Program Requirements

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Develop and defend positions on current issues in homeland security and emergency management.
  • Dramatize effective interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
  • Design policies and procedures geared toward responding to national security threats.
  • Apply critical decision making skills to determine how to inform and manage public responses to critical incidents.
  • Distinguish how various components of the public safety system interact.

Program plan

Foundations in Major (36 hours)
ORGL 210 Foundations of Leadership
CRJS 305 Contemporary Policing
COMM 350 Organizational Communication
PSFT 365 Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management
PSFT 370 Terrorism
PSFT 375 The Effects of Disaster on Society
CRJS 380 Forensic Behavior
ORGL 380 Applied Research Methods
PSFT 380 Intelligence Gathering and Dissemination
PSFT 435 Ethics and Public Safety
PSFT 470 Field Experience
PSFT 498 Senior Seminar

Electives in Major (6 hours)
Students will choose two electives from a selection of criminal justice, digital forensics, organizational leadership, and public safety course options.

Total major requirements: 42 hours
General education: 39 hours
Electives: 39 hours
Total degree requirements: 120 hours

Students with two or more years of professional experience in their field of study may have the opportunity to apply to complete competency tests. Upon completion of the tests, students may be eligible to earn up to one semester of credits.