May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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May 2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety

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Program Description

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.)

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  1. Articulate social and ethical issues impacting public safety personnel.
  2. Evaluate civil liability issues faced by public safety personnel and how this applies to their decision making.
  3. Identify techniques designed to detect and prevent foreign and domestic attacks.
  4. Evaluate public safety issues and emergency responses to acts of terrorism, including public response preparedness.
  5. Evaluate investigative techniques, evidence collection and criminalistics for various criminal offenses.

Potential Occupational Titles

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, first-line supervisor of protective service workers and various homeland security positions within local, state, and federal government agencies.

Program Content

A minimum of 120.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Courses in Homeland Security and Public Safety

All courses, 68.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Elective Courses

A minimum of 10.00 semester credit hours of open electives is required. Qualified students will have the opportunity to elect to take masters-level courses as a part of the Dual-Credit Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Required Capstone or Internship

4.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

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