This program provides students with a comprehensive academic knowledge of public safety; including criminology, law enforcement, courts, fire science, corrections, and industrial security as it relates to the coordination of homeland security activities between public safety agencies at various levels of government as well as the skills and techniques used in these disciplines. This degree can also provide advancement opportunities for law enforcement personnel requiring a bachelor’s degree when applying for or advancing within the profession. (Some states, including but not limited to Minnesota, require additional federal, state, local or private certification, licensing, and/or training academy completion to be eligible for employment in a homeland security, public safety, or law enforcement position.)
Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:
- Explain the inter relationship between law enforcement, our judicial system, and correctional agencies.
- Evaluate social and ethical issues affecting public safety personnel.
- Evaluate civil liability issues faced by public safety personnel and how this applies to their decision making.
- Differentiate investigative techniques, evidence collection, and criminalistics for various criminal offenses.
- Describe public safety issues created by acts of terrorism including public preparedness and response.
- Evaluate strategies for the prevention of domestic and foreign attacks.
Potential Occupational Outcomes
Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, first line supervisor of correctional officer, first-line supervisor, police officer, and detective.
A minimum of 120.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.