Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Curriculum

Student works in the Cyber Lab

Methodist University is a CompTIA Authorized AcademyMethodist University’s Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity interdisciplinary curriculum takes a bottom up approach to information security to give the student an understanding of all components that possibly could be compromised if attacked. The program is comprised of introductory courses in cybercrime and networking, digital forensics, data recovery and cybersecurity. These courses address computer crime investigations, collecting digital evidence, detecting and mitigating threats, vulnerability assessment/scanning, network penetration testing and IT auditing and compliance. The program also focuses on the techniques, policies, and operational procedures that are needed by organizations to assist with securing a company’s infrastructure.

Approved courses from other institutions may be accepted in transfer for your remaining requirements.  As of March 2015, Methodist University and Fayetteville Technical Community College have a Memorandum of Agreement that states that Methodist University will accept up to 18 semester credit hours from FTCC into the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program.  To view which courses will transfer, click here.


Degrees Awarded

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Major Requirements

The Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity major consists of 51 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Justice Studies Core:

  • JUS 2410 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3090 Criminology (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3890 Criminal Evidence and Procedure (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3900 Victimology (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4500 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 s.h.)

Required Major Courses:

  • JUS 2430 Introduction to Cybercrime (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2450 Cybercrime Law and Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2470 Operating Systems and Programming Concepts (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2500 Digital Crime Investigation (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2510 Networking Concepts (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2550 Hardening the Enterprise Network (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2650 Cyber Threats and Counter Intelligence (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3400 Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Scanning (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3600 Basic Data Recovery (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4050 Incident Response and Network Forensics 3.s.h.
  • JUS 4450 Social Media and Cloud Security (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 4650 Mobile Device Forensics (3 s.h.)
Incoming students transferring from Fayetteville Technical Community College are allowed to transfer up to 18 semester hours per the articulation agreement.
The Program Director of the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Program, with the approval of the Department Chair, may allow a non-Justice Studies Major to take a Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity class without taking the necessary Justice Studies prerequisites. Such students will be limited to nine hours of Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity classes.
All students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher in core and major courses taken in the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity major.

Minor Requirements

The Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity minor consists of 21 s.h. distributed as follows:

  • JUS 2430 Introduction to Cybercrime (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2450 Cybercrime Law and Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2500 Digital Crime Investigation (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2510 Networking Concepts (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 2550 Hardening the Enterprise Network (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3400 Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Scanning (3 s.h.)
  • JUS 3600 Basic Data Recovery (3 s.h.)