A minor in another subject is recommended for a bachelor's degree in Public Safety and Security for all majors except Police Science. The minors available will depend on whether the student has access to the Panama City campus and/or the Tallahassee campus, or must take courses solely online. The minors presented below are either fully online or a hybrid in which one takes the knowledge portion online and attends a short, intensive laboratory at the Panama City campus. Since online courses are not as readily available as oncampus, students should contact the department of interest to verify when the desired courses will be offered.
In line with the teaching philosophy that a program in applied studies focuses on both theory and application of that theory, students are expected to construct a minor that supports that phhilosopy. It could be a simple as selecting both types of courses within another department. Or, it could be that courses are selected to provide a broad background knowledge in the topic of the minor. The experiential course then becomes a project integrating that knowledge into an application within the knowledge and skills attained in the major courses.
Unlike a major, a student does not need to be formally admitted to a minor, nor does the minor appear on the transcript. The Department and the Registrar do not have any forms to fill out or any way to register that a student intends to complete a minor in a particular subject. A student who has fulfilled the requirements for a minor in the discipline simply claims the minor when filing their "Intent to Graduate" form with the Registrar during the semester in which they plan to graduate.
For students not in the program, the minor in Public safety and Security requires four courses (12 credits), including CCJ 3024 The Criminal Justice System, plus any three of the core courses or three courses in a particular major.
The Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Certificate may also serve as a minor. The certificate requires:
CJE 4762 Forensic Science in Investigation (3) and CJE 4762L Laboratory (2)
The laboratories are required for the certificate but may be taken as intensive courses at Panama City during the summer.
Emergency Management from the School of Public Administration in College of Social Sciences
The four course certificate program will serve as a minor.
PAD 4391 Foundations of Emergency Management
PAD 4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning and Policy
PAD 4374 Intro to Terrorism*
PAD 4375 Advanced Topics in Terrorism (pre-req: Intro to Terrorism*)
PAD 4936 Public Health and Emergency Management
PAD 4936 Emergency Management Leadership and Communications
PAD 4936 Emergency Management Information Systems
PAD 4936 International Comparative Emergency Management
Interdisciplinary Program in Social Sciences from College of Social Sciences
The minor is comprised of five courses taken from the following departments: interdisciplinary social science, anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology and urban & regional planning
These courses particularly will require coordination to ensure their availability.
Criminology from College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Four courses will constitute a minor:
CCJ 2020 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Three courses with exclusion of: CCJ 4905, CCJ 4933, or CCJ 4938
Students planning on graduate school should take CCJ 4700, Introduction to Research Methods in Criminology
Communication from College of Communication and Information
Four courses from the following will constitute a minor but those in italics are not yet online:
ADV 3008 Principles of Advertising
ADV 3352 Mass Media Law
ADV 3410 Hispanic Marketing Communication
COM 3332 New Communication Technology
COM 3930 Special Topics in Communication
MMC 2000 Introduction to Mass Media
PUR 3000 Introduction to Public Relations
RTV 3001 Media Techniques
SPC 3210 Contemporary Human Communication
Two options are available as described below; 12 hours each but different in rigor and the prerequisites required.
|SCIENCE TRACK:||GENERAL TRACK:|
|a rigorous set of courses (essentially the beginning of a computer science major) approved and recommended for the minor:||recommended track for Information and Management Sciences and other majors:|
|COP 3014 (3)||MAC 1140||
Any one of the following:|
CGS 3416 (3)
CGS 3406 (3) or COP 3014 (3)
[CGS 3406 and COP 3014 cannot both be counted for the minor]
MAC 1105 (CGS 3406)
MAC 1140 (COP 3014)
|COP 3353 (1)||none|
|COP 3330 (3)||COP 3353 (co/prequisite) and COP 3014|
|Plus two of the following:||Plus three of the following:|
|CDA 3100 (3)||COP 3330 (co/pre) and MAD 2104 (co/pre)||
CGS 3406 (3) or CGS 3416 (3) |
[can choose the one not taken above]
|CDA 3101 (3)||CDA 3100||
CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3) |
[credit will not be given for both courses]
|CEN 4020 (3)||COP 4530 (co/pre)||CGS 3066 (3)|
|CNT 4603 (3)||CGS 3406 or COP 3014||COP 3502 (3)||MAC 1105|
|COP 3252 (3)||COP 3330||CIS 4360 (3)||CGS 3406 or COP 3014|
|COP 4342 (3)||COP 3330||[any 3-hr course listed for Science Track minor in the previous table]|
|COP 4530 (3)||COP 3330 & MAD 2104 & CDA 3100 (co/pre)|
|COP 4710 (3)||COP 3330 and MAD 2104|
|COP 4610 (3)||COP4530, CDA3101 (co/pre)|