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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

The honours Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety (BAPS) is uniquely designed for college graduates from a public safety related program. You’ll receive 10.0 transfer credits and with an additional 10.0 undergraduate credits from Laurier, you'll earn an honours Bachelor of Arts.

It's Canada’s first online, undergraduate program in public safety.

Fostering Leadership

In order to meet the challenges facing the public safety sector, education is now a key hiring factor in disciplines such as fire services, emergency management and border security and policing. To be considered for leadership positions, candidates must be critical thinkers who are comfortable with new perspectives and new technologies.

The BAPS program is focused on the application of coursework to workplace situations, preparing you for future leadership opportunities in public safety careers.

You will learn the critical thinking and awareness skills required for responding effectively to a wide variety of trauma victims, while working collaboratively with other emergency organizations.

Interdisciplinary Approach

An overarching goal of the BAPS program is for students to recognize the value in an interagency, collaborative approach to public safety. Complex issues such as racial profiling, immigration, mental illness and cybercrime demand compassionate, evidence-based strategies for serving our communities. Our courses focused on diverse specialties will help you break down disciplinary silos in your work environments.

Flexible Schedule

The BAPS program is designed as a part-time, online learning experience to fit the lives of busy professionals. Course work can be completed from the comfort of your home.

Experiential Learning

There are many interactive learning opportunities within the BAPS program, including virtual labs. You'll engage with other students through online discussion boards, sharing experiences and debating current issues.

Some examples of experiential learning opportunities include:

  • Constructing crime maps, disaster maps and municipal emergency incident maps using online GIS mapping software.
  • Developing public safety story maps, scenarios, pre-incident plans, intelligence and analytics reports, crash analysis maps and opioid response dashboards using ArcGIS Pro Law Enforcement and National Security Software.
  • Analyzing social media data via analytics and data mining platforms.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the Laurier Experience Record, an innovative database of your notable curricular and co-curricular experience that you can share with employers.

Learning Outcomes

Among many valuable learning outcomes, graduates of the BAPS program will be able to successfully:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical, social, and political contexts in the development of modern public safety strategies in Canada.
  • Incorporate the use of technology and computer-based analytics in a variety of applications that are necessary for public safety practitioners.
  • Analyze ethical considerations and other consequences of action or inaction in public safety situations.
  • Craft and deliver arguments using sound reasoning and argumentation.
  • Respond to criticism and feedback respectfully and non-defensively.
  • Demonstrate intercultural competence and sensitivity, and apply these skills in working with marginalized populations and evaluating public safety systems.

“The BAPS program was designed exclusively for professionals and college graduates interested in acquiring the communication and professional skills necessary for success in public safety careers. It addresses a current void in public safety disciplines as the first online, undergraduate program in Public Safety offered in Canada.”

Dr. Scott Blandford
Associate Professor


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