Security Management (BS)


**PLEASE NOTE** The curriculum presented here applies to incoming students for September 2013. If you enrolled prior to that, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin 2012-13 for the older curricular requirements.

Description. The major in Security Management concentrates on the analysis of security vulnerabilities and the administration of programs designed to reduce losses in public institutions and private corporations. The program prepares students for careers as managers, consultants and entrepreneurs.

Rationale. Students will:

  • Critique and evaluate the origins and current structure of security management within corporations, not-for-profit institutions, and the government.
  • Discern and differentiate concepts of situational crime prevention, rational choice theory, and criminological tenets to understanding crime and to evolving countermeasures for the control of loss and disorder.
  • Weigh and assess common areas of occupational proficiency for security executives: data protection, emergency planning and response, homeland defense, and legal liability.
  • Discover and apply tools to be effective in achieving those goals, particularly in areas where current practices are deficient, such as information protection, security technology, legal justice, and safety services.
  • Develop, support, and enhance writing and verbal communications skills through relevant classroom assignments.

Credits required: 39                            Four Year Academic Plan

Prerequisites: ECO 101 and SOC 101. SOC 101 can fulfill the College's general education requirements in the Flexible Core: Individual & Society area.

Coordinator: Professor Maria Maras, Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management (212.621.4168,

Additional Information. Students enrolled for the first time at the College in September 2013 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version can be found on the John Jay Webpage or may be obtained at the Office of Undergraduate Studies or the Lloyd George Sealy Library.


Subtotal: 18 credits


SEC 101 Introduction to Security
SEC 210 Methods of Security
SEC 211 Security Management
SEC 270/MAT 270 Security of Computers and Their Data
SEC 315 Private Security and the Law
SEC 320 Private Security: Trends and Movements



Subtotal: 15 credits

Category A. Security and Risk Management
Select three courses

FIS 106 Safety Engineering
SEC 104/FIS 104 Risk Management 
SEC 310 Emergency Planning
SEC 323 Private Security and Homeland Defense
SEC 327 Risk and Vulnerability Analysis
SEC 3XX Security Risk and Technology

Category B. Industrial, Commercial, Retail
Select two courses

ENG 235 Writing for Management, Business and Public Administration
SEC 342 Energy Industry Security
SEC 344 Executive and Event Protection
SEC 346 Retail and Commercial Security
SEC 348 Security and Safety for Financial Institutions
SEC 350 Security in Art Museums and Cultural Institutions
SEC 352 Security Investigations and Consulting



Subtotal: 3 credits


SEC 3ZZ Internship in Security Management*

*Note: Students who are currently employed in law enforcement or security may be exempt from this requirement, contact the major coordinator for evaluation.



Subtotal: 3 credits

SEC 405 Seminar in Security Problems

Total: 39 credits