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Public Safety Leadership

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Leadership is designed to prepare students for employment in professional careers or graduate school. The degree is tailored to adult learners who may or may not be working in the field of public safety and provides students the opportunity for service-based learning. The program will provide students a strong foundation of knowledge regarding the various public safety entities including: law enforcement, corrections, the courts, fire science, homeland security and emergency response. The Public Safety department is made up of faculty who specialize in public safety, homeland security, fire science, corrections, sociology, public administration, psychology, law, and social science.Our program offers personal attention to every student through small class sizes and individualized advisement. The mission of the public safety program at Mercer University is to give the student an appreciation of critical thinking, ethics in public safety, professionalism,and lifelong learning. Students are also provided a basic understanding of the philosophical, theoretical, and structural aspects of the public safety field. The coursework assists students in the development of critical thinking and leadership skills as well as to communicate effectively and efficiently in various high-risk situations. In addition, students are offered field experience in which they can explore the various entities of public safety.

The Public Safety Leadership Major

The Public Safety Leadership major consists of 18 hours of foundation courses taken by all majors, and one of three 24 hour concentrations (criminal justice, homeland security, or emergency services) for a total of 42 credit hours. The Foundations block (18 credit hours) consists of those courses that all Public Safety Professionals need in order to function successfully. The Foundations block includes a 3 credit hour internship, to be completed in the senior year.

  • The Criminal Justice Track (24 credit hours) is designed for those who wish to pursue or advance a career in Law Enforcement, Corrections or the Court System.
  • The Homeland Security Track (24 credit hours) is designed for those pursuing or seeking to advance a career in Emergency Management, Homeland Security or a related field.
  • The Emergency Services Track (24 credit hours) is designed for those who currently work in Fire Science and/or Emergency Medical Services and want to gain knowledge in advanced leadership or training and development.

Although a student may pursue one course of study, any may be used for a broad range of career goals.