New Cutting Edge Academic Programs at MSMU
Emmitsburg, Md. – Mount St. Mary’s announces a pair of new undergraduate majors, in cyber security and PPE (politics/philosophy/economics), as well as a graduate certificate in forensic accounting. Collectively, the programs will allow students at the Mount to continue pursuing studies in the most cutting-edge fields of the day while still benefiting from a liberal arts tradition that teaches them to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.
The bachelor’s of science degree in cyber security will produce graduates who are prepared for challenging technological careers that contribute to our cyber defense and promote the responsible use of Internet technology. The program is unique in the field because of its emphasis on ethics and communication skills and its integration with the Mount’s renowned liberal arts curriculum.
The cyber security program will be housed in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics and includes 12 required core courses in cyber security and computer science plus four elective courses, ranging from criminal justice to math to ethics. A partnership with the Mount’s Career Center will allow students to explore internship and employment opportunities with the local cyber technology industry. “Cyber security is one of the fastest growing fields in the nation,” said Dr. Jeffrey Simmons, Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, “and currently we aren’t producing enough graduates to fill the job demand.” With the addition of this program, Mount St. Mary’s aims to change that.
The program in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) will combine classic liberal arts training and an interdisciplinary approach to the political economy and public policy with contemporary skills such as statistics, financial theories, and political systems. The undergraduate major will inform students on contentious political and economic topics and theories, such as immigration, economic sanctions, and international trade agreements, and ask them to connect these theories to their philosophical foundations. Students will be prepared for a range of leadership positions in government and financial management, among other fields.
The PPE program is modeled after a liberal arts tradition that began in the United Kingdom in the 1920s. “The PPE program is a great way for the university to build on its strong foundation in ethics and moral reasoning, but do so in an updated way that really attracts and prepares today’s students,” said Dr. Amanda Beal, program director.
The graduate certificate in forensic accounting provides advanced training to professionals in the field, where they may investigate fraudulent financial reporting, misappropriation of assets, tax reporting fraud and indirect methods of reconstructuring income, money laundering, and cybercrime frauds. The certificate program lasts for eight weeks and counts toward an MBA program, should students wish to pursue it.
As a values based institution, Mount St. Mary’s continues to provide study opportunities in the very best that the liberal arts and the professional majors have to offer and to prepare our students for the world.