A career field that’s more important than ever
The need for qualified professionals with the knowledge and skills to address threats to safety spans both the public and private sectors. National security careers are now a part of every industry. Recent events have demonstrated the critical need for those qualified to focus on tasks such as:
Combating and mitigating the effects of pandemics
Preventing foreign interference in elections and our democratic process
Understanding today’s emerging global assets and threats
One of only a few programs of its kind in the area, the Berkeley College Bachelor’s degree program in National Security can prepare you for a range of careers through a curriculum developed with input from a range of security experts based on the current and anticipated needs of various types of organizations. The program covers a broad understanding of homeland security, emergency management, technology, communications, intelligence, critical infrastructure, terrorism, and other important aspects of security.
The National Security program offers four concentrations in specialized areas of study. Declaring a concentration can also help graduates stand out to potential employers.
Intelligence is information gathered that involves threats to our nation, its people, property, or interests; development, proliferation, or use of weapons of mass destruction; and any other matter bearing on the U.S. national or homeland security. The intelligence community’s primary mission is to collect and convey essential information that the policymaking, law enforcement, and military communities require to execute their appointed duties.
From hospitals to power plants, dams, water facilities, and transportation systems, critical infrastructure supports every aspect of our lives. The Department of Homeland Security has identified 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks are so vital that incapacitation or destruction would debilitate the nation’s security, economy, public health, and safety.
Ensuring the security and resilience of the nation is a shared responsibility in the delivery of goods or services to the public. Public-Private Partnerships provide tremendous advantages for the nation to meet its national security needs and have been implemented to include a wide range of social services, public transportation, critical infrastructure, and key resources.
Information Security refers to the processes and methodologies which are designed and implemented to protect the print, electronic, or any other form of confidential, private, and sensitive information or data from unauthorized access, use, misuse, disclosure, destruction, modification, or disruption. Information security and cybersecurity are often confused. Information Security is a crucial part of cybersecurity, but it refers exclusively to the processes designed for data security.
Learn from highly qualified experienced professionals
Faculty members in the National Security program have been chosen for their excellent academic credentials as well as their professional experience. They’ve worked with such entities as the FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the West African Task Force (WATF), and the Olympics, and trained with the FBI, National Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the National Incident Command System, and the FEMA National Incident Management System, among other vital organizations.