The five-course Certificate in Cybersecurity and Human Behavior, offered by the Department of Criminal Justice, focuses on the human and social elements of cyberattacks and cybersecurity. In addition to obtaining a broad understanding of cybercrime and cyber-investigations, students will learn how technology has impacted various other crimes, such as organized crime, terrorism, hate crimes and white-collar crime. Through the core and elective courses, students will be introduced to criminological concepts, such as theories of criminal behavior, organizational structures and group dynamics, decision-making and adaptation, and to law enforcement and legal responses to cyberattacks.

The certificate will emphasize experiential learning and the development of critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills, which will prepare students to be strong contributors to the cybersecurity discourse and community. Completing the certificate enhances student's candidacy for positions in cybersecurity by demonstrating understanding of the relevance of the human factor in cyberattacks and cybersecurity.

This program is open to any matriculated undergraduate students. Students majoring in Criminal Justice who pursue the Cybersecurity and Human Behavior certificate are permitted to count up to two Criminal Justice courses towards both programs. Students minoring in Criminal Justice who pursue the Cybersecurity and Human Behavior certificate are permitted to count one Criminal Justice course towards both programs.

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Campus Location: Main

Program Code: LA-CYHB-CERT

Contact Information


Aunshul Rege, Cybersecurity Certificate Director
528 Gladfelter Hall

Kimberly Campanese, Criminal Justice Advisor
522 Gladfelter Hall

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in Cybersecurity and Human Behavior.


Required Courses
CJ 3007Cybercrime3
CJ 3506Cyber-Investigations, Digital Forensics, and the Law3
Select three of the following:9
White Collar Crime
Organized Crime
Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Global Security
Hate Crimes
Total Credit Hours15