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FAU Approves New Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Public Safety Administration and Urban Design

BOCA RATON, FL (June 3, 2011) - Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees recently approved two new bachelor’s degree programs within the College for Design and Social Inquiry. The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration degree program and the Bachelor of Urban Design program are both set to begin in August for the fall 2011 semester.

The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration program will be housed within FAU’s School of Public Administration, and will be a collaborative effort between the School of Public Administration, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, as well as the School of Social Work. The degree program is unique among other public safety administration programs, as it is the only one in the state of Florida to feature three specializations: law enforcement and corrections, fire-rescue and disaster management. The program will be offered on both the Boca Raton and Davie campuses, as well as online.

“The need for trained personnel in all aspects of public safety has grown dramatically since the events of 9/11,” said Richard Mangan, an instructor in the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, as well as the program coordinator for the public safety administration degree. “The training of law enforcement, fire-rescue and disaster management professionals have become a critical need and one that has not, up to this time, been adequately met.”

The Bachelor of Urban Design program will be based in the School of Urban and Regional Planning on FAU’s Fort Lauderdale campus. The program will be interdisciplinary, incorporating courses from the School of Urban and Regional Planning and the School of Architecture. Urban design professionals focus on planning and design of the built environment that contributes to better livability, social and cultural vitality of public life, sustainability and economical effectiveness. This bachelor’s degree program was created for those who plan to pursue careers in urban and regional planning, urban development policy, real estate development and municipal and planning law, as well as those who plan to pursue graduate degrees in architecture and landscape architecture.

“The Bachelor of Urban Design program at FAU will be the first undergraduate program within the State University System that provides a broader knowledge of the principles and practices of urban design,” said Kasama Polakit, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and program coordinator for the new degree.

For more information about the Bachelor of Urban Design program, contact Kasama Polakit at 954-762-5637 or kpolakit@fau.edu , or visit www.fau.edu/surp. For more information about the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration program, contact Richard Mangan at 561-297-2978 or rmangan@fau.edu .

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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