The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management offers a practical education designed to prepare you for a full spectrum of careers in emergency management and public safety. It introduces you to the all-hazards approach and provides an in-depth understanding of risk assessment, hazard identification, prevention and management techniques, the multiple phases of emergency and disaster management, and counterterrorism. It also covers the prevention, management, mitigation, and recovery from man-made and natural disasters. From the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe, our emergency and disaster management program stresses the fact that all disasters are local, which is a foundational emergency management concept.

This program is recognized by the Foundation of Higher Education for Disaster and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The university is the first online institution to receive this important distinction. In addition, this program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who are board-certified emergency managers (CEM) or who hold key positions in government agencies or national safety and security organizations.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Identify the goals of disaster management from prevention/reduction of loss due to hazards, disasters, and emergencies.
  • Differentiate between response strategies for the various emergency and disaster incidents.
  • Examine the phases of the cycle of disasters.
  • Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of the individuals and agencies in an emergency and disaster incident.
  • Analyze factors and coping strategies involved in emergencies and disasters.
  • Demonstrate emergency and disaster preparedness from planning to recovery.

While learning objectives that are specific to the academic discipline have been identified for each degree program, the University System also outlines general education outcomes (Level 1 and 2) that are sought throughout the institution and at each degree level.

 

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required30
General Concentration24
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements33
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL102Effectiveness in Writing3
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

 All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (30 semester hours)

EDMG101Introduction to Emergency Management3
EDMG220Emergency Planning3
EDMG230Emergency and Disaster Incident Command3
EDMG259Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness3
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
EDMG320Natural Disaster Management3
EDMG321Social Media Application to Emergency and Disaster Management3
EDMG330Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials3
EDMG340Consequence Management3
PSYC431Psychology of Disaster3
Total Semester Hours30

General Concentration (24 semester hours)

A general concentration allows you to take courses across a number of areas of study within your program based on your own interests.

Select 8 courses from the following:24
Special Operations in Emergency Medical Services
Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Mind of a Terrorist
Emergency Response to Terrorism
Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction
Chemistry of Explosives
History of Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Electronics, Electricity, and Explosives
Explosive Incident Assessment: Methods, Practices, Protocols
Risk Communications
Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense
Border and Coastal Security
Port Security
Quarantine
Hazardous Materials Management
Independent Study
Total Semester Hours24

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

EDMG498Senior Seminar in Emergency & Disaster Mgmt. 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (33 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.