Emergency management is the coordinated effort of highly trained professionals who respond quickly to all types of disasters to lessen the effects as much as possible on a community or its residents.
The University of Akron offers the only Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security of this type in the state of Ohio and one of only a few in the country. It is the only B.S. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.
Service learning is incorporated into coursework and joint projects with emergency management agencies in Summit and Medina counties, as well as such nonprofit agencies as the American Red Cross.
You are encouraged to gain practical professional experience with an internship. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in your area of interest within the field of emergency management.
Interact with other emergency management students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
A degree in emergency management opens the door to many career opportunities in such areas as:
With the growing number of natural and man-made disasters, emergency management has become a vital part of government and business. In addition, federal and state laws have increased the demand for individuals who are well-trained in emergency planning and preparedness.
The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to: