Emergency Management Policy Studies

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and Policy Studies prepares students for a variety of careers in homeland security, state and local emergency management agencies, government and non-profit sectors, cybersecurity, and public health organizations. Emergency management is a field dedicated to protecting resources and ensuring public safety in the event of a catastrophic event such as a natural disaster, train derailment, or terrorist attack. Students earning the degree may find employment as emergency management directors, project managers, logisticians, cybersecurity specialists, and nonprofit administrators.

 

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and Policy Studies will be able to:

 

  1. Describe and analyze the basic structure of the Federal Emergency Management System including assistance, communications, disaster relief, planning, and the emergency management cycle: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
  2. Critically evaluate the role and purpose of response and recovery in emergency planning and policy development and implications for social change.
  3. Critique the federal, state and local emergency management systems, including the legal, theoretical, and public policy issues that impact them.
  4. Compare and contrast contemporary emergency management issues through the application of current theories and literature as they impact the American Emergency Management System.
  5. Construct and evaluate research designs and methods that evaluate emergency management systems, programs, and planning.
  6. Apply knowledge of diversity by discussing effects of diversity within the context of the emergency management system.

 

 

Requirements

40 credits

 

EMPS 150 Principles of Emergency Management -3

PO 210 State and Local Government -3

CH 200/211 Earth Science with a Lab -4

EMPS 250 Disaster Relief and Recovery -3

EMPS 300 Planning, Risk Analysis and Threat Assessment-3

PO 325 Public Administration Theory and Concepts-3

PO 350 Introduction to Social Science Research-3

IP 350 Terrorism-3

EMPS 360 Technology, Social Media and Emergency Management Services -3

PO 415 Politics of Homeland Security- 3

EMPS 425 Crisis Leadership-3

EMPS 450 Senior Research Seminar-3

EMPS 495 Emergency Management Policy Studies Internship-3

 

Course Descriptions

 

EMPS 150 Principles of Emergency Management (3 credits) Pre-req. none.

This course provides an overview of emergency management in the United States. Topics covered include the history and philosophy of emergency management, the four phases of the emergency management cycle, and the role of agencies at federal, state and local levels with an emphasis on natural, technological and terrorism hazards.

 

PO 210 State and Local Government (3 credits) Pre-req. none.

 

CH 200/211 Earth Science with a Lab (4 credits)

 

EMPS 250 Disaster Relief and Recovery (3 credits) Pre-req: EMPS 150

Disaster recovery is the last phase in the emergency management cycle. It is a complex process that involves the whole community of public, private, and nongovernmental organizations. This course will examine the foundations for disaster relief and recovery including the planning stages of recovery, resources used, and formation of public/private partnerships for recovery action and resource allocation

 

EMPS 300 Planning, Risk Analysis and Threat Assessment (3 credits) Pre-req: EMPS 150, EMPS 250 This course provides an introduction to critical infrastructure protection and the policies, strategies, and practical applications of risk and resilience efforts from an all hazards perspective. The course is designed to enhance the student’s ability to recognize and evaluate risks associated with human-caused, natural, and technological disasters through a myriad of risk management approaches, including best practices used by the homeland security enterprise.

 

PO 325 Public Administration Theory and Concepts (3 credits)

 

PO 350 Introduction to Social Science Research (3 credits)

 

IP 350 Terrorism (3 credits)

 

EMPS 360 Technology, Social Media and Emergency Management Services (3 credits) Pre-req: EMPS 300 This course provides an overview of disaster communications and the various types of technologies used in preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. Special focus is placed on the increased use of social media platforms and the variety of challenges these methods present.

 

PO 415 Politics of Homeland Security (3 credits) Pre-req: Junior status

 

EMPS 425 Crisis Leadership (3 credits) Pre-req: Junior status

This course offers a look at leadership before, during and after a crisis event. It examines the responsibilities and practices of emergency response agencies, police, government, and non-profit organizations in response to natural disasters, terrorism and technological hazards. Students will examine case studies and participate in crisis decision-making simulations to prepare themselves as future crisis leaders.

 

EMPS 450 Senior Research Seminar (3 credits) Pre-req: Senior status

This course is designed to provide EMPS majors with a capstone experience emphasizing the integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses on the institutions, policies, and practices of the U.S. Emergency Management System. Students engage in the development and production of a senior level research paper grounded in appropriate theory and policy literature. Prerequisite: senior standing or departmental permission.

 

EMPS 495 Emergency Management Policy Studies Internship (3-6 credits) Pre-req: Junior status

This course is designed to provide EMPS majors with a capstone experience emphasizing the integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses on the institutions, policies, and practices of the U.S. Emergency Management System. Students engage in the development and production of a senior level research paper grounded in appropriate theory and policy literature. Prerequisite: senior standing or departmental permission.

 

Course Rotations

 

Year One

EMPS 150, PO 210, EMPS 250 plus core and electives

Year Two

CH 200/211, EMPS 300, PO 325 plus core and electives

Year Three

IP 350, PO 350, EMPS 360, EMPS 495 plus core and electives

Year Four

PO 415, EMPS 425, EMPS 450 plus core and electives

 

Note on electives: Students are encouraged to select electives from political science, public administration, criminal justice, and intelligence studies.

Events

Jul
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July 19
9:00 AM
Thursday July 19, 9:00am
Academic Support Center
E.g., 07/17/18
E.g., 07/17/18