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The BS/BA in Public Safety is designed to be a unique blend of experience and academic work. By awarding technical credit for certification in an area within the Public Safety Professions (Law Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS), the student is able to build upon his or her experience to progress in his or her chosen career. This allows the student greater opportunities for career advancement or to meet qualification for State or Federal employment opportunities. All courses in this degree may be taken on campus or online to fit the busy and demanding schedule of the Public Safety professional.

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In addition to the transfer credit awarded for the Public Safety Certifications (POST, Firefighter-1; Paramedic), the student will complete 12-hours from two of the following areas of secondary emphasis:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Political Science
  • Homeland Security
  • Management
  • Computer Science

Extra-curricular activities

  • Campus-based students can enjoy the same rich campus life activities as other UWA students, including social organization involvement
  • Online students benefit from the schedule flexibility often vital for the Public Safety professional

Career Preparation

Many advanced careers in Public Safety require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree for consideration. This would include any State or Federal employment opportunities. In most cases, advancement beyond an entry level position requires degree completion. The BS/BA in Public Safety from UWA will help the graduate prepare to make a positive contribution to the public safety professions while achieving personal advancement in his or her career.


Barbara Russo at 205-652-5466

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