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University Catalog

Emergency Management / Homeland Security Study Sequence (Associate of Arts in General Studies)

Vision Statement

The Emergency Management/Homeland Security program at UMFK offers a liberal arts education with an emphasis in public administration, emergency management and public safety. The degree program is designed to academically-prepare students with the professional skills to seek employment or advancement in public service, governmental and nongovernmental management and public safety, including law enforcement, and the criminal justice system at the federal, state, regional and local levels.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Emergency Management/Homeland Security program at UMFK is to educate students about institutions, systems, and practices related to emergency management, as well their historical context and current issues; law enforcement and the criminal justice system with an emphasis on rural issues; develop intellectual curiosity, analytical skills and academic scholarship; provide opportunities for community service, service-learning projects, and field experience; and to prepare students for professional employment opportunities in the field.


Program Description / Goals

The Emergency Management/Homeland Security program provides a liberal arts/public management background for students interested in a career in public service and public safety administration.


Program Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education Requirements 29 credits
Emergency Management/Homeland Security Requirements
PSA 122 GIS and GPS for Public Safety Professionals OR  
    GEO 280     GIS Applications I 3 credits
PSA 221 Ethics and Community 3 credits
PSA 222 Terrorism 3 credits
PSA 270 Disaster Management 3 credits
PSA 311 Homeland Security & Emergency Management 3 credits
PSA 316 Public Administration & Emergency Management 3 credits
PSA 333 National Incident Management Systems 3 credits
  Electives 10 credits
Total 60 credits

Recommended Support Courses

CRN Course Name Credits
ECO 101 Introduction to Microeconomics* 3 credits
BUS 211 Principles of Business* 3 credits
BUS 219 Business and Professional Speaking* 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics* 3 credits

*(Required core courses for consideration should you pursue the Bachelors of Science in Rural Public Safety Administration degree)


Techniques for Assessment

Students are assessed in all classes using various means including written and oral assignments, quizzes, midterm and final exams, and research projects. Courses also may utilize case studies, term papers, and team projects and presentations to enhance the students understanding and knowledge. Graduates are required to complete an alumni survey and provide feedback regarding the quality and effectiveness of the education received.


Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
PSA 122 GIS & GPS for Public Safety Professionals 3 credits
  General Education - Oral Communication 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
PSA 222 Terrorism 3 credits
PSA 311 Homeland Security & Emergency Management 3 credits
  General Education - Natural Sciences 4 credits
  General Education - Arts & Humanities 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education - Arts & Humanities 3 credits
PSA 316 Public Administration and Emergency Management 3 credits
PSA 333 National Incident Management System 3 credits
PSA 221 Ethics and Community 3 credits
  General Education - Quantitative Reasoning 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
PSA 270 Disaster Management 3 credits
  General Education - Behavioral & Social Sciences 3 credits
  Electives 7 credits
Total 13 credits