New bachelor’s program tied to security studies

Next fall, students at UNG will have the chance to pursue a degree in a new field of study – strategic and security studies.A new Bachelor of Arts degree in strategic and security studies has been introduced by UNG’s College of Arts & Letters and offers concentrations in military science, language, history, international affairs, or cyber security. The degree is geared toward students interested in careers in public and private sector security with emphases on military and international applications.

“There is a national need for graduates who are trained in security affairs, have advanced abilities in critical languages and study abroad experience,” said Dr. Chris Jespersen, dean of the College of Arts & Letters. “This program leverages UNG’s existing resources and  will make the university even stronger in those areas while providing students with access to in-demand careers of today and tomorrow.”

It is projected that approximately 14,800 information security analyst positions will be available nationally, according to the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics. This represents a projected growth of 18 percent from 2014 to 2024.

According to Jespersen, UNG will be the only school in the University System of Georgia offering a program of this kind. Other institutions’ programs focus on disaster response and recovery, while UNG will prepare graduates for security and intelligence related careers in a wide range of fields including management, marketing, information technology, government policy, health care, finance, education and scientific research. The option to pursue one of five concentrations makes the program both comprehensive and flexible.It is expected that enrollment for this major will serve 45 students in the first year and increase steadily in following years.

“This program fits well with UNG’s broader academic commitment and builds upon existing programs in significant ways,” said Dr. Tom Ormond, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “Building upon our programs in computer science, criminal justice, history, international affairs, languages, and military science, this degree program combines elements from these disciplines to offer students the opportunity to craft an interdisciplinary, exciting and relevant degree program.”