The emergency management major is available both live, in person and remote, live. This means you can complete the major in our classrooms on campus OR take our courses from wherever you live at the same time and day as the "in person" students. Our active pedagogy provides the theoretical and practical knowledge essential to the effective practice of emergency management in the public, private and non-profit sectors AND the opportunity to apply that knowledge through discussion, activity, and service learning projects. Whether in person or remote, you will be engaged, learn, and have a sense of belonging, and experience these things while focused on an important topic! Emergency management is “a managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerabilities to hazards and cope with disasters. Emergency management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters” (Principles of Emergency Management, 2007).
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 four program attributes:
- Provide an 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.);
- Support effective practice by providing an evidence-based focus on the research and science critical to the field;
- Promote and foster experiential opportunities through focused class activities and required internships;
- Develop skills necessary to the effective practice of emergency management (e.g., communication; collaboration; teamwork; leadership; critical thinking; problem-solving, etc.).
The Department of Emergency Management has five faculty members. Each faculty member possesses broad-based expertise in emergency management, as well as specialized expertise in their areas of practice and scholarly activity. In fact, four of the five have doctoral degrees in emergency management--a situation that exists no where else in the country. The diversity in faculty interests, experience and expertise create a rich environment for students to learn, build relationships, and be mentored.
Beyond the major, students are encouraged to plan a curriculum that leverages both general education coursework and requirement to complete a minor to advance their career interests and goals. Our faculty advisors are eager to meet with students to help them develop those plans. The Department also provides an orientation guide with a list of recommended general education courses that are complimentary to the major to support student choices and other guidance to support curriculum planning.
Transfer students who have completed an Associates of Arts (AA), or an Associates of Science (AS), or an Associates of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree, the minor requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree will be waived. These two instances of transfer could save a student 16-24 credits or 5 to 8 classes. In addition, the department also values the service of our military men and women, and as of Fall 2020, current and former military men and women can save up to a semester when pursuing an undergraduate degree in emergency management. If NDSU's Office of Registration and Records recognizes 15 or more credits of your military training as transferable, students do not have to complete the Bachelor of Science minor requirement.
An internship is required for the major. Internships are typically completed in a student’s junior or senior year. The internship experience allows students to combine theoretical and applied aspects of emergency management. Internships are designed to meet each student’s career goals. As such, internship opportunities are as varied as students’ career goals and can include working in a variety of local, national or international settings. Internships are essential for student development and are a key factor in successful job placement.
An emergency management degree prepares students for career opportunities across all sectors, all industries and all locations. The emergency management function, while structured in a variety of ways in different government, private sector, and non-profit organizations, plays an essential role in maintaining safe and secure operations that protect the entity’s interests. Career opportunities in emergency management exist at all levels of government, across all government agencies, in all developing countries; private sector companies as both a site-based and corporate function; public schools and higher education institutions; hospital and healthcare facilities; non-profit organizations as part of a primary disaster mission or general operational mission; critical infrastructure industries; museums, malls, stadiums, and event centers; and other organizations or entities that manage facilities or services subject to hazards or operational interruptions that can result in harm to individuals, property or the organization.