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Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Public Safety Administration Major

The Bachelor of Science major in Public Safety Administration is designed for the public safety professional. It equips the public safety professional with the skills necessary to work with people, manage change in an organization, create innovation in organizations and utilize communication skills to solve social and organizational problems.

This program is exclusively for personnel with a public safety or public safety related background.  Including (but not limited to) fields such as law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medicine, judicial marshals, corrections, transportation security administration and border patrol.

Students without a public safety background, but possessing an equivalent associate degree (such as criminal justice, fire science, etc.) may also participate in the Public Safety Administration major.

All major requirements must be completed with a grade of 'C' or higher.This major requires a minimum of 36 credits.

Major Requirements

PSA 305: Ethics in Public Safety Administration      3cr     
PSA 315: Public Safety Community Delivery Systems3cr
PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in Public Safety Administration3cr
PSA 335: group Dynamics in Public Safety Administration3cr
PSA 355: Human Resources in Public Safety Administration3cr
PSA 360: America's Homeland Security3cr
PSA 410: Political & Legal Systems in Public Safety Administration3cr
PSA 425: Counteracting Terrorism3cr
PSA 440: Research Methodology in Public Safety Administration3cr
PSA 445: Strategic Planning in Public Safety Administration3cr
PSA 465: Global Perspectives in Emergency Management3cr
PSA 495: Public Safety Administration Major Capstone3cr

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a major in Public Safety Administration will be able to:

  1. discuss current issues, propose solutions, and describe shortcomings in public safety preparation for and response to the threat of terrorism;
  2. identify and analyze various cultures and their diverse historical, economic and societal variations within the context of public safety;
  3. apply motivational theory and leadership theory to individual and groups functioning in public safety organizations;
  4. apply personal and professional ethical accountability in the public safety environment;
  5. analyze and apply the political and legal systems model for understanding governmental, legal, and operational problems;
  6. discuss the various models and application of public safety service delivery systems throughout the United States;
  7. examine how group behavior affects organizational effectiveness, decision-making, conflict resolution, and strategies for efficient group and task management;
  8. analyze problems and needs within the public safety sector, review literature, collect data, measure objectives, and apply analytical skills in a research project;
  9. explain the fundamentals and application of strategic analysis and planning in public safety;
  10. use effective verbal and  non-verbal skills and interpret how they affect personal and professional relationships; and
  11. explain the values and perceptions of groups affecting recruiting, training, and evaluation, and identify the current legal issues in human resources as they pertain to the public safety arena.

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