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Total program credits needed for graduation: 180

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5839, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

General Education Requirements

As a Capella Bachelor’s student, you need 45 Quarter Credits to satisfy your general education requirements. You’ll need to choose a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the categories below. You’ll also select an additional 21 quarter credits of your choosing from any of the categories.

+ Communication

 

ENG1000
English Composition (6 quarter credits)
ENG2000
Research Writing (6 quarter credits)
ENG3300
Business and Technical Writing (6 quarter credits)
COM1000
Public Speaking (3 quarter credits)†
COM2000
Intercultural Communication (6 quarter credits)†
COM2050
Visual Design in Communications (3 quarter credits)
COM3200
Leadership, Gender, and Communication (6 quarter credits)
COM3700
Conflict Resolution (6 quarter credits)
COM4100
Media and Culture (3 quarter credits)

 

+ Humanities

ART2000
Art History Survey (6 quarter credits)
HUM1000
Introduction to the Humanities (6 quarter credits)
HUM1055
Approaches to Studying Religions (3 quarter credits)
HUM3300
Global Multiculturalism and World Religions (6 quarter credits)
LIT2001
Introduction to Literature: Short Stories (3 quarter credits)
LIT2100
Women's Literature (3 quarter credits)
PHI1000
Introduction to Philosophy (6 quarter credits)
PHI2000 1
Ethics (6 quarter credits)
PHI2050
Human Nature and Ethics (3 quarter credits)
PHI2100
Introduction to Logic (6 quarter credits)
PHI3200
Ethics in Health Care (6 quarter credits)

+ Natural Science and Mathematics

BIO1000 1
Human Biology (6 quarter credits)
BIO1050
Biology and Society (3 quarter credits)
BIO2000
Environmental Health (6 quarter credits)
CHM1000
Chemistry for Changing Times (6 quarter credits)
CHM1050
Chemistry and the Environment (3 quarter credits)
PHY1000
Introduction to Astronomy (6 quarter credits)
MAT1050
College Algebra (6 quarter credits)
MAT1051
Pre-Calculus (6 quarter credits)
MAT2001 3
Statistical Reasoning (6 quarter credits)
MAT2050 4
Statistical Literacy (3 quarter credits)
MAT2051 5*
Discrete Mathematics (6 quarter credits)

+ Social Science

 

ECO1050
Microeconomics (6 quarter credits)
ECO1051
Macroeconomics (6 quarter credits)
HIS1000
Immigrants in the American City (3 quarter credits
HIS3200
History of Health Care in America (3 quarter credits)
HIS4100
Critical Aspects of American History (3 quarter credits)
PSYC1000 1
Introduction to Psychology (6 quarter credits)
POL1000
The Politics of American Government (6 quarter credits)
POL2000
Globalization (6 quarter credits)
SOC1000
Introduction to Human Society (6 quarter credits)
SOC2000
Cultural Diversity (6 quarter credits)
SOC3400
Social Deviance (6 quarter credits)

 

 

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General Education Requirements

45 quarter credits with a minimum of 6 quarter credits from each of the following categories:

  • Communication
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science and Mathematics
  • Social Science

Required course:

  • MAT2050 Statistical Literacy (3 quarter credits)

Core Courses

48.5 course quarter credits.

PS3004
Communication Strategies for the Public Safety Professional (6 quarter credits)
PS2100
Introduction to Corrections (4 quarter credits)
PS2200
Criminal Investigation (3 quarter credits)
PS2300
Introduction to Juvenile Justice (4 quarter credits)
PS2400
Introduction to Criminal Law (3 quarter credits)
PS3100
Introduction to Criminal Justice (4.5 quarter credits)
PS3200
Introduction to Emergency Management (4.5 quarter credits)
PS3400
Introduction to Homeland Security (4.5 quarter credits)
PS3700
Justice, Crime, and Ethics (4.5 quarter credits)
PS3900
History of Violence in the U.S. Society (4.5 quarter credits)
PS3955
Introduction to Public Safety Research* (3 quarter credits)
PS3960
Introduction to Public Safety Statistics* (3 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

44 course quarter credits.

PS4210
Principles of Emergency Management* (4 quarter credits)
PS4220
Emergency Planning (4 quarter credits)
PS4225
Emergency Management and Homeland Security (4 quarter credits)
PS4230
Leadership in Emergency Management (4 quarter credits)
PS4240
Technology in Emergency Management (4 quarter credits)
PS4250
Decision Management in Critical Incidents (4 quarter credits)
PS4260
Hazard Identification and Vulnerability (4 quarter credits)
PS4265
Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness* (4 quarter credits)
PS4270
Disaster Response Operations and Management (4 quarter credits)
PS4280
Disaster Recovery* (4 quarter credits)
PS4290
Social Dimensions of Disaster (4 quarter credits)

Elective Courses

Choose 36.5 quarter credits of additional undergraduate courses.

Capstone Course

Taken during learner's final quarter.

PS4990
Public Safety Capstone Project (6 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Arkansas residents must complete Arkansas general education requirements.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 135 credits into this specialization.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Project Management

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5839, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.