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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education by learning how organizations plan for disaster scenarios.
The Emergency Administration and Planning minor is ideal for undergraduates interested in disasters and emergency management who are majoring in a compatible field, such as social and behavioral sciences, business, management, political science/public administration, geography and more. Students may take courses such as Disaster Response and Recovery, Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness, Social Vulnerability in Disasters, Emerging Technology and Disasters, and Public Health and Disasters.

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Why Earn an Emergency Administration and Planning Minor?

By studying Emergency Administration and Planning at UNT, you'll be part of a program with an esteemed legacy that continues to play an integral role in the North Texas region and beyond. Our curriculum guides students in developing valuable skills in disaster planning, creative problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal communication. Features of our program include:

  • Hands-on experience with large-scale disaster exercises in the field
  • Networking opportunities through local, state, national and international internships
  • Practical training in emergency management technologies at our state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) lab
Marketable Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Sociocultural literacy
  • Geographic literacy
  • Comprehensive emergency management
  • Professional ethics

Emergency Administration and Planning Minor Highlights

Our IAEM student chapter provides opportunities to participate in professionally relevant social, educational and training activities.
Many of our instructors have worked in emergency management for local governments, FEMA, the EPA and corporations in the private sector.
Faculty have conducted research in disasters both domestically and abroad, including earthquakes in Haiti, Turkey and Taiwan; floods in Thailand; Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey in the U.S.; and many other major events.
Courses provide foundational knowledge of disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in addition to applied research methods, EOC design and operations, social vulnerability and a senior capstone seminar.
The department’s faculty have earned multiple national awards from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Higher Education Program, received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, and served in advisory roles for such agencies as the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Career Outlook

Recent graduates are employed as:

  • Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Resilience Coordinator
  • Emergency Management Analyst
  • GIS Applications Administrator
  • Business Continuity Specialist

Recent graduates are employed by:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Tarrant County Office of Emergency Management
  • Dallas County Office of Emergency Management

Emergency Administration and Planning Minor Courses You Could Take

Principles of Emergency Management (3 hrs)
Introduction to the theory, principles, phases and processes of emergency and disaster management. Topics include hazard, risk, vulnerability and comprehensive emergency management. Course also examines alternative career paths, the evolution of the field and its future outlook.
Disaster Response and Recovery (3 hrs)
Theoretical examination and practical application of post-disaster management activities including human behavior in emergency situations, warning, evacuation, sheltering, triage, damage assessment, disaster declaration, debris removal, media relations, crisis counseling, individual and public assistance, and other relevant functions. Decision making, incident command, EOC operations, coordination and service delivery strategies are also discussed.
Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3 hrs)
Study of interpersonal relationships and organizational behavior as they apply to the field of emergency and disaster management. Topics include leadership, management, conflict resolution, influence and motivation.
Public Health and Disasters (3 hrs)
Discussion of the changing and unique role of the public health field in emergency management, paying special attention to epidemiology, integration with emergency services, medical/first responders, public safety, bio-terrorism preparedness and public/professional community education.
Managing Disasters at the National Level (3 hrs)
An overview of the historical and evolving role of the federal government in managing events of national significance is provided. Emphasis will be placed on exposing students to the roles, responsibilities, and interactions of local, state, federal governments, and the private and non-profit sectors in managing risks and disasters. Topics will include the National Response Framework, the National Incident Management System, disaster declarations, and other emerging issues.
Hazard Mitigation and Preparedness (3 hrs)
Theoretical examination and practical application of pre-disaster management activities including hazard and vulnerability analysis, structural and non-structural mitigation, capability assessment, planning, training, exercises and public education. Development planning, political advocacy and networking are heavily stressed.

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