Cybersecurity Minor

Cybersecurity is an emerging and fast-growing field in computer and information sciences, and it plays an essential role in modern society. There is a huge demand for cybersecurity professionals in the market due to the exponential increase of cyber intrusions and attacks on governmental agencies and commercial organizations.

A primary aim of the cybersecurity minor is to engage non-CIS students with this exciting field so as to augment their major field of study with the pragmatics of cybersecurity techniques and knowledge. It could be attractive for traditional computer science, mathematics, physics, business, or even biology majors to have a minor in cybersecurity.

A unique feature of Fordham’s cybersecurity minor is its comprehensive integration of problem-solving skills with a rigorously theoretical background in cybersecurity. It is anticipated that this minor will opportunely serve the needs of undergraduate students enrolled in different majors interested in obtaining cybersecurity positions in governmental agencies and commercial organizations.

Students majoring in information science (INSC) or information technology and systems (INTS) may not minor in cybersecurity because these majors already include most of the courses as requirements. Students majoring in computer science (COSC) may minor in cybersecurity provided that four of the courses used for the minor are not applied to the major.

For more information

Visit the Cyber Security program web page.

The cybersecurity minor requires the following six courses:

Course Title Credits
CISC 1600
CISC 1610
Computer Science I
and Computer Science I Lab
CISC 2500Information and Data Management4
CISC 3580Cybersecurity and Applications4
CISC 3600Secure Cyber Networks4
CISC 4615Data Communications and Networks4
CISC 3650Forensic Computing4
or CISC 4510 Computer Security Systems

Please contact the computer and information sciences department chair for additional information on this program.


The minor in cybersecurity is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may minor in cybersecurity only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.