Program Descriptions

Academic Requirements

Admission to the major is limited to those students holding an A.A.S. degree in a discipline directly related to the program emphasis. All majors must meet NIU’s requirements for general education (29-41 hours), complete a minimum of 40 hours of course work at the 300-400 level and earn a minimum of 30 hours at NIU. It is expected that students needing to complete additional general education course work would be able to do so at their community colleges with course selection assistance from NIU advisors.

In addition to the general education credits that transfer to NIU, students can also receive up to 30 proficiency credits for the technical coursework completed in the qualified A.A.S. degree. These credits are awarded when all other degree requirements are completed.

Core Requirements (21 credits)

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
ACCY 288 Fundamentals of Accounting 3
MGMT 333 Principles of Management 3
MGMT 346 Business Communication 3
MGMT 412 Business Law 3
MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing 3
OMIS 338 Principles of Operations Management 3
FINA 320 Principles of Finance 3

Public Safety Emphasis (28-29 credits)*

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
POLS 331 Intro to Public Administration 3
SOCI 381 Criminology 3
SOCI 383 The Criminal Justice System 3
or SOCI 390
Internship 3
Two of the following:
POLS 303 State and Local Government 3
POLS 395 Topics: Public Sector Ethics 3
POLS 395 Topics: Public Sector Budgeting 3
POLS 395 Topics: Civic Engagement 3
SOCI 375 Sociology of Organizations 3
Three of the following:
POLS 386 Global Terrorism 3
POLS 415 Criminal Law 3
SOCI 380 Deviance in Society 3
SOCI 384 Police in a Democratic Society 3
SOCI 388 Punishment and Corrections 3
UNIV 310 Foundations in Homeland Security
and Disaster Preparedness

*Any course substitutions within the degree program must be approved by the appropriate NIU personnel.