Aug 13, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Public Safety Administration Major

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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.

Department Information:

Political Science Department - College of Arts & Sciences

Arnold Fleischmann, Ph.D., Department Head

601 Pray Harrold
(734) 487-3113

Department Website

Advisor Information:

Program Advisor: Dr. Joseph Ohren
Phone: 734.487.3113

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Major Requirements: 63-64 hours

Foundation Group: 12 hours

Academy or Internship/Co-op Experience: 6 hours

Preservice students must complete an internship or cooperative education placement or an accredited academy program; in-service students may substitute credits from an accredited academy program.

Minor Requirements:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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