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University Catalog

Rural Public Safety Administration Major (Bachelor of Science)

Vision Statement

The Rural Public Safety Administration program at UMFK offers a liberal arts education with an emphasis in public administration, management and public safety. The degree program is designed to prepare students academically with professional skills to seek employment or advancement in public service, governmental and nongovernmental management and public safety, including law enforcement and the criminal justice system at the federal, state, regional and local levels.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Rural Public Safety Administration program at UMFK is to develop students as liberally-educated citizens, life-long learners in a changing world, and proficient public administrators.


Program Description/Goals

The Rural Public Safety Administration major provides a liberal arts/public management background for students interested in starting a career in public service and public safety administration. The major is interdisciplinary and has as its core 30 hours of coursework devoted to identifying, investigating, and understanding public safety issues including an applied component of internship. Parts of the program are a collaborative partnership between UMFK, the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, the Maine Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

To gain a competitive edge in the law enforcement field, it is recommended that a student earn the Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice prior to entering the Bachelor’s degree program.  All credits earned in the Associate’s degree program will count toward the Bachelor’s degree.


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. the ability to analyze, synthesize and generate knowledge in their chosen field of study (analysis)
  2. the ability to analyze a fact situation and determine options and solutions (analysis)
  3. the ability to reason critically and make informed decisions (analysis)
  4. the ability to conduct independent research (synthesis)
  5. the ability to absorb new bodies of knowledge and understand the relationship and impact of the new body of knowledge on existing knowledge (synthesis)
  6. the ability to be effective communicators using multiple mediums (oral, written, electronic) individually and collectively (articulation)

Accreditation

The University of Maine at Fort Kent has received specialized accreditation for its business and business related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas.
In accordance with IACBE accreditation guidelines, the following student outcomes are assessed annually and reported on the UMFK website:

  1. The student will be a liberally-educated citizen.
  2. The student will be a life-long learner.
  3. The student will be a proficient business manager.
  4. The student will develop entrepreneurial skills.

Program Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 100 Introduction to Public Safety Administration 3 credits
PSA 310 Introduction to Public Management OR  
    BUS 211     Principles of Business Management 3 credits
BUS 336 Business Law I 3 credits
PSA 122 GIS & GPS for Public Safety Professionals OR  
    GEO 280     GIS Applications I 3 credits
PSA 221 Ethics and Community OR  
    BUS 260     Business Ethics 3 credits
PSA 300 Public Finance 3 credits
PSA 315 Public Policy 3 credits
PSA/BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3 credits
PSA 397 Public Safety Internship/Capstone 8 credits
  Planned Field of Study* 30 credits
Total 62 credits

Recommended Support Courses

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 270 Disaster Management 3 credits
ECO 101 Microeconomics 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics I 3 credits

*The Planned Field of Study consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours in the area of the student’s interest or specialization. Students will, with the assistance and direction of the program coordinator, design an individualized Planned Field of Study.


Planned Field of Study specializations include:

  • Game Warden
  • Forensics
  • Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security/Emergency Management
  • Corrections

An example of a Planned Field of Study for Game Warden

CRN Course Name Credits
BIO 130 Introduction to Biotechnology 4 credits
BIO 204 Zoology 4 credits
BIO 356 Vertebrate Biology 3 credits
BIO 412 Mammology 3 credits
BIO 420 Ornithology 3 credits
ENV 302 Wildlife Conservation and Management 4 credits
ENV 333 Fisheries Science 3 credits
ENV 334 Wildlife Science 4 credits
CRJ 326 Introduction to Forensic Science OR  
    CRJ 222     Criminalistics 3 credits
Total 31 credits

Techniques for Assessment

  1. Individual student electronic portfolio with demonstrations of knowledge and skills.
  2. Comprehensive exam of core business skills required prior to entry into business concentration.
  3. Capstone projects.
  4. Internship evaluations.

Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
BUS 211 Principles of Business 3 credits
PSA 100 Introduction to Public Safety Administration 3 credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
  PSA Elective 3 credits
  General Education - Oral Communication 3 credits
  General Education - History and Literature 6 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 221 Ethics and the Community OR  
    BUS 260     Business Ethics 3 credits
  General Education - Quantitative Literacy 3 credits
  PSA Electives 6 credits
BUS 336 Business Law I 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 315 Public Policy 3 credits
  PSA Electives 6 credits
MAT 351 Statistics 3 credits
ECO 101 Microeconomics 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Junior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 300 Public Finance 3 credits
PSA 310 Public Management 3 credits
  PSA/General Education Electives - Foreign Language 10 credits
  General Education - Personal & Social Responsibility Project  
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Junior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 122 GIS/GPS for Public Safety Professionals 3 credits
PSA 270 Disaster Management 3 credits
PSA/BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3 credits
  General Education - Visual & Performing Arts 3 credits
  General Education - Foreign Languages 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Senior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  PSA Electives 9 credits
  Upper-level Electives 6 credits
Total 15 credits

Spring Semester Senior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 397 Public Safety Internship/Capstone 8 credits
  PSA Elective 3 credits
  Upper-level Elective 3 credits
Total 14 credits