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B.A. in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Mgmt. at Camden

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Program Information

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Rowan University's Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides rigorous academic preparation for students seeking advanced professional education in this growing field. The program is designed to include homeland security education and training for a career in international, national, state, and local disaster preparedness, emergency management, and safety areas with an emphasis on urban environments. In addition to providing students with a broad understanding of safety and security issues, the Rowan University Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management degree program focuses on several vital components of the emergency management field:

  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Intelligence Sharing and Analysis

The B.A. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management program will prepare you to establish or grow your career in a variety of industries and settings that focus on emergency rescue and response including: homeland security, hospitals, municipal emergency management, county emergency management, safety management, intelligence analysis, private security, airports, state and local law enforcement, federal law enforcement, customs investigators, special agents, military service and border security and patrol.

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Rowan University requires the completion of 120 semester hours (30 S.H. must be at Rowan University) of approved general education (Freshmen beginning Fall 2018 or later must meet Rowan Core requirements) and major coursework in order to graduate with a bachelor's degree. The B.A. Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is a full or part-time program (upper level courses are offered on the Camden campus), that provides students with 33 of the required semester hours in the major. Students must also choose and complete coursework in one of the following focus areas (6 S.H.):

  • Focus Area 1: Public Administration and Policy for Crisis Decision Leadership
  • Focus Area 2: Justice, Safety and Homeland Security Administration
  • Focus Area 3: Emergency Health Preparedness and Biomedical Safety

The following courses are offered on the Camden Campus and make up the B.A. in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. 

  • 60 Semester Hours

    • Required Courses: 33 semester hours
    • Research Methods Courses: 3 semester hours
    • Approved Internship / Field Experience Courses: 3 semester hours (6 semester hours are recommended)
    • Non-Program Required Courses: 21 semester hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 33 S.H.
DPEM 00101 Intro to Emergency Management and Homeland Security 3
DPEM 00310 Critical Infrastructure 3
DPEM 00311 Incident Command: Theory and Practice 3
LAWJ 05236 International Terrorism 3
DPEM 00391 Natural and Technological Hazards 3
SOC 08429 Organizational Response to Disasters and Crisis 3
SOC 08328 Sociology of Disasters and Crisis 3
DPEM 00410 Public Leader in Crisis Management and Communication 3
DPEM 00400 Disaster Planning, Mitigation and Recovery 3
  Focus Area Courses (selected in consultation with academic advisor) 6
Research Methods (choose one): 3 S.H.
LAWJ 05380 Criminal Justice Research Methods 3
POSC 07360 Methodology and Statistics in Political Science Research 3
SOC 08375 Sociological Research Methods 3
Approved Internship/Field Experience: 3 S.H. are required, 6 S.H. are recommended
DPEM 43495 Internship in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management 3
EDPA 02490 Public Service Internship 3
SOC 08494 Sociology Field Experience 3
LAWJ 05356 Criminal Justice Interns 3
Non-Program Required Courses: 21 S.H. 
PSY 01107 Essentials of Psychology 3
STAT 02100 Elementary Statistics 3
POSC 07110 American Government 3
GEOG 16160 Intro to Mapping and GIS 3
SOC 08120 Intro to Sociology 3
  Economics course 3
  Philosophy/Religion Studies course 3
  • Choose between STAT 02100 or STAT 02260 Statistics I
  • Choose between GEOG 16160 or LAWJ 05381 Crime Mapping and Crime Analysis I
  • Choose between SOC 08120 or SOC 08121 Intro to Soc for Premeds

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Associate's Degree or 24 semester hours of transferable college credits
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
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