BS in Security Management

The Security Management major concentrates on the analysis of security vulnerabilities and the administration of programs designed to reduce losses in public institutions and private corporations. The program prepares students for careers as managers, consultants and entrepreneurs.

You will:

  • Critique and evaluate the origins and current structure of security management within corporations, not–for–profit institutions and the government.
  • Discern and differentiate concepts of situational crime prevention, rational choice theory and criminological tenets to understanding crime and to evolving countermeasures for the control of loss and disorder.
  • Weigh and assess common areas of occupational proficiency for security executives: data protection, emergency planning and response, homeland defense and legal liability.
  • Discover and apply tools to be effective in achieving those goals, particularly in areas where current practices are deficient, such as information protection, security technology, legal justice and safety services.
  • Develop, support and enhance writing and verbal communications skills through relevant classroom assignments.

Experiential learning

Majors are required to complete an internship or practicum experience with companies or organizations using or providing security services. Nationally competitive internships are available from the

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • National Security Agency

A senior seminar allows you to explore a contemporary issues of your own choosing under the guidance of a seminar leader. In recent years, students have

  • worked with many leading security and investigative businesses
  • conducted research in art museums, security consulting firms, and energy, financial, manufacturing, transportation and retail industries


Find information, including a sample four-year plan of study, here. 

Course & credit requirements

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Professor Hung-Lung Wei, Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management, 646.781.5130,

Professor Robert McCrie, Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management, 212-237-8386,

Additional information

If you're enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2020 or thereafter, you must complete the major in the form presented here. If you enrolled prior to that date, you may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2019-20 Undergraduate Bulletin