IT Major, IT Security Specialization
Degree BS, Information Technology
Department Chair: Fred J. Croop, MBA, CMA, CPA
Program Director: Patricia Lapczynski, RSM, DPS
The Information Technology degree with a specialization in Information Technology Security prepares Information Technology managers to establish the procedures, policies, and practices that should be in place to protect information and data. Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills.
Misericordia University IT Security Specialization Mission Statement
The IT Security Specialization of the BS in IT is designed to meet an existing and ever-increasing workforce need for IT Security professionals with liberal arts-based bachelor’s level preparation. As all curricula of the Business Department the IT Security Specialization will also coincide with the Mission and address the goals of the Business Department. The student-focused curriculum that emphasizes the need for life-long learning is structured to stand alone as a four-year Bachelor of Science and to provide an opportunity for students to enter a pipeline in the junior year of high school, seamlessly continue for two years of study at the community college level, and seamlessly complete their studies at Misericordia University leading to a high school degree, an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree. The graduates of the IT Security Specialization in the BS of IT degree will possess the critical thinking skills necessary to assist businesses with protecting the latter’s critical technology infrastructures.
A unique partnership between West Side Area Vocational Technical School, Luzerne County Community College and Misericordia University and financed (in part) by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, makes it possible. The "2+2+2" approach allows you to take two years of instruction as a high school student, then smoothly enter LCCC to earn an associate's degree then choose to go on to two years at CM to earn a bachelor's degree. Educators at all three schools worked with top-level IT consultants to design the courses to include the latest information on IT security. Each level builds on the last. You do the math. The 2+2+2 IT Security Education Program adds up to career possibilities.
To encourage and support interest in the field, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency has made two scholarship opportunities available to students through the Pennsylvania New Economy Technology Scholarship Program (NETS) (click here for NETS Web site). The SciTech and the Technology Scholarship are available to qualified PA residents who are high school graduates. Awards up to $3000 to off-set educational expenses are available for students interested in careers in technology.