About OU's Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Program
Are you interested in a public safety degree or pursuing a law enforcement degree? Perhaps you have been dreaming about moving into a career in leadership and management? The courses in our accelerated, online public safety program help you enhance your leadership skills and increase your knowledge of policing procedures and court systems.
This major promotes the canopy topic of public safety and focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain social order, protect individual rights, meet public needs, and uphold the laws and institutions of democracy. You will also learn how to combat and respond to terrorism, forensics and victim services.
Education and Qualifications
Full knowledge and understanding of the cultural paramilitary structure of the public safety profession is essential for functioning within this structural system or guiding others towards a long and satisfying career path. Management positions in law enforcement and public safety organizations typically require a bachelor’s degree. Graduates of our accelerated, online public safety program often continue their education with a Master of Arts in Leadership.
Courses and Curriculum
This accelerated, online program was specifically designed in partnership with public safety administration professionals and law enforcement professionals. Our public safety degree is perfect for those who are interested in pursuing a career in public safety administration or law enforcement. Ottawa University's online bachelor of science in public safety degree stimulates the aptitudes necessary to become a new member or a continuing professional within the public safety fields of emergency management, fire protection, emergency medical response, public safety, or environmental health and safety. Our students may choose from two concentrations-law enforcement and public safety leadership.
Law Enforcement Concentration Courses:
- Examination of Criminal Justice
- Mental Illness Responses and Strategies
- Policing in Today's Communities
Public Safety Leadership Concentration Courses:
- Public Safety Administration
- Leadership Issues and the Firstline Supervisor
- Human Resources for Public Safety
For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a Public Safety program overview.
Careers in Public Safety
You may be closer to that promotion for your career in public safety than you think! Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take on a law enforcement leadership or management role within your organization. Also, we make it easy for you to apply your coursework taken at a police academy toward your degree. A keen understanding of law, justice, governance, and working within an ever-changing society enables our students to work in a variety of community, legislative, judicial, political, and social economic systems. Positions you may wish to pursue include:
- Metropolitan or state police officer
- Sheriff's officer
- Private security officer
- Forensic Science Technician
- Secret Service
Perspective on the Public Safety Degree
Every day, citizens need the aid and protection from public safety administrators. Whether dealing with natural disasters or those of a man-made kind, public safety professionals are called upon to foster local, regional, and national collaboration through their knowledge of emergency management systems.
Why Choose Ottawa?
The courses in Ottawa University's Public Safety degree program are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.
If you’re interested in earning a degree in public safety, contact us today!
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