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Public Safety

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The Public Safety (BA/BS) degree program from the University of West Alabama (UWA) is a unique and flexible educational pathway that caters to individuals with experience in various Public Safety Professions, such as Law Enforcement, Fire Service and EMS. It is designed to build upon the student’s existing expertise by awarding technical credit for their certifications in these areas. This distinctive approach enables students to blend their real-world experience with academic coursework, empowering them to advance in their chosen careers. By offering technical credit for certifications, the program provides greater opportunities for career growth, qualification for State or Federal employment and an enhanced skill set to meet the dynamic demands of the public safety sector. 

One of the program’s key strengths lies in its multidisciplinary approach. The Public Safety Comprehensive degree allows students to create a customized and comprehensive academic experience in fields related to public service. Furthermore, the program recognizes the value of professional certifications earned by students during their careers and offers transfer credits toward the degree. Students have the opportunity to tailor their studies further by selecting courses from three areas of concentration, ensuring a well-rounded education in their specific areas of interest. The program offers flexibility by allowing students to take courses on campus or online, catering to the busy and demanding schedules of public safety professionals. Additionally, students can explore secondary areas of emphasis, with options including Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Homeland Security, Management and Computer Science, offering diverse avenues for specialization and expanding their expertise in public safety. 

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Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus, Online

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

120 hours

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Sample Courses

CJ221 Law Enforcement 

3 Credits

An examination of the function of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and the actual function of the officers of such agencies. 

HS200 Homeland Security  

3 Credits

This course will examine homeland security from the historical, economic, financial, social, natural disaster, military, national policy and governmental perspectives. Strategic and tactical issues of national interests are examined from the perspective of the U.S. as a global power. 

PS310 State and Local Government  

3 Credits

Structure and functions of state and local governments in the United States, with special emphasis on Alabama. Prerequisite: PS110. 

Career Outlook

The Public Safety degree program offers graduates the opportunity to pursue advanced and rewarding careers in a competitive job market. Many prestigious positions in public safety, especially those in State or Federal employment, require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree for consideration. Upon completion, the program provides graduates with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills, positioning them to make significant contributions to the field while achieving personal advancement in their careers.  

With the comprehensive education and practical experience gained through this program, graduates are well-prepared to take on leadership roles and pursue opportunities for career growth beyond entry-level positions. The degree opens doors to a wide range of public safety positions, ensuring that graduates can positively impact their communities and serve society with the highest level of professionalism and expertise. 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships provide invaluable opportunities for students to pursue higher education and achieve their academic goals. Financial aid encompasses various forms of assistance, including grants and fellowships, loans, work-study programs and scholarships. Financial aid and scholarships alleviate the financial burden of tuition fees, textbooks and living expenses, making higher education more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds. By supporting students’ financial needs, universities foster a culture of inclusivity, equal opportunity and lifelong learning.

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