety of classes.

By bringing together key topic areas from several departments, your courses will be excellent preparation for a career in homeland security and emergency management.

Other requirements for graduation include completion of the liberal studies requirements and a total of 120 credits.

Specializations

Choose one specialization and take four courses from that specialization (12 credits).

Specializations offered include:

  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Defense

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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Take Advantage of IUP’s Institute for Cybersecurity

One related field that may be of interest is cybersecurity. The Institute for Cybersecurity at IUP promotes cybersecurity awareness and information assurance.

Activities you may be interested in include Cybersecurity/IA Day, Information Assurance Club, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and interdisciplinary round-table discussions on issues of national cybersecurity.

Add a Minor to Your Homeland Security Degree

Though a bachelor’s degree in the Homeland Security Track stands alone as an excellent credential for jobs in this field, a variety of minors fit well with this degree. Below are a few you may want to consider:

Homeland Security Minor

This minor offers an added understanding of political issues both in our nation and around the world. A class on terrorism includes opportunities for small group discussions.

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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