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PSS Minors in Public Safety & Security

Minors offered within the department of Public Safety and Security are listed below and are available to students at both the Tallahassee (online) and the Panama City campuses. Contact person for the program is  Angie Sexton (asexton@pc.fsu.edu) or Dana Smith (dsmith@pc.fsu.edu).

Only coursework with a C- or better will count toward the completion of any minor.

Minor in Crime Scene Investigation

Minor Description: This minor program provides the scientific knowledge needed for a variety of forensic disciplines such as trace, biometric, impression and pattern evidence.  Crime Scene Investigation applies a problem-solving approach to investigations and analysis. A minor in Crime Scene Investigation is a great way to enhance your resume when applying for jobs in a forensic lab, medical examiner’s office or any law enforcement career.

Minor Requirements: The minor in Public Safety and Security, Crime Scene Investigation in the College of Applied Studies requires a minimum of 12 hours from the following required and elective coursework.

  • *All courses are available distance learning.
  • *Please be advised that not all courses are offered every year.  

Required Courses (7 hours)

  • CJE 3762 (3) Forensic Science in Investigations (Fall & Spring)
  • CJE 3762L (1) Forensic Science in Investigation Lab (Fall & Spring)
  • CJE 3648 (3) Crime Scene Professionalism (Fall)

Elective Courses (Choose from the following courses to complete a minimum of 5 additional hours)

  • CJE 3617 (3) Cold Case Investigations- prerequisites CJE 3762 and CJE 4611 (Summer)
  • CJE 4220 (3) Introduction to Forensic Entomology (Fall)
  • CJE 4655 (1) Crime & Accident Scene Imaging & Reconstruction- prerequisites CJE 3762 and CJE 3762L (Spring 22 then 24)
  • CJE 4135 (2) Impression and Pattern Evidence- prerequisites CJE 3762 and CJE 3762L (Spring 23 then 25)
  • CJE 4241 (1) Trace & Biometric Evidence- prerequisites CJE 3762 and CJE 3762L (Spring 23 then 25)
  • CJE 4638 (2) Forensic Death Investigation- prerequisites CJE 3762 and CJE 3762L (Spring 22 then 24)
  • CJE 4611 (3) Criminal Investigation: Theory & Practice (Fall)

Minor in Law Enforcement Intelligence

Minor Description: This minor assumes an “applications” based focus applying a problem-solving approach to a discipline.  The 3 primary disciplines that apply Intelligence are: National Security, Law Enforcement, and Business. Our curriculum focuses on law enforcement, however, students with a major in Business or a major applicable to National Security (such as modern languages, history, political science, international studies, etc.) may wish to enhance their degree with an Intelligence minor.

Minor Requirements:  The minor in Public Safety and Security, Law Enforcement Intelligence in the College of Applied Studies requires 12 hours of coursework.

 Required Courses (12 hours)

  • CJE 3732 Criminal Intelligence

Plus: any other 3 courses listed within the Law Enforcement Intelligence major (9)

  • CCJ 3024 (3) The Criminal Justice System (Fall, Spring)
  • CCJ 3071 (3) Computer Apps in Criminal Justice (Fall)
  • CCJ 3484 (3) Ethics in Policing and Intelligence (Fall)
  • CCJ 3612 (3) Behavioral Science in Criminal Justice (Summer)
  • CCJ 3678 (3) Policing Diversity: Race, Gender, Religion & Crime (Spring)
  • CCJ 4072 (3) Crime Mapping & Analysis (Summer) [prerequisite CCJ 4710]
  • CCJ 4710 (3) Applied Probability (Spring) [prerequisite CCJ 4744]
  • CCJ 4744 (3) Evidential Reasoning for Research & Invest (Fall)
  • CJE 3612 (3) Interview and Interrogation (Fall, Spring)
  • CJE 4611 (3) Criminal Investigation: Theory & Practice (Fall)
  • CJE 4615 (3) Conduct of Investigation (Spring) [prerequisite CCJ 4611]
  • CJE 4733 (3) The Intelligence Process (Spring) [prerequisite CJE 3732, STA 2023]
  • CJE 4734 (3) Intelligence Collection Strategies (Spring) [prerequisite CJE 3732]
  • CJL 3133 (3) Evidence and Criminal Procedure (Summer)

Minor in Law Enforcement Operations

Minor Description:  This minor looks at the field of policing through an application based curriculum. The minor is designed so that the student takes an introductory course, then selects 3 – major specific courses within the LEO curriculum. The goal of this minor is to allow students from varied degree fields to be exposed to the challenges and techniques of modern policing in the United States.

Minor Requirements: The minor in Public Safety and Security, Law Enforcement Operations in the College of Applied Studies requires 12 hours of coursework.

Required Course (12 hours)

  • CCJ 3024 The Criminal Justice System (3) or
  • CCJ 2020 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

Plus: any other 3 courses listed within the Law Enforcement Operations major (9)

  • CCJ 3032 (3) Crime in Media (Fall)
  • CCJ 3071 (3) Computer Apps in Criminal Justice (Fall)
  • CCJ 3484 (3) Ethics in Policing and Intelligence (Fall)
  • CCJ 3651 (3) Drugs and Crime (Summer)
  • CCJ 3678 (3) Policing Diversity: Race, Gender, Religion & Crime (Spring)
  • CCJ 4710 (3) Applied Probability (Spring) [prerequisite CCJ 4744]
  • CCJ 4744 (3) Evidential Reasoning for Research & Invest (Fall)
  • CJC 3311 (3) Corrections: Practices and Perspectives (Spring)
  • CJE 3612 (3) Interview and Interrogation (Fall, Spring)
  • CJE 4410 (3) Community Policing (Summer)
  • CJE 4611 (3) Criminal Investigation: Theory & Practice (Fall) [co-requisite CCJ 4744]
  • CJE 4615 (3) Conduct of Investigation (Spring) [prerequisite CCJ 4611]
  • CJJ 3013 (3) Youth Culture and Crime (Spring) 
  • DSC 3013 (3) Homeland Security & Criminal Justice (Summer)

Minor in Underwater Crime Scene Investigation

Minor Description:  This minor assumes an "applications" focus not present in other existing degree certificates or minors. Courses will be particularly useful in complementing various "professional" degree programs, such as health professions, law, social science, criminology, environmental studies, recreation-tourism-events, engineering and biological science program

Minor Requirements: The minor in Public Safety and Security, Underwater Crime Scene Investigation in the College of Applied Studies requires 12 hours of coursework.

Required Course (12 hours)

  • ISC 3062 Introduction to Underwater Investigation (3)
  • ISC 3063 Scientific Underwater Investigation (3)
  • CJE4764 Underwater Crime Scene Methodology (3)
  • CJE 4765 Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (3) 
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