Corporate Security (Minor)

Corporate Security (Minor)

corporate security minor

Learn the business and strategies common to modern corporate security, from safeguarding the workforce to securing physical and digital assets

Security threats are all around us. Modern society has demonstrated that all organizations face risks from natural disasters, to disgruntled employees, to foreign terrorists groups such as the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, to domestic terrorists/criminals, to active shooters, cyber-attacks, bioterror threats such as EBOLA, SARS, and anthrax. Further, weather-related events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, or massive snow storms causing extended shut downs of businesses, tornadoes, earthquakes and potential flood and rain events are always possible and can be devastating to the financial solvency of any organization. Consequently, threats like these have changed how employers evaluate and manage risk.

The relatively rapid rise of the Corporate Security Officer (CSO) in the private sector indicates the deep commitment many organizations now have to enterprise risk management of security threats across all industrial sectors. Corporate security professionals (not “security guards”) plan for future potential events, develop and implement risk management, preparedness and resilience strategies that avoid, transfer or reduce the risk to the organization posed by these threats.  The need for corporate security expertise has likely never been greater.


Curriculum & Requirements

The corporate security minor requires students to complete five courses (20 credits). All five courses applied to the corporate security minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and an overall GPA of 2.0. Students must take at least three 500-level or above courses to complete the minor, noting no more than two courses (8 credits) may also be used in the HLS major.

Required courses16
HLS 415
Fundamentals of Corporate Security
HLS 515
Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
HLS 630
Sports and Large Event Security Management
BUS 400
Introduction to Business
Select one of the following:4
BUS 620
Organizational Behavior
BUS 640
Business Communication and Conflict
BUS 715
Forensic Accounting/Fraud Examination
Total Credits20

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