Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Corporate Security, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Fraud - Rock Studies

The Corporate Security program prepares you to provide the security an organization needs to protect its people, property, information and economic assets from man-made (crime, terrorism, workplace violence) and natural disasters (fires, floods, storms, etc.).

As a Corporate Security major you will take classes in a variety of disciplines needed to critically analyze an organization’s security needs and find creative solutions to solve complex security issues.

The Corporate Security degree has two concentrations: Organizational Security and Fraud.

  • Organizational Security concentration provides the knowledge and skills needed to protect people, property, informational assets
  • Fraud concentration provides the knowledge and skills needed to secure economic assets, both tangible and intangible

Why Choose Corporate Security?

  • High demand for entry-level professionals projected in next several decades by the American Society for Industrial Security International
  • Corporate security has changed since 9/11 and corporate security specialists interact with homeland security specialists to ensure the continued flow of goods and services critical to our everyday lives
  • The demand for fraud specialists continues to grow in both the private and public sector where government needs individuals who are qualified in conducting financial intelligence and trace and stop the flow of economic assets of terrorists

What Will You Learn?

In the Organizational Security concentration students will learn the fundamentals of identifying organizational security risk exposure, creating cost-effective solutions to minimize risk exposure, and provide continuity and recovery plans. You will learn how to analyze concepts of personnel security, physical and information security and design effective plans to prevent losses. Students will also learn how to analyze and prevent or minimize losses from man-made (crime, terrorism) and natural disasters. In addition, how to conduct proper investigations, write reports, and testifying will be taught. Students will also learn how to manage a security department, department budgets and personnel.   

In the Fraud concentration students will learn how to uncover and prevent fraud from corporate espionage, identity theft, Ponzi schemes, asset misappropriations, corruption, healthcare and mortgage fraud and a host of other complex financial crimes. Students will learn how to design effective internal controls and devise programs and policies to detect fraud. In addition effective investigative techniques will be taught, and how to analyze and compile data for internal and external use will be emphasized. Students will also learn how to write effective reports, testify in court, and devise and implement remedial internal controls to prevent future frauds.           

You will take classes across the critical disciplines needed to be successful within this field:

  • Criminology
  • Business
  • Safety
  • Communications
  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Through internship opportunities, you will gain real world experience and develop contacts to help you become successful in this field.

Careers In Corporate Security

Graduates from SRU’s Corporate Security program may enter into careers in a variety of fields with the following job titles:

  • Security Specialists
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Security Consultant/Director
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Internal Auditor
  • Special Agent/FBI Agent
  • Director of Loss Prevention
  • Bankruptcy Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Compliance Officer/Executive
  • Legal Investigator
  • US Postal Inspector
  • Private investigator

Professional Certifications

There are a variety of professional certifications you may obtain upon graduation. The list below is not inclusive but includes the most popular certifications. We
encourage you to research the requirements of these certifications as many of them require the passing of an exam and relevant work experience.

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (ACFE)
  • Certified Protection Professional (ASIS)
  • Professional Certified Investigator (ASIS)
  • Physical Security Professional (ASIS)

In addition, there a number of specialized security and security-related certifications offered by other organizations which are more industry sector related, here are a couple of examples:

  • Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA)
  • Industrial Security Professional (ISP)

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Security Studies: Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to the identification and response of security threats.
  • Ethics, Values and Morality in Security Studies: Students will identify, explain and apply principles of ethics, law, values and morality to security-based scenarios and practices.
  • Professional Communication in Security Studies: Students will demonstrate ability to clearly articulate plans, strategies, analyses and other field-based communications in oral and written format, including the use of current technologies and media.
  • Professional Proficiency in Security Studies: Students will recognize, explain, report and demonstrate current field-based best practices in security management, threat response, and other knowledge/skills/abilities demanded by the field and the impact of technology on security preparedness and implementation.
  • Writing Proficiency in Security Studies: Students will practice and apply principles of clear, professional, succinct and straightforward writing.

Related Links

Corporate Security - Fraud, BS Program Page

Homeland/Corporate Security Studies Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

If you are a Liberal Studies student, please click here for your Curriculum Guide.

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Rock Studies Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements60

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139University Seminar 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major/Concentration Requirements

  • 30 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 30 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Core Courses
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
BUSA 340Legal Environment of Business 13
CSS 120Introduction to Private Security 23
CSS 351Fraud 23
CSS 352Law & Ethics in the Workplace 23
CSS 354Risk Assessment and Fraud Prevention 23
CSS 430Corporate Security Law 23
CSS 440Corporate Security Investigation 23
CSS 460Corporate Security Capstone 23
ENGL 205Introduction to Professional Writing 13
CSLD 251Leadership Theory 13
MIS 265Management Information Systems 13
MIS 301Practical Computer Security 13
Fraud Concentration
CSS 240Security Management 23
CSS 360Specialized Fraud Schemes 23
CSS 370Fraud Law and Report Writing 23
CSS 420Fraud Examination 23
MIS 333Introduction to Computer Forensics 23
Major Electives
Select two of the following:6
Business Analysis and Decision Making 1
Experimental 2
Workshop 2
Selected Topics in Corporate Security 2
Selected Topics in Corporate Security
Selected Topics in Corporate Security
Selected Topics in Corporate Security
Physical Security 2
Personnel Security 2
Security Risk and Emergency Mgmt 2
Internship 2
Independent Study 2
Introduction to Homeland Security 2
Fundamentals of Terrorism 2
Sociology of Organizations 1
Self Leadership 1
Teambuilding for Leaders 2
Organizational Behavior 1
Total Hours60

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. Internships
  2. Job Shadowing
  3. Security Studies Club
  4. Project to End Human Trafficking Club
  5. Security Studies Speaker’s Series
  6. Department of Homeland/Corporate Security Studies Field Trips and Spring Break Trips

Concentration in Fraud (FRAD)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019
Revised 7-2019
UCC 3.26.2019

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Rock Studies Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CSS 120 Introduction to Private Security 3
INDS 101 FYRST Seminar 1
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
{SUBJ 139}University Seminar 3
Rock Studies 3
Rock Studies 3
CSLD 251 Leadership Theory 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
Rock Studies 3
Rock Studies 3
Free Elective 3
Second Year
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting 3
ENGL 205 Introduction to Professional Writing 1 3
CSS 240 Security Management 3
Rock Studies 3
Free Elective 3
Declare a Thematic Thread 2  
CSS 352 Law & Ethics in the Workplace 3
Rock Studies 3
BUSA 340 Legal Environment of Business 3
MIS 265 Management Information Systems 3
Free Elective 3
Third Year
CSS 351 Fraud 3
CSS 360 Specialized Fraud Schemes 3
CSS 420 Fraud Examination 3
MIS 301 Practical Computer Security 3
Rock Studies 3
Rock Studies 3
Free Elective 3
CSS 354 Risk Assessment and Fraud Prevention 3
CSS 370 Fraud Law and Report Writing 3
CSS 430 Corporate Security Law 3
MIS 333 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
Major Elective 3
Fourth Year
CSS 440 Corporate Security Investigation 3
Major Elective 3
Rock Studies 3
CSS 460 Corporate Security Capstone 3
Rock Studies 3
Rock Studies 3
Rock Studies 3
Free Elective 2-3
 Total Hours**120-121
  • CS Organizational Security Major requires 60 Credit Hours (36 Core + 9 General + 9 Culture + 6 Electives).
  • The number of free electives will depend on Rock Studies courses taken and/or Minor.
  • The number of Rock Studies courses will depend on how much overlap there is between major courses and Rock Studies courses.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 5170
Concentration Code: FRAD
Revised date: 11.16.2020