Notre Dame College Adds Emergency Management Undergraduate Major

Notre Dame College is preparing students for leadership careers in public safety, private security and emergency management operations with a new on-campus undergraduate degree starting in fall 2018.

The College is introducing its Bachelor of Arts degree in emergency management and policy studies to train students for jobs in preparation, mitigation, response and recovery for large-scale natural disasters, acts of violence and other public health and security threats. Emergency management situations range from natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes to pollution and mining incidents and encompass gun violence, civil unrest and cyber and global terrorism.

Most degrees in emergency management are offered online, but a key component of careers in the field is knowledge, understanding and coordination among first responders, health and government agencies and the general public, with even private sector businesses playing a part. Notre Dame’s on-campus career-focused liberal arts major in emergency management includes seminars in the interaction of roles, responsibilities and relationships as well as instruction in the societal concerns, legal, professional and ethical responsibilities of the diverse and dynamic discipline.

Coursework in the new major at Notre Dame covers technology, social media and emergency operations and crisis leadership, as well as classes in the principles of emergency management; disaster relief and recovery; and planning, risk analysis and threat assessment.

Students in the four-year program also complete an internship prior to graduation to gain work experience needed for employment.

Careers in emergency management include emergency preparedness training and exercise coordinator, security operations specialist, healthcare emergency preparedness administrator, emergency dispatcher and positions in disaster recovery compliance, among others.

Notre Dame also offers the continuum of career preparation for professions in emergency management with undergraduate majors in criminal justice and intelligence studies, as well as emergency management and policy studies, and with a hybrid master’s degree, which incudes on-campus and online coursework, in national security and intelligence studies.

Review a detailed list of careers in the emergency management field.

June 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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