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Homeland and International Security Major Career Planning Options

The Homeland and International Security Degree at Rivier is an inter-disciplinary program which examines global security issues and the policy responses to those issues, with special emphasis on emerging transnational threats. These threats include, but are not limited to, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, regional and ethnic conflicts, and international crime.  Faculty from various disciplines help students gain blended perspectives in the roles diplomats, the intelligence community, the military, and economic policy officials play in forging comprehensive approaches to solutions and policies to solving complex problems.  

Homeland and International Security Major Skills/Knowledge: 

Creative approaches to problem solving
Broad global securities issues
Critical thinking & reasoning
Ability to understand & interact with diverse cultures
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database design & analysis
Crisis management
Homeland Security & policies
Historical, political, & cultural dimensions
Global commerce & transportation security
Strategic intelligence analysis methods
Written & oral communication

Career Paths in Homeland and International Security 

Careers for Homeland and International Security graduates are diverse and dependent upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field.  These graduates can consider options in the areas of domestic and international defense, homeland security related organizations and industries, government service at the federal, state, or local level, non-governmental organizations (NGO), service organizations, and other non-profit organizations.  Employment positions may involve law enforcement, operations analysis, intelligence analysis, computer security analysis, customs and immigration policies, and foreign affairs.  Volunteer experiences and internships are the most effective for building a network of contacts and obtaining a clear sense of preferred work environments and activities. 

Homeland and International Security Graduates may work as… 

(The following are titles from across the industry.  Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree)  

Intelligence Analyst Law Enforcement Officer
Operations Analysis Specialist Computer Security Specialist
Anti-Terrorism Specialist Business Resiliency Specialist
Customs/Immigration Official Public Policy Coordinator
Foreign Service Worker Customs Classification Analyst
Corporate Security Manager Public Safety Director
International Business Specialist Cyber Security Specialist
U.S. Secret Service Agent International Trade Specialist


Homeland and International Security Graduates may work within…  

Federal Law Enforcement & Investigations Intelligence Community Organizations
Private Sector Defense/Security Department of Homeland Security
US Citizen & Immigration Agencies Private Sector Security/Investigations
Critical Infrastructure Companies Department of Defense Agencies
State & Municipal Governments Non-governmental Organizations
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency United Nations
Transportation Security Agency Companies with International Operations
Dept. of State/Intelligence & Research National Reconnaissance Office


Ways to Increase Employability 

The following suggestions will enhance your leadership skills and workplace qualifications, while promoting networking relationships with fellow professionals: 

  •  Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest. 
  •  Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities. 
  •  Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations. 
  •  Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job or internship positions. 
  •  Develop aptitude in computer technology. 
  •  Develop cross-cultural skills for the global market. 
  •  Use every opportunity in & out of the classroom to practice group teamwork skills that will be invaluable in the business world. 

Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Homeland and International Security 

  • Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Business Administration Department Resources 
  • Professionals Working in the Field 
  • Professional Organizations 
  • Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources 

Professional Associations related to Homeland and International Security Majors
 American Society for Industrial SecurityHigh Technology Crime Investigation Association 
Federal Criminal Investigators Association 
Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association 
International Crime Scene Investigators Association 
National Defense Industrial Association 
National Emergency Management Association 
American Association of State Troopers 
National Council of Nonprofits 
National Association of Police Organizations  

Career Related Websites for Homeland and International Security Majors 

Federal Government Jobs 
Homeland Security 
Non-Profit Careers 
Transportation Security Administration 
State Government Jobs 

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