Two former slaves, Thomas Tarrant and William Savery, started a primary school in 1865 for former slaves' children. By 1869, the school had grown into Talladega College, Alabama's first private HBCU.
Bachelor of Arts in Cybersecurity
Talladega partners with Cisco, CompTIA, and the EC-Council to provide three undergraduate computer science programs. The cybersecurity option can prepare students for security analysis, penetration testing, network engineering, and vulnerability assessment roles.
Learners can complete a nine-credit cyberoperations concentration covering Python programming and Java security APIs — two tools commonly used by cybersecurity professionals. Students who do not choose this concentration can opt for courses on cybersecurity ethics, computer architecture, and risk management.
The rest of the curriculum explores diverse computer science and cybersecurity topics, like network security, digital forensics, and cloud computing. Each enrollee also completes research projects and an internship.
Applying to Talladega
Each applicant completes an online form, pays a $25 fee, and submits high school transcripts demonstrating a minimum 2.0 GPA. A student must also provide ACT or SAT scores with a 16 or 820 minimum, respectively. Talladega also requests medical record forms and a recommendation letter.
Program at a Glance
- School Type: Private
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Tuition: $505/credit
- Required Credits: 120
- Program Length: 4 years
- Delivery Format: Hybrid; on campus