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The Emergency and Disaster Management major offers students preparation and qualifications for work in government, non-profit, and private emergency response organizations. Fieldwork, coupled with a rigorous academic program, helps ensure graduates are knowledgeable, proficient and experienced.

Major Objectives

Upon graduating from the major, students should be able to:
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    Evidence competence in the field of Emergency and Disaster Management in preparation for private or public-sector employment.
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    Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of Emergency and Disaster Management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies and disasters.
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    Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the field of Emergency and Disaster Management.
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    Analyze the existing and desired structure climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is Emergency and Disaster Management.
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    Analyze an organization’s operation and provide recommendations for improvement.

GENERAL EDUCATION45 CREDITS

GENERAL ELECTIVES30 CREDITS

EMERGENCY AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT COURSES45 CREDITS

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    This course introduces and explores the field of emergency/disaster management. It provides background for dealing with disasters, victimization, and economic losses from disasters in organized ways. It examines how organizations serve communities and individuals from a service prospective. (This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the program.)
     
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    Public awareness of potential hazards communities face, the preparedness needed to handle these hazards and strategic options in mitigating adverse consequences. Procedures and principles for emergency operations, including planning, warning systems, evacuation, search and rescue, mass casualty incidents, sheltering, handling donations, disaster declarations, and incident debriefings.
     
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    Post-disaster procedures and policies governing the protection of natural environments, improving disaster resistance, supporting diverse communities and population, improving economic conditions, and preserving community resources. Community resilience and sustainability through emergency management programs. Phases of emergency management in a community's comprehensive and strategic planning.
     
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    Equipping individuals and nonprofit organizations to manage, achieve, and preserve financial strength to carry out their missions. Organizing, structuring, and presenting a project for successful grant funding from public or private sources.
     
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    Planning and management for business or operational restoration following a crisis, with emphasis on minimizing the impact the crisis can have on business operations.
     
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    Responding to the economic, psychological, emotional and spiritual loss disasters create for a population. Innovation and effective solutions for recovery managers handling these impacts.
    (Prerequisites: EMT 2000-level courses)
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    The role of political systems in disaster policy during all phases of emergency management. Practical information drawn from disaster policy studies and case studies applicable to future disasters and emergencies.
     
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    Development of knowledge and personal disciplines for managing one's emotional, physical, and spiritual needs in maintaining a prolonged presence in settings of high stress.
     
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    Exercise design, development, and evaluation, Knowledge and skills essential to implementing a Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Incorporating emergency exercise planning to effectively prepare and respond to disasters, emergencies, and crises of all types and magnitudes. Required design and development of a tabletop exercise to be executed at the end of the semester.
    (Prerequisites: all EMT 3000-level courses)
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    Managing operations during all phases of emergency management with emphasis on the recovery phase. Issues include donation management (finance and resources), managing volunteers, crisis counseling, and basic subsistence needs. Fundamental management methods based on FEMA methodologies.
    (Prerequisites: all EMT 3000-level courses)
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    Hazard mitigation in emergency and disaster management. Properties of hazardous materials, development and implementation of plans and programs required for safe response, and the use of tools and techniques for responses to spills and releases.
     
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    Issues and dilemmas encountered in the international development field: history, concepts and theories of the field; the role of non-profits as global players; urgent development issues in the non-Western world; current dilemmas for action; key actors and institutions who shape the development field; the role of emergency management in international development. EMT4800Capstone (3 credits) 5 weeks Offers an overall view of emergency and disaster management by challenging students to integrate learning from all course work in solving complex emergency and disaster management problems.
     
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    Statistics is the method of conducting a study about a particular topic by collecting, organizing, interpreting, and finally presenting data. This course prepares the student to perform statistical analysis of data sets. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing and regression.
     
Please choose one of the following:
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    History, methods, and philosophy of terrorism, including extremism as a foundation for terrorist behavior, types of terrorism, and the response to terrorism by government entities and law enforcement agencies. Governmental concerns, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts in handling terrorist events.
    (Prerequisites: EMT 2000-level courses)
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    This course provides a study of issues surrounding terrorism and the preventative and responsive nature of the Department of Homeland Security. Threats from domestic and international terrorism will be examined as well as the role of government, organizations, and citizens.
    (Prerequisite: CJU3000)
Please choose one of the following:
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    EMT4800 Emergency and Disaster Management Capstone 3 Credits
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    Placement in an area of the world that has been affected by a disaster, either foreign or domestic. This 90-hour internship includes all phases of emergency management: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Students gain valuable experience and apply knowledge gained in course work. To enroll for the course, students must complete the internship package provided by the Director, Emergency and Disaster Management. Students are responsible to arrange the internship.
     

Total120 Credit Hours

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