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Public Safety Administration Bachelor's Degree Program

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Public safety professionals: learn 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.

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The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration is designed for the public safety professional. This major requires a minimum of 36 credits.

PSA 305: Ethics in Public Safety Administration

Explore case issues and philosophies as they relate to personal and professional accountability in the public safety environment.

3 credits
PSA 315: Public Safety Community Delivery Systems

Study various models and applications of public safety service systems throughout the United States.

3 credits
PSA 330: Cultural Diversity in Public Safety Administration

Identify and analyze various cultures and their diverse historical, economic, and societal variations within the context of the public safety sector.

3 credits
PSA 335: Group Dynamics in Public Safety Administration

Learn how group behavior affects organizational effectiveness, decision making, conflict resolution, and get strategies for efficient group and task management.

3 credits
PSA 355: Human Resources in Public Safety Administration

Examine the policies, behaviors and motives affecting recruiting, training, & evaluation, and current legal issues in human resources as they pertain to the public safety arena.

3 credits
PSA 360: America's Homeland Security

Learn the historical development, creation, and purposes of the Department of Homeland Security and the corresponding national strategy for Homeland Security, as well as the effectiveness of such policies within a democracy.

3 credits
PSA 410: Political and Legal Systems in Public Safety Administration

Analyze the importance of successful interaction between the different levels of government and agencies within a particular government. Explore the application of the political and legal systems as they directly affect public safety programs. Develop a model for understanding governmental, legal and operational problems. The course's final project will detail the formation and implementation of a task force designed to target a problem requiring the cooperation of various government agencies.

3 credits
PSA 425: Counteracting Terrorism

Study current issues, proposed solutions, and shortcomings in public safety preparation for and in response to the threat of terrorism.

3 credits
PSA 440: Research Methodology in Public Safety Administration

Analyze problems and needs within the public safety sector. Review related literature, collect data, and measure objectives, as well as apply analytic skills to a public safety related research project.

3 credits
PSA 445: Strategic Planning in Public Safety Administration

Learn the fundamentals and application of strategic analysis and planning in public safety. Get introduced to developing strategic plans, determining long-term and short-term goals, and managing public safety programs.

3 credits
PSA 465: Global Perspectives in Emergency Management

Explore global disaster risk reduction principles and their impact on American emergency management systems and planning.

3 credits
PSA 495: Public Safety Administration Major Capstone3 credits

All courses require a background in public safety (or permission from the instructor), and have prerequisites of ENG 101 and ENG 102.

See the full requirements for our Public Safety Administration major in our Official Catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

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