Prepare for a career in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services, and homeland security.
Integrated Studies, Public Safety Concentration, B.S.
The interdisciplinary Public Safety concentration will provide an adult degree completion program to public safety professionals and will provide them with the opportunity to develop important knowledge and skills in crisis response, diversity, communication, and leadership.
MTSU standard admission requirements apply. The program is an interdisciplinary program utilizing courses from five academic departments within the concentration.
As part of the student learning outcomes of the program, the student will be able to identify and evaluate insights from multiple disciplines by applying the interdisciplinary research process and synthesizing connections between experiences outside the classroom and academic study. Finally, successful students will develop information literacy and accurately locate, evaluate, and synthesize information sources.
Elective course requirements for adult learners are often fulfilled through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, which evaluates college-level learning you may have gained through work, training, certifications, licensure, military, and other programs. Details about the program should be discussed with your advisor.
On average, a student in the PLA course yields 24 credit hours for a student. That saves the student from taking eight elective courses and more than $9,000. (Total based off 2021-2022 in-state tuition rates.) Details about the program should be discussed with your advisor.
A college degree in public safety can lead you into a variety of fields. From disaster relief to working for local fire or police departments, these careers are important and rewarding. Potential careers include:
- Homeland Security Planner Emergency Management
- Law Enforcement
- Child protective services investigator
- Correctional Officer
- Disaster Preparedness
- Emergency Services Manager
- Fire Service Manager
- Chief Security Officer
- Emergency Medical Technician Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Social and Community Service Manager Dispatcher
- Social services worker
- Crisis manager
- Community Service Officer
Prior Learning Assessment
Finish Your Degree Faster by Getting Credit For What You Already Know
- Students may earn up to 60 hours—which equals two years of college credit—for what they already know
- Credit hours earned depend upon the individual student’s background and experience
There are numerous ways to earn college credit outside the traditional classrooms, and we will work with you to take advantage of all the methods that are right for you. Many adult students spend years in the workforce or military developing valuable skills, earning certifications, taking continuing education programs, and obtaining licenses for specific functions. At MTSU we have developed a means to turn this prior knowledge into college credit to complete a degree. View our PLA brochure here for more information.
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