Cyber Defense and Homeland Security
The United States faces potential threats from within and beyond its borders. With our Cyber Defense and Homeland Security undergraduate degree, you’ll be prepared to protect against hostile threats and support emergency preparedness and response efforts. This degree focuses on devising and deploying strategies, critically analyzing policies, and understanding ethics and privacy concerns.
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The Cyber Defense and Homeland Security degree is different from Criminal Justice and Computer Science-related degrees and is not heavily technical. This degree focuses on protecting the whole of society and the U.S. critical infrastructure through operational and strategic knowledge. It encompasses governmental, private sector, economic, financial, and societal concerns. Courses align with academic programming advanced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Two Components, One Major
Cyber Defense Component
Protect against threats including terrorism and extremism. Focus on cyber management, risk analysis, and planning and management of systems for critical infrastructure protection.
Homeland Security Component
Learn about intelligence operations, open-source intelligence analysis, and disaster planning and emergencies. This part of the program emphasizes resilience in protecting security sectors including elections, the environment, financial institutions, healthcare, defense, utilities, education, immigration, and more.
Learn from a Cyber Defense Expert
Program director Dr. Chris J. Dolan is a two-time Fulbright Scholar selected as a U.S. Department of State Cyber Defense Specialist in Kosovo for the Spring 2024 semester. He has written six books on U.S. national security policy.
Intelligence & Security Studies Master’s
Pursue a career immediately after graduation or enroll in LVC’s Master of Science in Intelligence & Security Studies Program (MSISS) to add to your credentials. LVC’s MSISS puts you at the forefront of national security policy and intelligence analysis. This online-only program gives you the flexibility to complete a degree in as fast as one year, if you’re enrolled full-time.