Security Studies (Certificate)

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More than half the world's population live in countries like the United States where private security personnel outnumber law enforcement officers. This program teaches skills important to corporate and other forms of private security, including accounting, computer and information systems, and crime analysis.

The security studies certificate program provides students with the skills and credentials necessary to expand their employment opportunities in corporate and public security.

Through the 24 credit hour curriculum, students receive extended education in transdisciplinary topics such as accounting, computer studies and information systems, and crime analysis and in advanced crime and law courses. Upon completion of this certificate, students are well-equipped to have fluid conversations with professionals from different backgrounds about security, whether corporate or private.

At A Glance

Security Studies (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Required Core Courses -- 12 credit hours
Select two courses from the following -- 6 credit hours
Select one course from the following -- 3 credit hours
Select one course from the following -- 3 credit hours
A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for all course work.
Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice majors who are also pursuing the Security Studies certificate may not use CRJ 410, CRJ 412, CRJ 450, CRJ 463, CRJ 464, and CRJ 494 towards both their degree and certificate.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

Students should meet with an academic advisor from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to formally add the certificate to their degree plan.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.