Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Homeland and International Security Concentration (Online)

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Program Description

The 100 percent online program offers an excellent blend of courses in criminal justice, law, forensic science, criminology, cyber crimes, counter terrorism and homeland and international security that develop critical thinkers and well-versed professionals. The curriculum and the educational preparation and experience of the faculty are unrivaled. The program provides a comprehensive, methodical review of major criminal justice and security functions and operations. Our goal is to satisfy a wide range of academic and professional interests.


Course Credits
Required Major Courses 33
JUS 101  Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies 3
JUS 102  Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
JUS 103  Correctional Systems 3
JUS 331  Juvenile Justice 3
JUS 361  Court Systems
JUS 375  Criminal Law 3
JUS 376  Criminal Procedure  3
JUS 466  Leadership and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
JUS 495  Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
JUS 496  Criminological Theory 3
JUS 499  Seminar in Criminal Justice Studies 3
Concentration Courses 9
JUS 104  Introduction to Security  3
JUS 205  Principles of Homeland Security 3
JUS 440  Military Criminal Justice
Related Electives 12
JUS 305  International Criminal Justice 3
JUS 335  Corporate Security Law 3
JUS 338  Executive Protection 3
JUS 399  Selected Topics (Repeatable) 3
JUS 405  Cybersecurity 3
JUS 410  International Security 3
JUS 415  Multiculturalism in Criminal Justice 3
JUS 429  Terrorism 3
JUS 430  Criminal Intelligence Analysis  3
JUS 435  Countering Terrorism
JUS 498  Criminal Justice Internship 3
General Education Courses 40
Additional Electives 26
Total 120


Students in the Homeland and International Security program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Coordinator

Christopher Wydra, D.S. (Robert Morris University), M.S. (Duquesne University), B.S. (Point Park University), Assistant Professor
Phone: 724-938-4294

Program Faculty

Aref M. Al-Khattar, Ph.D., M.A. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (University of Jordan), Professor

John R. Cencich, J.S.D. (University of Notre Dame), LL.M. (Kent Law School, University of Kent at Canterbury), M.S. (Virginia Commonwealth University), B.S. (St. Paul's College), Professor

Raymond Hsieh, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Buffalo), M.S. (Rochester Institute of Technology), B.A. (Central Police University-Taiwan), Professor

Michael Hummel, Ph.D., M. Phil., M.A. (Columbia University), B.S. (Unviersity of the State of New York), A.S. (Troy State University), Professor

Mathilda Spencer, Ph.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), M.S. (Shippensburg University), B.A. (Pennsylvania State University), Assistant Professor

Julie Warnick, J.D. (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), B.S. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor