DeSales University announces the launch of two undergraduate majors: homeland security and supply chain management. Both majors feature the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in 5 years.
After September 11, 2001, the federal government developed a framework to protect the U.S. homeland from terrorism and other threats to the nation. With an annual budget of approximately $64.9 billion, homeland security at the federal level is a major source of career opportunities. In addition, the private sector’s vast network of business, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations is in growing need of emergency preparedness, security and defense capabilities.
The homeland security major at DeSales will prepare students for careers in both areas, including local and state law enforcement, customs and border protection, the United States Secret Service, cyber security, risk management, fraud detection, and many others.
Course topics will include infrastructure protection; terrorist threats to the United States; counter-terrorism policies and practices; vulnerability assessment; disaster preparedness and response; and intelligence analysis, and cybercrime.
“We have partnered with the Center for Defense and Homeland Security’s University Partnership Initiative to ensure that our curriculum is exactly what employers are looking for,” said David Dalition, J.D., L.L.M., assistant professor of criminal justice.
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Students can also complete a B.A. degree in homeland security and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree in the DeSales MACJ program in 5 years.
Supply chain management, a broadly defined area of management that includes logistics and operations research analysts, helps industries gain advantages over competition and increase customer satisfaction.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationally, overall employment in the supply chain management field is projected to grow by 22-27% between 2012 and 2022, and logisticians work in virtually every industry.
“Every single firm out there that manufactures or distributes anything in the market is involved in supply chain or has some element of it,” said Steven Aukers, Ph.D., assistant professor of business.
Students in the major will study procurement, financial risk management, and logistics as well as other business courses including economics, marketing and corporate finance.
Students can also complete an MBA in supply chain management in 5 years with the existing supply chain management concentration in the DeSales MBA program.
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