Undergraduate Course Catalog 2011-2012

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Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 39

This program is also available online. The accelerated Bachelor of Arts degree completion program in Fire Service Administration consists of 33 credit hours of upper division core courses and 6 credit hours of electives to complete the requirements for the major in Fire Service Administration. This degree completion program is designed to provide administrative courses for professionals in the fire service field.

Students admitted to the program must be at least 24 years of age, have at least three years of full-time work experience, and have a fire service-related associate’s degree or equivalent hours in the fire service field from an accredited college. A maximum of 72 community college credit hours will be accepted. Consistent with Lewis University policy, an unlimited number of credit hours will be accepted from upper division/senior institutions as long as the final 32 hours, including at least 12 hours of upper division courses in the major and 6 hours of Mission-based courses are completed at Lewis.

Core courses for the major will be offered in a continuous eight-week accelerated format. There will be two eight-week sessions during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This format will allow students the opportunity to earn up to 6 credit hours of courses in the major during each sixteen-week semester. Courses may be taken without regard for sequence.

Firefighters in the Chicago area typically work one 24-hour shift with the following 48 hours off duty. Because of this type of work schedule, each class will be offered on two consecutive days, when enrollment permits.  Each class will mirror the class of the prior day. This will allow for a maximum number of firefighters to attend classes. The mirrored class schedule was recommended by leadership personnel in all of the fire departments involved in the discussion of this program.

I. Core Courses (33)
91-320 Fire Service Administration (3)
91-324 Risk Management in the Fire Service (3)
91-328 Labor -Management Relations (3)
91-332 Ethics in the Fire Service (3)
91-336 Planning for Community Fire Protection (3)
91-340 Analysis of Issues and Trends in the Fire Service (3)
91-344 Administration of Emergency Medical Services (3)
91-402 Personnel Management of the Fire Service (3)
91-404 Legal Aspects of Fire Service Management (3)
91-406 Financial Management of the Fire Service (3)
91-408 Applications of Fire Research (3)

II. Electives (6)
Six (6) additional hours can be obtained through selecting two courses from the following JLPSS offerings:
81-341 Criminalistics: Introduction to Forensic Investigations (3)
81-370 Intelligence Gathering (3)
81-385 Agency-Community Relations (3)
81-460 Architectural Design (3)