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Bachelor of Public Safety Administration (BPSA)

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration is an undergraduate degree program for South Florida professionals and pre-professionals interested in police, fire, and disaster response practice and administration. The program has 18 credit hours in the core, with 60 total credit hours for the major. The overall purpose is to provide: (1) a professional/ pre-professional degree program for students entering the fields of law enforcement, fire safety, homeland security, and disaster response; (2) interested students a foundation for continuing in a professionally focused graduate program; and (3) an “umbrella degree” that allows students to combine key areas from several disciplines to graduate with a pre-professional degree. Graduating students from the program will have improved opportunities in the police, fire, homeland security (airports, seaports, etc.), and disaster management fields throughout South Florida and the United States.

Admission Requirements

For admission to this program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the University as described in the " Admissions" section of the catalog.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration requires 60 credit hours, including 18 credits in core requirements, 12 credits in one of three specializations, and 30 credits in electives as follows:

  1. Required core courses: Students must complete 18 credits (or 6 courses) with a C or better from the list below:
    1. Public Management and Administration (PAD 3003) 3 credits
    2. Organizational Behavior and Administrative Communication (PAD 3104) 3 credits
    3. Criminal Justice Systems (CCJ 3024) 3 credits or Human Behavior and Social Environment I (SOW 4101) 3 credits
    4. Ethics and the Justice System (CCJ 4054) 3 credits or Administrative Process and Ethics (PAD 4604) 3 credits
    5. Managing for Excellence in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (PAD 4332) 3 credits
    6. Minority Issues in Social Work (SOW 4620) 3 credits
  2. Specializations: Students select one of the three specializations from the list below:
    1. Law Enforcement/Corrections Specialization: Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:
      1. Corrections (CJC 4310) 3 credits
      2. Crime in the Schools (CCJ 3660) 3 credits
      3. Organized Crime and the Business of Drugs (CCJ 4642) 3 credits
      4. White Collar Crime (CCJ 4644) 3 credits
      5. Policing in America (CJE 4352) 3 credits
      6. Crime Analysis (CJE 4663) 3 credits
      7. Criminal Justice Management (CCJ 4450) 3 credits
      8. Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation (CJE 4610 3) credits
      9. Juvenile Justice Administration (CJJ 4010) 3 credits
      10. Field Experience (Internship) (CCJ 4940) 3 credits
      11. Terrorism (DSC 4012) 3 credits
      12. Crime Prevention (CJE 4444) 3 credits
      13. Studying Violence (CCJ 4623) 3 credits
    2. Disaster Management Specialization: Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:
      1. Sustainable Cities (URP 4403) 3 credits
      2. Designing Safer Communities with CPTED (ARC 4384) 3 credits
      3. Multiagency Incident Command (FES 3803) 3 credits
      4. Introduction to Visual Planning Technology (URP 4254) 3 credits
      5. Government Internship (PAD 4941) 3 credits
    3. Fire Safety: Students select 12 credit hours (or 4 courses) with a C or better from list below:
      1. Advanced Fire Administration (FES 3015) 3 credits (Required)
      2. Fire and Emergency Services Public Policy (FES 3003) 3 credits
      3. Personnel and Labor Relations in Fire Administrator (FES 3045) 3 credits
      4. Analytical Approaches in Fire Administration (FES 3780) 3 credits
      5. Multiagency Incident Command (FES 3803) 3 credits
      6. Government Internship (PAD 4941) 3 credits
  3. Free Electives: The remaining 30 required credits (or 10 courses) are free electives available for students to customize their educational experience. Students are strongly encouraged to select electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Of the 30 elective credits, at least 15 credits must be upper division courses (3000 or higher). The choice of free electives is a personal decision. However, the College for Design and Social Inquiry encourages consultation with the student’s academic advisor to ensure the process runs smoothly. Credits from this area may be used to satisfy deficiencies in general education requirements within limits imposed by College or University policies.

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For More Information

About the BPSA, including program admission, scheduling, and other general questions, contact:

Professor Richard J. Mangan, Program Coordinator

About general college admission requirements and program advisement, including a program to bridge from an AS to the BPM, contact Advising Center, College for Design and Social inquiry

Fabio L. Rojas ( frojas4@fau.edu) For appointments- 561-297-2316.

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