Major in Public Safety Administration

Students may seek either an academic major or minor in public safety administration.

The major in public safety administration helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for leadership and administration in those occupations and organizations that provide public safety. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a global outlook, interpersonal skills, leadership abilities, an awareness of current issues, and management competencies, including strategic planning, risk management, public policy, program development and implementation, ethics, and supervision. Graduates of the program may pursue careers as public safety leaders in both the public and private sectors. Students may also supplement the comprehensive core study of public safety with a related minor in corporate security, emergency management, fire service administration, or homeland security.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in public safety administration should be able to

  • Facilitate and support leadership and vision in public safety administration to manage successful programs, including intergovernmental, interagency, and interdisciplinary outreach.
  • Utilize informed decision making, goal orientation, teamwork, ethical behavior, integration of assets and resources, enhanced technology, and communications to ensure effective leadership in public safety administration.
  • Use clear and effective communication strategies and strong interpersonal, technological, and social media skills to facilitate building collaborative partnerships in public safety administration.
  • Identify risks and design responses, plans, training, and exercises that coordinate public and private resources to effectively meet the goals of public safety.
  • Develop concise and succinct policy, plans, and procedures to support public safety administration.

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in public safety administration requires the completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the Public Safety Administration Major

Coursework for a major in public safety administration includes the following:

  • Required core courses (21 credits): PSAD 302, 304, 306, 408, 410, 414, 416
  • Required Workplace Learning course (3 credits): PSAD 486A
  • Supplemental major course in accounting/finance (3 credits): Chosen from ACCT 301 and FINC 331
  • Supplemental major course in business management (3 credits): Chosen from BMGT 305 and 317 and HRMN 302, 362, and 367
  • Required capstone course (3 credits): PSAD 495
  • Required related courses (3 credits), which may be applied anywhere in the degree: IFSM 300

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BS in public safety administration. Coursework for the major is indicated byCoursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Public Safety Administration Degree Courses

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits at UMUC)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.

  • EDCP 100 Principles and Strategies of Successful Learning (3)
    (strongly recommended as first course)
  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
    or a higher-level math course

Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)

  • ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course
  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course

Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)

  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture course
  • HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 302 Introduction to Public Safety Administration (3)
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • IFSM 300 Information Systems in Organizations (3)
    (related requirement for the major; also fulfills the computing requirement)
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 304 Contemporary Public Safety Practices (3)

Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)

  • WRTG 394 Advanced Business Writing (3)
    or other upper-level advanced writing course
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 306 Public Safety Planning (3)
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 408 Public Safety Legal Issues and Political Policy (3)
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 410 Public Safety Research and Technology (3)
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 414 Public Safety Administration Ethics (3)
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 416 Public Safety Leadership (3)
  • Coursework for the majorACCT 301 Accounting for Nonaccounting Managers
    or FINC 331 Finance for the Nonfinancial Manager (3)
  • Coursework for the majorBMGT 317 Decision Making (3)
    or other supplemental major course in business management
  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 486A Workplace Learning in Public Safety Administration (3)

Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in last 15 credits)

  • Coursework for the majorPSAD 495 Public Safety Issues and Challenges (3)

Minor and/or Elective Courses (to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses) (43)

Recommended Minors

Corporate security, fire service administration, emergency management, and homeland security

Total credits for BS in public safety administration: 120

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