Security Assurance Studies

Security in the 21st century transcends law enforcement and government service to encompass many disciplines -- and many avenues to career success. As a Security Assurance Studies major, you’ll learn how to become a security professional who makes sound decisions in the face of dynamic local, national and global issues. This broad interdisciplinary program allows you to specialize in the area of security that interests you most, whether that’s foreign languages or computer science.

Degree Requirements

The Security Assurance Studies Major

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Students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Security Assurance Studies must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, the major required courses listed below, and a sufficient number of electives to total at least 120 credit hours.

Major Courses

COMM210Introduction to Public Speaking
ECON 111 or ECON 112

Political Science

POLSC110The United States in World Affairs
POLSC210International Relations

Security Assurance Studies

SEC100Introduction to Personal Computer Hardware
SEC200Introduction to Computer Security Techniques
SEC320Digital Forensics I
SEC450Law for Networking, Security, and Forensic Professionals
SEC499Senior Colloquium

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

CJS 105 or LS 101
CJS201Substantive Criminal Law
CJS210Law of Evidence
CJS320Civil and Criminal Procedures in U.S. Courts
CJS424Securing the Homeland


PSYCH100Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH240Quantitative Analysis
PSYCH250Introduction to Theories of Personality
PSYCH320Forensic Psychology
PSYCH340Research Methods
CJS254Research Methods for Criminal Justice

Students will also complete the following:

  • A Focus Study consisting of five classes that will be proposed to an advisor for approval. This set of five courses is arranged between the advisor and student. At least 3 of the courses must be upper division.
  • An internship in security which complements the Focus Study area.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Internship Opportunities

  • U.S. Marshal
  • Rhode Island Department of Attorney General
  • Rhode Island State Police
  • Verisign
  • Amica Insurance
  • Genzyme
  • Citizens Bank


  • Rhode Island State Police
  • Amica Insurance
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Providence Police
  • Paychex, Inc.
  • Raytheon Company
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Connecticut State Police
  • Genzyme
  • Citizens Bank

Affiliated Academic Programs

  • SJS “Law in Europe” Study Abroad Program
  • SJS Study Abroad in Westminster, England