Bachelor of Science - Public Safety and Security

The Public Safety and Security (PSS) Program is designed to be an interdisciplinary, bachelor’s degree program. The program will allow students to advance through a traditional bachelor degree program, following either a Criminal Justice or Homeland Security Track. The coursework will build upon the foundation of the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security associate degree programs and allow students to continue their education in the Public Safety and Security program for degree completion.

The program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public safety and security and as a foundation for graduate school. The degree emphasizes the development of professional skills and knowledge of public safety to include grant writing, risk assessment, research methodology, policy analysis and safety and security planning. Students will learn and apply the skills associated with evidence based decision making. Either through the individuals Tracks, or as part of the programs, students will obtain hands-on experience through an Internship. The coursework will culminate in a practical application of experiences and theory through the Capstone: Seminar in Public Safety and Security course.

The Track system allows students an opportunity to gain a foundation in either Homeland Security or Criminal Justice. The Homeland Security Track prepares students for entry-level positions in emergency management, national security or homeland security agencies. The courses emphasize emergency planning, the National Incident Management System, and personal and physical security. The Criminal Justice Track prepares students for entry-level positions in law enforcement, corrections, courts and corporate security. The courses emphasize criminal investigation, criminal procedure and the development of the criminal justice system. Upon completion of either track, students will be prepared to further their education in the Public Safety and Security program.

The program integrates theoretical principles with practical application and offers a broad preparation for positions in local, state, federal and private agencies, such as public and private security, Department of Homeland Security agencies, law enforcement, probation and parole, emergency management, and homeland, corporate and national security agencies.

Prospective students should be aware that most Public Safety and Security agencies require background checks prior to participating in an internship or making an offer of employment.

Admission Requirements / Degree Completion Students

All general admissions requirements for Goodwin College must be fulfilled. Since this program also serves as a degree completion program, all previous courses taken outside of Goodwin College should be submitted for programmatic review at the time of application and before acceptance into the program to assess the students overall academic status.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in preparing and delivering professional oral presentations and researching and preparing concise written communications;
  2. Demonstrate competency in the research process as it applies to public safety and security;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a diverse workplace and multicultural society;
  4. Recognize ethical issues in public safety and security professions and apply a framework for addressing them;
  5. Identify problems and needs within public safety and security, review literature, collect data, and apply analytical skills in policy analysis and a research project;
  6. Explain and demonstrate strategic planning, policy development and policy analysis process;
  7. Demonstrate skills related to: grant writing, policy analysis, risk management and research;
  8. Identify sources of data and analyze qualitative and quantitative data;
  9. Articulate an awareness and understanding of the varied roles, relationships and responsibilities comprising professions in public safety and security;
  10. Defend the importance of evidence-based decision making in public safety and security; and
  11. Demonstrate theories and practices involving contemporary issues in public safety and security.

Additionally, graduates will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes of the General Education components.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the Public Safety and Security major core courses with a minimum grade of "C-" in each course and a cumulative GPA of 2.3. In addition, students must complete all of the general graduation requirements as stated in the catalog.

Additionally, 20 hours of documented community service must be completed prior to graduation. The requirement is intended to foster lifelong learners who develop civic responsibility. This service may be incorporated by the student as part of a particular course experience or completed during any semester. Students identify a community service project and submit same to the instructor of the course if the project is course related and/or to the PSS program director. At the close of the 20 hours of service, each student is required to submit a five-page paper describing the service experience, how it affected both themselves and the community. Community service hours and documentation must be completed in compliance with the college policy and submitted to their program director no later than two months prior to expected graduation date.

Curriculum

Bachelor in Public Safety and Security

General Education Requirements - 49 Credits

General Education Core Requirements - 40 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

HSM/CJS 106

Investigative Report Writing (WR)

3

ENG 212

Grant Writing

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

 

Science Competency (SCI)

4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

 

Social Science Competency (SS)

3

 

Cultural Competency (CU & E/P)

6

 

Global Studies Competency (G/US)

3

 

Global Studies Competency (G/W)

3

Programmatic General Education Requirements - 9 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

 

General Education Elective

3

STAT 167

Principles of Statistics

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

Public Safety Major Core - 42 Credits

Public Safety Lower Division - Completion of one of the two following tracks listed below:

Criminal Justice Track Requirements - 21 Credits

Freshman Year

CJS 101

Introduction to Criminal Justice and the Law

3

CJS 112

Criminal Procedure

3

CJS 140

Introduction to Corrections

3

CJS 150

Criminology

3

Sophomore Year

CJS 210

Criminal Law

3

CJS 243

Juvenile Justice in America

3

CJS 299

Internship OR

 

CJS 290

Research Project in Criminal Justice OR

 

CJS 250

Service Learning Project

3

Homeland Security Track Requirements - 21 Credits

Freshman Year

HSM 101

Introduction to Homeland Security

3

HSM 102

Introductions to Weapons of

 

 

Mass Destruction (WMD)

3

HSM 104

Domestic and International Terrorism

3

Sophomore Year

HSM 103

Emergency Planning: Response

 

 

Preparedness and Testing for Critical Incidents

3

HSM 220

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

3

HSM 235

Principals of Personal and Physical Security

3

HSM 290

Internship OR

 

HSM 275

Research Project

3

Public Safety and Security Core

Public Safety and Security Upper Division Core Requirements - 21 Credits

Junior Year

PSS 390

Research Methodology and Writing (RE)

3

PSS 360

Risk reduction through Environmental Design

3

PSY 350

Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology

3

Senior Year

PSS 391

Quantitative Applications in Public Safety

 

 

and Security

3

PSS 350

Multiculturalism in Public Safety and Security (MC)

3

PSS 450

Public Policy Analysis

3

PSS 490

Capstone:Seminar in Public Safety and Security (AW)

3

Directed Elective - 12 Credits

1XX

Elective

6

2XX

Elective

3

3XX

Elective

3

General Education Electives - 18 Credits

1XX

Open Electives

12

3XX

Open Electives

6

Total Credits in the Program

121