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

Objectives

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

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MAJOR45 HOURS

  • This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the program. Introduction to the field of emergency and disaster management, including background for dealing with disasters, victimization, and economic losses from disasters in organized ways, and how organizations serve communities and individuals from a service perspective.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Planning and management for business or operational restoration following a crisis, with emphasis on minimizing the impact the crisis can have on business operations.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and skills for implementing a Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program, including exercise design, development, and evaluation, and effective response to all types of crises. Design and development of a tabletop exercise is executed at the end of the semester.
    Prerequisites: all EMT 3000-level courses
  • FEMA-based management methodologies, including management of operations during all phases of emergency response, with emphasis on the recovery phase. Covers donation management, finance, and resources, managing volunteers, crisis counseling, and basic subsistence needs.
    Prerequisites: all EMT 3000-level courses
  • 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.
  • 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.
Choose one of the following:
  • 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
  • Issues surrounding terrorism and the preventative and responsive nature of the Department of Homeland Security, including threats from domestic and international terrorism and the role of government, organizations, and citizens.
    Prerequisite: CJU1010
Choose one of the following:
  • A holistic review of the emergency and disaster management field, integrating learning from major course work through finding solutions for complex emergency and disaster management problems.
  • Placement in an area of the world affected by a foreign or domestic disaster. 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, students must complete the internship package provided by the Emergency and Disaster Management program director. Students are responsible to arrange the internship.