Public Safety Management

About the public safety management 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 real-world experience to match.

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

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

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

Possible careers

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

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

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

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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