Public Safety and Security, Bachelor of Science

The Public Safety and Security Program is designed to be an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program. The coursework builds on the foundation of the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security associate degree programs and allows students to continue their education in the Public Safety and Security program for degree completion. The program integrates theoretical principles with practical application and offers a broad preparation for positions in local, state, federal and private agencies, such as public and private security, Department of Homeland Security agencies, law enforcement, probation and parole, emergency management, and homeland, corporate and national security agencies.

Students concentrate in either Criminal Justice or Homeland Security. The concentration in Homeland Security prepares students for entry-level positions in emergency management, national security, or homeland security agencies. The coursework emphasizes emergency planning, the National Incident Management System, and personal and physical security. The concentration in Criminal Justice prepares students for entry-level positions in law enforcement, corrections, courts, and corporate security. The coursework emphasizes criminal investigation, criminal procedure, and the development of the criminal justice system.

Graduates of the program are prepared for leadership roles in public safety and security and build a foundation for graduate school. The coursework emphasizes the development of professional skills and knowledge of public safety such as grant writing, risk assessment, research methodology, policy analysis, and safety and security planning. Students learn and apply the skills associated with evidence-based decision making and obtain hands-on experience through an Internship. The program culminates in a practical application knowledge and skills through completion of the Capstone: Seminar in Public Safety and Security.

Prospective students should be aware that most Public Safety and Security agencies require background checks prior to participating in an internship or making an offer of employment.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in preparing and delivering professional oral presentations and researching and preparing concise written communications;
  2. Demonstrate competency in the research process as it applies to public safety and security;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a diverse workplace and multicultural society;
  4. Recognize ethical issues in public safety and security professions and apply a framework for addressing them;
  5. Identify problems and needs within public safety and security, review literature, collect data, and apply analytical skills in policy analysis and a research project;
  6. Explain and demonstrate strategic planning, policy development and policy analysis process;
  7. Demonstrate skills related to: grant writing, policy analysis, risk management and research;
  8. Identify sources of data and analyze qualitative and quantitative data;
  9. Articulate an awareness and understanding of the varied roles, relationships and responsibilities comprising professions in public safety and security;
  10. Defend the importance of evidence-based decision making in public safety and security; and
  11. Demonstrate theories and practices involving contemporary issues in public safety and security.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Bachelor graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the Public Safety and Security major core courses with a minimum grade of "C-" in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.3. 

Curriculum

Bachelor in Public Safety and Security

General Education Requirements - 40 Credits

General Education Core Requirements - 28 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 212/BUS 212Grant Writing

3

CAP 1XXComputer Literacy (CAP)*

3

COM 1XXCommunications Elective

3

OR

COM 101Public Speaking

3

MATH 135Contemporary Mathematics

3

SCI 1XXScience Elective

4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

PHIL 103Ethical & Legal Issues

3

OR

PHIL 105Ethics, Values, and Cultural Competence in Human Services

3

OR

HSM 105Contemporary Ethical Perspectives

3

General Education Elective**

3

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

**Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.


Programmatic General Education Requirements - 12 Credits

STAT 167Principles of Statistics

3

PSY 2XXElective

3

PSY 3XXElective

3

ENG 3XXEnglish Elective

3

Public Safety Major Core - 42 Credits

Public Safety Lower Division - Completion of one of the two following concentrations:

Criminal Justice Concentration Requirements - 24 Credits

Freshman Year
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Law

3

CJS 112Criminal Procedures

3

CJS 140Introduction to Corrections

3

CJS 150Criminology

3

Sophomore Year
CJS 106/HSM 106Investigative Report Writing

3

CJS 210Criminal Law

3

CJS 243Juvenile Justice in America

3

CJS 299Internship

3

Homeland Security Concentration Requirements - 24 Credits

Freshman Year
HSM 101Introduction to Homeland Security

3

HSM 102Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

3

HSM 104Domestic and International Terrorism

3

Sophomore Year
HSM 103Emergency Planning: Response, Preparedness and Testing for Critical Incidents

3

HSM 106/CJS 106Investigative Report Writing

3

HSM 220National Incident Management System (NIMS)

3

HSM 235/CJS 235Principles of Personal and Physical Security

3

HSM 290Internship

3

Public Safety and Security Core

Public Safety and Security Upper Division Core Requirements - 18 Credits

Junior Year
PSS 390/PSY 420Research Methods

3

PSS 360Risk Reduction through Environmental Design

3

PSY 350Cross-Cultural Psychology

3

Senior Year
PSS 350Multiculturalism in Public Safety and Security

3

PSS 450Public Policy Analysis

3

PSS 490Capstone: Seminar in Public Safety and Security

3

Directed Elective - 15 Credits

1XXElectives

6

2XXElective

3

3XXElective

3

3XXElective

3

General Education Electives - 24 Credits

1XX Open Electives

12

3XXOpen Electives

6

3XXOpen Electives

6

Total Credit Hours: 121