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Transnational Security Studies Major Career Planning Options

The Transnational Security Studies 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. 

Transnational Security Studies 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 Transnational Security Studies

Careers for Transnational 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.

Transnational 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


Transnational 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 Transnational 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

Rivier University’s Career Development Center Resources
Effective career decision-making evolves through a process of gathering accurate self-knowledge and significant information about the major or career being explored.  The Rivier University Career Development Center offers individual counseling and career resources regarding self-assessment, career exploration, gaining practical experience, and job searching skills.  For more information, contact us at 897-8246.  The following is a partial list of career resources, available in our office, which may be of interest to Transnational Security Majors:

  • Careers in Government and Nonprofit Agencies
  • Careers in Law Enforcement
  • Careers in International Affairs
  • Careers in Computers and Cyberspace

Professional Organizations related to Transnational Security

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 Transnational Majors

Federal Government Jobs 
Homeland Security 
Non-Profit Careers 
Law Enforcement Jobs 
Careers in International Affairs 
Transportation Security Administration 
State Government Jobs 
Private Security Jobs

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