Public Safety Management

About the Major

If the process of protecting the public fascinates you, the public safety management major will give you a well-rounded understanding of public safety theory and the skills and services used to save lives. As part of your coursework, you'll study a wide range of topics—administration of emergency services, principles of public safety, the art of decision making, terrorism, financial management, GIS techniques, public policy, and much more. You’ll learn from faculty who are studying criminal justice issues relevant to the field of public safety and who have the real-world experience to match.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: strategic planning, project management, communication, and leadership.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • American criminal justice system
  • Public safety in America
  • Terrorism and public policy
  • Emergency services management
  • Foundation of homeland security
  • Mapping and analysis for public safety


Possible Careers

  • Public safety director
  • Fire service manager*
  • Homeland security planner or director
  • Emergency management coordinator
  • First responder*

*These careers require further education or training.

Where could I work?

  • Indianapolis EMS
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Homeland Security (state or federal)
  • Public health agencies
  • Research agencies

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business, economics, labor studies, organizational leadership, public and environmental affairs, sport management, and tourism conventions, and event management.

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