Bachelor of Professional Studies with a Major in Police and Security Studies
The bachelor of professional studies with a major in police and security studies degree program helps students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work more effectively as police professionals. Developed by faculty in consultation with metropolitan area law enforcement and police specialists, the core course work is designed to develop three central areas of competency: intelligence and criminal analysis; forensic science; and leadership and management. Elective courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, including sociology, leadership, public health, and international affairs.
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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits, including 30 credits in general education courses, 60 credits in required courses, and 30 credits in elective courses.
To be considered for admission to the College of Professional Studies Police and Security Studies program, the applicant must possess an academic record of achievement and be employed as a security and safety professional. The admission requirements are listed below.
- Completion of a college-level English Composition course at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of C or higher. Note: Applicants may submit an acceptable writing sample taken in a CPS test setting if a college-level English Composition course has not been completed. Test centers are located in DC, Alexandria, Arlington, and Newport News, VA.
- Attended at least one college-level course (minimum 3 credits) at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
- Two or more years of work experience in the safety and security field.
- Completion of the first 12 credit hours taken at GW with a grade of C or higher. All degree candidates receive provisional admission until completion of their first 12 credit hours at GW.
Requirements for the degree: 120 credits
|Requirements for the program:|
|30 credits of general education coursework including:*|
|6 credits of English composition or UW 1020 University Writing plus 2 credits of independent research with a focus on the application of the principles learned in UW 1020|
|6 credits of quantitative and logical reasoning|
|6 credits of social and behavioral sciences|
|6 credits of natural sciences, including one laboratory course|
|6 credits of arts and humanities|
|60 credits of core courses:|
|Intelligence and Criminal Analysis|
|Particular Forms of Crime (Intelligence and Criminal Analysis)|
|Models of Policing|
|Criminal Analysis (Forensic Science )|
|Introduction to Forensic Science|
|Crime Scene Investigation|
|Computer Crime Investigation|
|The Criminal Mind|
|Leadership and Management|
|Ethical Dilemmas in Policing|
|30 credits of electives selected from the following, in consultation with academic advisor:|
|The Criminal Justice System|
|Comparative Police Systems|
|Transnational Threats and Security|
|Crisis and Emergency Planning|
|Emergency Public Health Issues|
|Media, Public Relations, and Crisis Communication|
General education and elective courses may be completed at any regionally accredited institution. A grade of C or higher is required for transfer credit to be approved. General education and elective course work may be completed before, during, or within five years of completing the other requirements for the bachelor's degree.