Undergraduate Minors and Graduate Certificates

The Hume Center works with academic colleges and departments to advance curriculum in areas relevant to national security. See specific programs below.

UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN CYBERSECURITY

Sponsor: College of Engineering

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering offers an undergraduate minor in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity broadly covers the fields of information security, network security, and computer system security. As bad actors seek to steal information, protecting that information, the systems that process and store it, and the networks that carry it becomes increasingly important.

This minor seeks to provide a core technical basis for careers in secure system design and operation. Students graduating with a degree in computer science or computer engineering with a minor in cybersecurity could expect careers in software engineering, embedded systems engineering, or information systems management, with an emphasis on designing, developing, operating, or analyzing security features or subsystems.

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UNDERGRADUATE MINOR IN NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Sponsor: Department of Political Science and International Studies

The Department of Political Science and the Internatinonal Studies Program offer a minor in National Security and Foreign Affairs. The purpose of this minor is to prepare students for careers with the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and various intelligence agencies of the U.S. government.

Students will take three required courses in government, politics, and national security; students will take three elective courses from an approved list of interdiciplinary courses.

For more information, please visit the International Studies Program office, 119 Major Williams Hall.

Minor Checklist

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION ASSURANCE ENGINEERING

Sponsor: College of Engineering

Virginia Tech's College of Engineering offers the Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Engineering for students who complete a four-course sequence in information security, networking, software engineering, and network/system security.

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