Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration provides students with a strong foundation for success in practitioner settings and advanced graduate studies.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration


Public Safety Administration Requirements

CRJ250 Race, Ethnicity and Gender3Provides students with an opportunity to analyze the roles of race, ethnicity, gender and class in crime and criminal justice systems. Covers historical and theoretical frameworks for understanding the relationship between socio-demographic factors and criminal justice.
PSA101 Introduction to Public Safety Administration3This course provides an introduction to critical issues related to public safety administration and an understanding of the laws, programs, agencies and institution involved in the provision of public safety. This includes the development and administration of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs to address challenges related to environmental and natural disasters to the nature and operation of correctional institutions, schools and colleges.
PSA102 Nature and Scope of Public Safety: Private Sector Applications3This course provides students with an opportunity to analyze the roles of corporations and other non-governmental organizations (both for profit and non-profit) in public safety. These include the Red Cross, Salvation Army, charitable organizations, volunteers and private and publicly-held corporations. It covers the historical and theoretical frameworks for understanding the relationship between non-governmental organizations and public safety.
PSA105 Leadership and Ethics3Students will be able to identify, explain, discuss and apply basic leadership techniques and practices as they are conducted within the framework of personal and professional ethics. Students will be able to identify and evaluate the interrelationship and interdependency of leadership and ethics through classroom exercise and traditional examinations. The course relies heavily upon classroom discussion, interactive role- play and scenario examination to reinforce the Learning Objectives.
PSA212 Contemporary Public Safety Issues and Practices3TBD
PSA220 Preparedness Planning3TBD
PSA222 Investigations3TBD
PSA301 Plan Development and Implementation3TBD
PSA302 School Safety and Learning Environments3TBD
PSA303 Fire Safety3TBD
PSA320 Corporate Security3TBD
PSA321 Environmental Safety3TBD
PSA322 Conflict Resolution3TBD
PSA350 Internship in Public Safety3TBD
PSA401 Fiscal Development3TBD
PSA402 Legal Aspects of Public Safety3TBD
PSA430 Management & Leadership Practices3TBD
PSA440 Public Safety Administration Capstone3TBD

Public Safety Administration Elective Courses**

Public Safety Administration Elective Courses 6Select two: PSA311 Intergovernmental Relations; PSA312 Organizational Communication; PSA213 Facilities and Property Management; PSA435 Seminar in Public Policy; Approved Criminal Justice courses.

General Education Core

ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part I1Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part II1Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Freshman course.
SCI105 Life Science I 3SCI105 Life Science I This is a liberal arts, interdisciplinary life science course covering basic concepts that includes the scientific method, the organization and complexity of living organisms, cells, energy transfer, the diversity of living organisms and animal physiology. This course is suitable for all majors except health science and radiography majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College General Education Core Curriculum.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology.
PHI301 Ethics for the Professional3An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the
client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions. Junior standing required.
MAT202 Statistics3Applies statistical procedure to different areas of life. Course examines descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, regression and correlation. Sophomore standing.
CRJ350 Forensic Science3Provides students with knowledge and skills in the application of scientific principles and technological applications to further the purpose of justice in the study and resolution of criminal, civil and regulatory issues. $50 lab fee. Prerequisite: SCI105 or SCI106 for CRJ majors only.
Math Elective
(MAT101 or BUS102)
3MAT101 Survey of Math
A broad overview of significant mathematical concepts. The course provides a concentrated introduction to selected topics. Concepts that will be covered include set operations, number systems, consumer mathematics as well as basic algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.
or BUS102 Business Math
Teaches practical applications and skills which will be useful in a business career and in functioning as a concerned consumer. Subjects of study include: bank reconciliation, payroll, use of percents, simple interest, annuities, present value, future value, taxes, mark up and mark down, and financial statement analysis.
Fine Arts Elective3The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.
REL206 Faith Traditions 3oundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
History Elective3The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I HIS104 US History II
English Elective3The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration requires students to take one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.
ACT402 Unity Seminar2This seminar course asks students to look back on their time at the College and reflect on how courses and co-curricular activities informed their growth as people and students. Students will construct a portfolio demonstrating the core values of the college and present their findings to their peers.

General Electives

General Electives17Recommended: ACC101; ACC102; BUS101;CIS242; CIS410; HIS204; LAN105; LAN106; POS102; REL201; REL202; SOC101
Various Psychology and Humans Services Courses recommended.
Total 120


Students must attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all course work attempted at the College of St. Joseph as well as a 3.0 average in the major. A minimum of 33 credits must be taken at College of St. Joseph (regardless of the number of credits transferred), 18 of which must be upper level courses (3/400); 12 of these must be in the Public Safety Administration major with at least 9 credits at the upper level. Transferred lower level courses used to fulfill upper level requirements will not fulfill the upper level residency requirement.

Note: Students must also complete the necessary consent forms so that criminal and general background checks may be undertaken by the College.  Students must also consent to and complete a psychological fitness examination.