Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
For a listing of the courses for the Emergency Management major, visit Curriculum Requirements.
Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and the Joplin, Mo., tornado require educated and competent emergency managers, and demand for these abilities continues to increase. A degree in emergency management gives students the skills they need to help communities prevent, respond to, and recover from crisis situations.
Emergency management focuses on improving preparedness to alleviate both the short- and long-term effects of emergency situations. Our major in Emergency Management brings together multiple sectors including law enforcement, the military, emergency medical services, social services and the business community.
Additional Degree Options
- Pre-Med Track: For students looking to go on to medical school, this specialized track combines traditional pre-med science requirements with emergency management courses.
- Medical Scholars Track: Students also have the opportunity to apply for the Medical Scholars Program, an exclusive opportunity for freshman applicants who plan to attend medical school.
- Honors Courses: For students interested in the stimulating academic experiences and intellectual challenges provided by the Honors Program, which offers Honors core courses.
Emergency management is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the country. Recent disasters have also highlighted the need for competent emergency management professionals who can be effective leaders in high-stress situations. Just a few careers in emergency management include:
Upon completion of the bachelor's degree in emergency management, students will have completed a majority of the requirements for the International Association of Emergency Managers Certification (IAEM). Many employers require this certification for new positions.
All Saint Louis University students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by participating in a study abroad program. SLU has a campus located in Madrid, Spain, where students can study abroad for a semester while earning SLU credits.
Student Activity and Service Opportunities
SLU has a strong service-learning component. Students can embody SLU's Jesuit mission by using the knowledge they gain in the classroom to serve others. Service learning also provides valuable field experience for emergency management students, and it helps them to be more connected with the St. Louis community and communities around the world through immersion trips and other opportunities.
Students can work as volunteers at organization around St. Louis and participate in university-wide service events such as Make A Difference Day. Students can also become members of the Public Health Undergraduate Student Association (PHUSA) to get to know other emergency management students, allowing them to be more connected and encounter additional service, internship and leadership opportunities.
Classes for the Emergency Management major are taught by practice-based faculty members who are licensed emergency managers with decades of experience in emergency management and homeland security.
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