Students interested in pursuing entry-level positions in the fields of law enforcement, intelligence analysis, and fire science will find the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Public Safety (BSHSPS) a suitable and critical credential to their career goals. The program is offered by Herzing University in the online format. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Career opportunities are found in all levels of the public sector including federal, state, and local, as well as the private sector. Some possible job positions include industrial security officer, public safety officer, police officer, secret service agencies, special agent, emergency management agency official, homeland security special agent, and many more. Positions in homeland security and public safety positions are typically determined by rank. Advancement through ranks considers not only experience and a minimum test score but also the degree level attained.
To be eligible for graduation, students need to complete a minimum of one hundred twenty-five (125) semester credit hours. The program is expected to be finished within thirty-six (36) months or nine (9) semesters with full course load. Required courses in Homeland Security and Public Safety include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Law and Judicial Process, Report Writing and Communications, Introduction to Corrections, Law Enforcement Security, Ethics in Law Enforcement, Evidence Forensics, Juvenile Justice, Introduction to Fire Services, Domestic and International Terrorism, and Critical Incident Stress Management. Other required courses include at least forty-one (41) semester credits of Open Electives Courses, four (4) credit hours of Capstone Project, at least thirty-seven (37) semester credits of General Education Courses, and two (2) semester credits of Personal Development Courses.