Emergency Management

Emergency Management Major

The major prepares students for success as practitioners in emergency management as well as related fields. The rigor of the major also prepares students for graduate work.  The major is ideally-suited for students seeking emergency management as a career of first choice.  Student career success is built upon the following five program attributes: 

Provide a broad educational foundation that supports graduates’ entry into different settings where emergency management is practiced (e.g., government at all levels; businesses; schools and colleges; healthcare industry; non-profit organizations; humanitarian efforts; etc.);

  1. Support evidence-based practice by exposing students to the rich research and science available;

  2. Promote and foster experiential opportunities through focused class activities and required internships;

  3. Develop skills necessary to the effective practice of emergency management (e.g., communication; collaboration; teamwork; leadership; critical thinking; problem-solving, etc.); and,

  4. Support student professional development through faculty mentoring focused on familiarizing students with the roles of and opportunities to pursue training and experience and cultivate professional networks prior to graduation.

Numerous career opportunities are available to those graduating with an emergency management major. Positions are available at all levels of government including city, county, state, and federal. A wide variety of local, national, and international voluntary organizations routinely hire people educated in emergency management, and there is increasing emphasis on hiring individuals educated in emergency management in the private, business sector.

Recent program graduates found employment as a regional emergency planner, homeland security planner, business continuity specialist, hospital emergency manager, emergency manager with the National Guard, public health emergency preparedness coordinator, and disaster insurance adjuster, to name a few examples.

Of note, just as with any degree program in higher education, an emergency management student does not graduate and necessarily go on to be an emergency manager. Graduates consistently find employment in the military, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire departments as well. And, many graduates from our degree program go on to work in fields unrelated to emergency management. Our alumni report that the skills and knowledge acquired through our undergraduate degree program in emergency management are highly marketable to other professions and fields.

Emergency Management Minor

The Department of Emergency Management offers an emergency management minor with four transcripted minor sub-plan options. Each sub-plan minor option is designed to complement a set of student interests and majors. Options include:

  • Vulnerability and Capacity Building
  • Risk and Resilience Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Comprehensive Emergency Management

Major Requirements

Major: Emergency Management

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39
*

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Degree Requirements                                                                            

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree – The completion of a minor program of study, a second major, or a second degree is required.                                                                            

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree – Second year language proficiency at college level required.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College Requirements

An additional 9 credits are required by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree programs of study, except the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Bachelor of Music degree, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree:

AH&SS College Requirements
Courses used to satisfy any general education requirement cannot be used to also count toward the AH&SS College Requirements. A minimum of three credits is required in each of the 3 following areas for a total of 9 credits. Choose only those courses with the prefixes listed for each area. A course with the WGS prefix can only be used in one area.
Area One: Humanities3
ARB, ENGL, FREN, GERM, HIST, HUM, PHIL, RELS, SPAN, or WGS
Area Two: Social Sciences3
ANTH, CJ, COMM, EMGT, POLS, SOC, or WGS
Area Three: Fine Arts3
ARCH, ART, ENVD, LA, MUSC, or THEA
Total Credits9

Major Requirements

Emergency Management Core Courses:
EMGT 101Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes3
EMGT 261Disaster Preparedness3
EMGT 262Disaster Mitigation3
EMGT 263Disaster Response3
EMGT 264Disaster Recovery3
EMGT 291Seminar1
EMGT 410Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning (Capstone)3
EMGT 496Field Experience3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
or CSCI 159 Computer Science Problem Solving
Sociology Core Courses:
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B)3
SOC 340Social Research Methods3
Emergency Management Electives: Select 4 courses from the following:12
Homeland Security: An Exploration
Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management
Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments
International Emergency Management
Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Vulnerability and Functional Needs in Emergency Management
Business Continuity and Crisis Management
Voluntary Agency Disaster Services
Disaster and Culture
Disaster Analysis
Seminar
International Disasters
Total Credits43

Recommended minors: Business Administration, Communication, Community Development, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, Food Safety, Geography, Logistics Management, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Minor Requirements

Emergency Management Minor

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 18

Students complete one of the four options listed below for the minor. 

Option One: Comprehensive Emergency Management

Emergency Management Core
EMGT 101Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes3
EMGT 261Disaster Preparedness3
EMGT 262Disaster Mitigation3
EMGT 263Disaster Response3
EMGT 264Disaster Recovery3
Emergency Management Elective: Select one from the following3
Homeland Security: An Exploration
Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning
Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management
Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments
International Emergency Management
Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Vulnerability and Functional Needs in Emergency Management
Business Continuity and Crisis Management
Voluntary Agency Disaster Services
Field Experience
Total Credits18

Option Two: Homeland security

Emergency Management Core
EMGT 101Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes3
EMGT 150Homeland Security: An Exploration3
EMGT 435Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management3
Emergency Management Elective: Select one from the following3
Disaster Preparedness
Disaster Response
International Emergency Management
Expanded Electives: Select two from the following *6
Federal Law Enforcement & Crime Policy
Communication Law
Risk and Crisis Communication
Disaster Preparedness
Disaster Response
International Emergency Management
Terrorism
International Politics
Comparative Politics
Total Credits18
*

 Cannot count an EMGT elective core course taken toward the required 6 elective credits in this category.

Option Three: Risk and Resilience Management

Emergency Management Core
EMGT 101Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes3
EMGT 262Disaster Mitigation3
EMGT 264Disaster Recovery3
Emergency Management Elective: Select one from the following3
Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning
Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management
Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments
Vulnerability and Functional Needs in Emergency Management
Voluntary Agency Disaster Services
Expanded Electives: Select two from the following *6
Organizational Advocacy and Issue Management
Organizational Power and Leadership
Social Influence and Organizational Change
Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning
Spatial Analysis in Emergency Management
Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments
Vulnerability and Functional Needs in Emergency Management
Business Continuity and Crisis Management
Voluntary Agency Disaster Services
Citizenship & Social Activism
Community Assessment
Community Development
Total Credits18
*

  Cannot count an EMGT elective core course taken toward the required 6 elective credits in this category.

Option Four: Vulnerability and Capacity building

Emergency Management Core
EMGT 101Emergencies, Disasters, and Catastrophes3
EMGT 445Vulnerability and Functional Needs in Emergency Management3
EMGT 463Voluntary Agency Disaster Services3
Emergency Management Electives: Select one from the following3
Disaster Response
Disaster Recovery
Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments
Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Expanded Electives: Select two from the following *6
Intercultural Communication
Social Influence and Organizational Change
Disaster Preparedness
Disaster Response
Disaster Recovery
Hazard, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessments
Issues in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Business Continuity and Crisis Management
Family Science
Wellness and Aging
Citizenship & Social Activism
Children and Families Across Cultures
Cultural Diversity
Social Inequality
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Aging
Total Credits18
*

 Cannot count an EMGT elective core course taken toward the required 6 elective credits in this category.

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 9 credits must be taken at NDSU.