The public safety administration program is an interdisciplinary program involving course work in three departments from two colleges within the University. The curriculum is intended to meet the professional development needs of in-service and entry-level personnel in public safety organizations including those involved in law enforcement, public safety, fire protection, private security, disaster and emergency management and corrections, with a competency-based curriculum resting on a strong liberal arts foundation.
The public safety manager’s focus is on leadership, public policy, politics and administration. The public safety manager is concerned with issues such as the causes of crime, the nature and impact of criminal behavior, threats to public safety arising from environmental and natural disasters and the nature and operation of correctional institutions. The administrator’s responsibilities extend to addressing how the public safety organization develops a response to these problems, the nature of the response and how resources — budgets and personnel — are obtained, utilized and evaluated in responding to problems.
This program builds on the public administration major. Courses are drawn from five groups:
An interdisciplinary, skills-focused, foundation group
An administration group directed toward developing an understanding of public and of nonprofit organizations and related personnel, budgeting and administrative skills
A public safety administration group that addresses conditions, strategies and practices found particularly in public safety agencies
An area concentration
An academy or internship component
The program combines both major and minor requirements, and graduating students will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in public administration.
Transfer students from associate degree programs in related fields may matriculate into the program. Students transferring from another college must, however, complete all general education course work as required by the University for the bachelor’s degree.
An active articulation agreement exists between this program and several community colleges. To see a complete list of current colleges with program articulation agreements with EMU, please click here.