Emergency Management (Minor)

Emergency Management (Minor)

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Emergency management encompasses the coordination and supervision of resources and responsibilities that helps communities mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

Students completing this minor will have a composite view of emergency management—and its integral role in homeland security and resilience—and how to design emergency management and continuity of operations plans as well as how to design and evaluate exercises in both the public and private sectors.  This minor prepares you with knowledge of emergency management strategies, tools and policies that are essential to related careers in government, the private sector and nonprofit entities.


The emergency management minor requires students to complete five courses (20 credits). All five courses applied to emergency management minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and an overall GPA of 2.0.

Required courses:

HLS 510 – Fundamentals in Emergency Management

HLS 515 – Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience

GEOG 560 – Natural Disasters & Human Disasters

GEOG 591 – Making Maps: GIS Fundamentals

Select one from the following:

ADMN 575 – Behavior in Organizations

BUS 620 or ADMN 625 – Organizational Behavior

DATA 557 – Introduction to Data Science & Analytics

GEOG 658 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 760 – GIS in Natural Resources

HLS 630 – Sports and Large Event Security

HLS 665 – Bioterrorism, Biosecurity and Biodefense

To seek approval for courses not on this list or for additional information about the emergency management minor, contact James Ramsay, Homeland Security Program Coordinator.

Upon completion of the emergency management minor, students should be able to: 

  • Define emergency management as a discipline, its role in domestic human security, resilience and national security; and recognize and understand problems and challenges faced by the discipline.
  • Define, appraise and evaluate natural and human disasters and their causes.
  • Understand the dynamics of critical infrastructure security and resilience in the emergency management/homeland security enterprise.
  • Apply basic geographic information system technology and techniques.
  • Design and evaluate an operations-based (i.e., a drill or functional) or a discussion-based (i.e., a simulation or tabletop) exercise.
  • Identify United States legislation supporting emergency management authority, preparation, mitigation, response and recovery activities.
  • Employ interdisciplinary social science research methods.
  • Convey complex information and concepts in verbal and written media.
  • Design an emergency management plan, a continuity of operations plan and conduct an organization-wide risk assessment.