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Department of Emergency Management

Dr. Sandy Smith, Head
Dean Hall, Room 110
(479) 498-6039
ssmith107@atu.edu
Fax: (479) 356-2091

Associate Professor:
Gray, Smith
Assistant Professors:
Bailey, Earls, Garner, Kallberg

The bachelor of science degree in Emergency Management (EAM) was established in 1997. Arkansas Tech University was one of the first institutions to offer a baccalaureate degree in this specialized and rapidly growing academic discipline. In 2006, the program became the first degree program to receive accreditation on a national as well as international level from the Foundation for Higher Education Accreditation in Emergency Management. In view of the interest in this degree from a wide geographic area including foreign countries, the degree is also available online as an electronic degree that was approved by the Higher Learning Commission in 2005. The program offers a master of science degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security for students seeking an advanced degree in the discipline.

The Department of Emergency Management at Arkansas Tech University is dedicated to:

  1. Increasing learning and knowledge by providing outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service for the university and community.
  2. Sustaining a department that supports faculty and students in their professional and intellectual growth.
  3. Educating students to become leaders in the emergency management discipline and to make a positive contribution to the field.

Interest in emergency management and its importance from the global perspective have increased following recent events related to natural and technological hazards, terrorism, and other Homeland Security issues. The degree supports advancement opportunities for career professionals in a broad range of discipline areas as well as appealing to students seeking careers in emergency management in both the private and public sectors.

The curriculum in the EAM degree is based on the following core competencies for emergency managers:

Management skills
Communication skills
Leadership and decision making skills within a team environment
Technical skills, systems and stadards
Political and legal contexts
Comprehensive emergency management contexts
Ethical and social contexts
Practical applications , Theory and Research

The curriculum requires all students to complete 42 hours of EAM core courses which include 12 hours of credit for externship/internship experiences. This focus of the program is designed to build a solid foundation in emergency management concepts, competencies, and demonstrated applications. Additionally, students are required to complete 15 hours in an administrative core and 21 hours in an interdisciplinary core, which can include courses in both the natural and social sciences. Students have the option of addressing the interdisciplinary core by completing a minor in an area approved by the advisor as long as the total coursework equals 21 hours.

Curriculum in Emergency Management

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Administrative3 3
TECH 1001 1 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 ENGL 2053 3 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3
Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 EAM 1013 3 EAM Core4 3 EAM Core4 3
EAM 1003 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
Administrative3,T 3 Administrative3,T 3 Administrative3,T 3 EAM 4106 6
EAM Core4 3 EAM Core4 3 EAM Core4 6 EAM 3206 6
Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 6
EAM 4023 3 EAM 4033 3  
ElectiveT 3 ElectiveT 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 Social Sciences1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Mathematics1,T 3 Science with Lab1,T 4 Science with Lab1,T 4 Administrative3,T 3
TECH 1001 1 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 ENGL 2053 3 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3
Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 EAM 1013 3 EAM Core4 3 EAM Core4 3
EAM 1003 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
Administrative3,T 3 Administrative3,T 3 Administrative3,T 3 EAM 4106 6
EAM Core4 3 EAM Core4 3 EAM Core4 6 EAM 3206 6
Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 3 Interdisciplinary Core2,T 6
EAM 4023 3 EAM 4033 3  
ElectiveT 3 ElectiveT 3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 12
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions "General Education Requirements".
2See Appropriate alternatives in "Interdisciplinary Core"
3See appropriate alternatives in "Required Administrative Core".
4See appropriate substitutions in "EAM Core"
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

EAM Core (30 hours)

The student will select with the advisor’s recommendation 30 hours of credit from the EAM Core courses. EAM 1003, EAM 1013, EAM 4023 and EAM 4033 are required classes for all students. In addition, all students must take 12 hours (EAM 3206 and EAM 4106) from the Practical Applications in addition to the 30 hours. Courses used in other categories, i.e. EAM Core, Administrative, or Interdisciplinary may not be counted in another category.

EAM 1003 Living in a Hazardous Environment
EAM 1013 Aim and Scope of Emergency Management
EAM 2033 Citizen/Family/Community Disaster Preparedness Education
EAM 3003 Developing Emergency Management Skills
EAM 3013 Public Policy Issues in Emergency Management
EAM 3023 Principles and Practice of Disaster Planning and Response Operations
EAM 3033 The Social Dimensions of Disaster
EAM 3123 Public Information Skills for Emergency Managers
EAM 3143 The Economics of Hazards and Disaster
EAM 3243 Introduction to Terrorism and Anti_Terrorism
EAM 4003 Principles and Practice of Disaster Relief and Recovery
EAM 4013 Business and Industry Crisis Management
EAM 4023 Information Technology and Emergency Management
EAM 4033 Emergency Management Research Methods/Analysis
EAM 4043 Disaster and Emergency Management Ethics
EAM 4053 Community Management of Hazardous Materials
EAM 4083 Introduction to Legal Issues in Emergency Management
EAM 4991-3 Special Problems and Topics

Practical Applications (12 hours)

EAM 3206 Externship
EAM 4106 Practicum/Internship

Administrative Core1 (15 hours)

The student will take ENGL 2053 Technical WritingT and select with the advisor’s recommendation 12 hours of credit from the following courses which are currently offered within each departmental area:

HA 4113/RP 4113 Personnel Management in Parks, Recreation, and Hospitality Administration
PS 3023 Professional Communications
PS 3133 Applied Principles of Personnel Management
SOC 2053/ PSY 2053 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
Any course from the College of Business (ACCT, BDA, BLAW, BUAD, ECON, and FIN)
Any COMS, JOUR, MATH, or SPH course
1Students must address any prerequisites for these courses
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university

Interdisciplinary Core1,2 (21 hours)

The student will select with the advisor’s recommendation 21 hours of credit from the following courses which are currently offered within each departmental area.

AHS 1023 Basic Pharmacology with an Overview of Microbiology
AHS 2013 Medical Terminology
ART 1163 Basic Digital Photography
ART 1503 Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 2213 Digital Skills for the Graphic Designer
BIOL 2004 Basic Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 2014 Human Anatomy
BIOL 3074 Human Physiology
ELEG 1012 Introduction to Electrical Engineering
FW 2003 Elements of Fish and Wildlife Management
GEOL 3174 Computer Applications in Geology
NUR 2023 Introduction to Professional Nursing
NUR 2303 Nurtrition
PHIL 2013 Religions of the World
PHIL 3023 Ethics
PHIL 3053 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 3103 Logic
WS 1091 Fitnes Walking/Jogging
Any CJ, SOC, or PSY course

1Students must address any prerequisites for these courses
2Students can complete the Interdisciplinary Core by minoring in one of the following subjects. If the minor doesn't total 21 hours, they can take an additional course from the above list.
Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Engineering Physics, Geography, Geology, History, Hospitality Administration, Journalism, Military Science/ROTC, Physical Science, Political Science, Psychology, Recreation and Park Administration, Sociology, Speech.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university

Minor Emergency Management

The minor in Emergency Management is designed to provide additional breadth for students majoring in related programs in the field of crisis and disaster management. The minor will require 18 hours of coursework emphasizing content in areas of human and physical consequences of natural and technological disasters along with mitigation procedures. Students may wish to minor in Emergency Management from disciplines listed in the Interdisciplinary Core such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science, Criminal Justice, Fisheries/Wildlife, International Studies, and Journalism.

*EAM 1003 Living in a Hazardous Environment
*EAM 1013 Aim and Scope of Emergency Management
Twelve hours of upper division EAM Core Classes
*Required for the Bachelor’s degree in EAM