Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

Earn Your Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Grand Canyon University prepares graduates to have the leadership abilities and communications skills to work in crisis situations. Homeland security focuses on the efforts to reduce terrorist attacks and to coordinate responses that minimizes damages, should attacks occur. Emergency management encompasses preparedness, response and recovery during and after dangers and hazards.

Why GCU’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management BS Degree

The BS in Homeland Security and Emergency Services degree program at GCU is housed within the Colangelo College of Business. These means that graduates get both an understanding of emergency management, as well as learning the business and leadership skills needed to perform practices related to emergency planning.

The GCU homeland security degree program focuses on four domains to ensure students have both the theoretical and practical knowledge to keep communities prepared and safe These domains are:

  • Emergency management frameworks and practice:
    Focused on FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal, this domain teaches students- protection, prevention, mitigation, response and recovery techniques and skills.
  • Organizational management and leadership:
    Students learn to manage budgets and resources related to emergency management
  • Research and critical thinking:
    Skills learned in this domain help graduates analyze and evaluate evidence to create strategies and plans for dealing with disasters and mitigating risks during potential crisis situations.
  • Ethic, relationship building and community engagement:
    Students develop options for managing communications during emergency situations and look at how preparing the community ahead of time came reduce the impact of disasters.

The Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management at GCU is only offered online. This makes it the perfect option for working professionals looking to switch careers or elevate themselves within their current jobs.

Study Topics in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The degree in homeland security from GCU is a unique one because it is taught through the university’s perspective of a Christian worldview. This means this degree highlights the servant leadership aspect of working in homeland security and emergency management careers. Graduates of the homeland security bachelor’s degree focus on the moral and ethical obligations of public service. The program also highlights the important of equitable distribution of resources and access to community programs.

The topics studied in this degree program also include:

  • Designing emergency action plans
  • Studying local, state and federal emergency preparedness guidelines
  • Managing budgets and resources
  • Performing hazard analysis
  • Communication in high-risk contexts
  • Creating community response plans
  • Analyzing mass care operations
  • Training community members

What You Can Do with a Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Graduates of the GCU BS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be prepared to assess, combat and provide relief from any number of potential threats. Graduates may go on to work as:

  • Emergency management directors
  • Emergency planners
  • Homeland security officers
  • Recovery specialists
  • Security managers
  • Police supervisors

If being of service to your local, state and national community is your highest calling, then it is time for you to follow your path to a career in public service. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree at GCU today.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 120
Online: 7 weeks [More Info]
TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:

Online: $470 per credit [More Info]

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
36 credits
Open Elective Credits:
44-50 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the Department of Homeland Security and the national preparedness goal, including its mission areas and core capabilities. Students learn the key principles, participants, functions, structures, and challenges within the discipline with a focus on a systematic, community-based, all-hazard approach to emergency management. This course also includes concepts related to accreditation of emergency management programs and professional associations, credentials, and certifications.

Course Description

Drawing upon real-world management situations, this course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations through detailed coverage of the functions of management, individual differences/diversity, leadership, motivation, decision making, organizational design, and organizational change and development. Emphasis is placed on how an understanding of organizational behavior leads to effective management practice.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course focuses on the mission area of protection, with an emphasis on the capabilities necessary to protect the country from acts of terrorism and manmade and natural disasters. Students integrate knowledge of risk and vulnerability assessment and operational structures, resources, and processes to develop comprehensive measures to secure the nation and its interests against varied threats. Prerequisite: EMM-301.

Course Description

This course examines the processes and principles of mitigation planning for emergency management. Students examine the benefits of mitigation and the development and implementation of appropriate mitigation measures to reduce the impact of disasters on people and the environment. Prerequisite: EMM-301.

Course Description

This course explores the dimensions of domestic and international terrorism and focuses on the core capabilities necessary for preventing terrorist acts. Students examine the role of intelligence and information sharing, security measures, and methods of disruption used for impeding terrorism. Prerequisite: EMM-301.

Course Description

The knowledge and practice gained in this course provide the emergency manager with management and supervision skills and techniques critical to success in the emergency services environment. Focus is on practices necessary for saving lives, protecting the built and natural environment, and providing for the populace following a disaster. Prerequisite: EMM-301.

Course Description

This course addresses disaster recovery and the core capabilities required to promote comprehensive recovery within communities impacted by disaster. Students examine issues related to restoring infrastructure, businesses and the economy, and human and environmental health. Prerequisite: EMM-301.

Course Description

This course is a study of the challenges associated with managing projects within the context of the overarching management framework of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Emphasis is placed on balancing competing priorities related to human recourses, time constraints, and physical resources/materials, as well as managing and controlling project scope.

Course Description

In this writing-intensive course, students demonstrate competence in emergency management through the development of an individual project. Students select an aspect of emergency management and complete a project that demonstrates knowledge of core capabilities and critical thinking and accounts for the complexities of dealing with emergencies and disasters. Prerequisites: EMM-306, EMM-311, EMM-400, EMM-412, EMM-450, and MGT-440.

Program Locations

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (48 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.