Online Bachelor of Science Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies

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Security is a broad and critical field that includes intelligence, cybersecurity, and emergency management. At ECU, we’re committed to helping you advance your career and your impact with our online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies degree completion program.

Our career-focused degree gives you the multidisciplinary skill set to hit the ground running in your career, whether you want to help a private company secure their information or run intelligence for governmental organizations.

No matter your goals, you’ll receive the personalized academic attention, career support, and applicable curriculum you need to find success in the real world.

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What You’ll Learn

ECU Online’s BS in Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies is designed to give you a practical skill set that leads to immediate employability. During your time in the program, you’ll gain expertise in areas such as:

  • Conflict management
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • National security policy
  • Research design in political science
  • International relations
  • Criminal justice

Career Outcomes With a Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies Degree

A BS in Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies can prepare you for various career outcomes in the private sector and government organizations, such as the FBI, CIA, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Some common job titles include:*

Information Security Analyst

Average Annual Salary: $77,381

Intelligence Analyst

Average Annual Salary: $77,345

Risk Analyst

Average Annual Salary: $70,893

Emergency Management Specialist

Average Annual Salary: $65,690

Policy Analyst

Average Annual Salary: $63,744

*Salary data provided by Payscale

Curriculum & Courses

Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies is a strong major that requires both hard and soft skills, which are reinforced in our curriculum. The BS degree requires 120 total credit hours, with 40 hours of general education courses.

Keep in mind that as a degree completion program, we accept transfer credits, which may significantly reduce your required hours to graduate. The required Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies courses include the following:

General education requirements - 40 credit hours

For information about courses that carry general education credit, view the General Education Program section.

Research and seminar courses - 6 credit hours

SECS 1000 - Introduction to Security Studies

SECS 4000 - Senior Seminar in Security Studies

Required courses - 9 credit hours

JUST 1000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice

POLS 2020 - Introduction to International Relations

POLS 3031 - Research Design for Political Science

Required writing course - 3 credit hours

POLS 2090 - Writing for Political Science
or a program director approved rhetoric or writing course

Elective courses - 24 credit hours

Choose 2 courses from at least 4 different prefixes with no more than 12 hours from any one prefix. Choose a minimum of 24 credits from the below electives:

ANTH 3027 - Human Diseases and Ancient Environments
BIOL 4150 - Pestilence, Politics and Conquest
EHST 2110 - Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences
EHST 3350 - Safe Water
EHST 3351 - Safe Water Laboratory
EHST 3370 - Waste Water Management
EHST 3371 - Waste Water Management Laboratory
EHST 4350 - Vector Borne Disease Ecology
EHST 4351 - Vector Borne Disease Ecology and Laboratory
EHST 4520 - Biological and Chemical Health Hazards
EHST 4530 - Physical and Radiological Health Hazards
EHST 5010 - Principles of Toxicology
EHST 5011 - Principles of Toxicology and Laboratory
EHST 5800 - Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
EHST 5801 - Solid and Hazardous Waste Management and Laboratory
GEOG 2300 - Environment and Society
GEOG 2350 - Climate Change: Science and Society
GEOG 3003 - Political Geography
GEOG 3430 - Geographic Information Systems I or
PLAN 3430 - Geographic Information Systems I
GEOG 4250 - Environmental Impact Analysis
GEOG 4325 - Resources, Population, and Development
GEOG 4340 - GIS for Health Studies
GEOG 4410 - Advanced Cartographic Design and Production
GEOG 4430 - Geographic Information Systems II or
PLAN 4430 - Geographic Information Systems II
HIST 3121 - American Military History to 1900
HIST 3122 - American Military History Since 1900
HIST 3260 - The United States and the Middle East, 1783 to the Present
HIST 3350 - War and Society
HIST 3680 - Women and Gender in the Middle East
ICTN 2150 - Network Fundamentals
ICTN 2151 - Network Fundamentals Laboratory
ICTN 2900 - Fundamental Network Security
ICTN 2901 - Fundamental Network Security Laboratory
ITEC 3800 - Cost and Capital Project Analysis
JUST 3101 - Conflict Management
JUST 3500 - Principles of Criminal Law
JUST 3501 - Criminal Procedure
JUST 4005 - Organized Crime
JUST 5000 - Comparative Criminal Justice
PLAN 1900 - Sustainable Cities
PLAN 2410 - Introduction to GIS in Planning
PLAN 4015 - Disaster Planning
POLS 3080 - Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction
POLS 3144 - American Foreign Policy
POLS 3155 - National Security Policy
POLS 3180 - The US Intelligence Community
POLS 3260 - Middle Eastern Political Systems
POLS 3290 - Conflict and Peace in the Post-Cold War Era
POLS 3291 - Politics of Genocide in the Twentieth Century
POLS 3293 - International Organizations
POLS 4382 - Politics of Terrorism
POLS 4383 - War in the Modern Age
POLS 4983 - Internship in Political Science
RELI 1690 - World Religions
RELI 2691 - Classical Islam
RELI 3691 - Islam in the Modern World
RELI 3800 - Religion and Violence
SOCI 3219 - Sociology of Immigration
SOCI 2220 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOCI 3235 - Population Trends and Problems
SOCI 3600 - Power and Politics in Society
SOCI 3330 - Criminology

Minor or approved structured electives - 18 credit hours

“I fully encourage anyone who might be considering distance education to give East Carolina University serious consideration. Living at home and taking classes online meant that I had much more flexibility in my schedule and the ability to work full time without sacrificing my education. As a result, I was able to graduate on schedule, without any debt, and with a useful degree.”
– Mariah James, ECU Online Graduate

Tuition and Financial Aid

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$375 per credit hour

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120 credit hours*

*Transfer credits may reduce number of hours

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Financial aid assistance available

ECU online program tuition for in-state students is just $375 per credit hour, with a $17 per credit hour technology fee, making the total per credit hour rate $392. For out-of-state students, the tuition is $450 per credit hour and the technology fee is $17 per credit. With transfer credits and financial aid, your bachelor’s degree is within reach.

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Strong Employment Opportunities

The degree can prepare you for roles with key government organizations, such as the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency (NSA), and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

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Advance Your Career

The program will deepen your understanding of the current intelligence and emergency management landscape, empowering you to advance more quickly.

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You can transfer credits from coursework you’ve already completed and fast-track your path to a BS—with just 42 core credits required for our online security studies degree.

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Beyond Academics

Our focus on individualized attention, student support, and career services ensures that you leave not only with academic proficiency but also the tools for advancement.

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Top Ranked

ECU was ranked in the top 10 of America’s Top Online Colleges 2023 by Newsweek, meaning that you’ll graduate with a degree respected by employers nationwide.

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ECU is more than a university—it’s a community. Even as an online student, you’ll benefit from a powerful network of peers and faculty who truly care about your success.

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We understand that on-campus learning doesn’t work for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice a robust student experience. That’s why our programs are immersive, accessible, and tailored for those with determination.


Online undergraduate students are required to have a minimum of 24 hours of transferable credits for admission. Students are evaluated under the following transfer applicant criteria:

  • A minimum of 24 hours of transferable college-level coursework (complete or in progress).

    • Only courses with a grade of “C” or higher from regionally accredited institutions are eligible to transfer and can be used to gain admission.
    • Students under the age of 21 will also be expected to meet NC High School Minimum Course Requirements and are required to submit a final high school transcript.
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college-level coursework attempted.
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  • A completed online application.
  • All official transcripts from each college, technical institute, or university attended, if applicable. Send transcripts to:

    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Mail Stop 517
    East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC 27858-435

    We also accept electronic transcripts from most transcript services. Please request to have them sent directly to .
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If you’ve already completed the residency verification process and obtained your Residency Certification Number (RCN), you can enter your RCN when filling out our application. If you do not already have your RCN, you may submit your application and then come back and enter your RCN once you have it.

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About ECU Online

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