2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Emergency Management, B.A. (Offered only online through WorldWide)

The B.A. in Emergency Management provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in an increasingly important and dynamic discipline.  The program is designed to prepare individuals from the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, as well as the military, to manage the diverse challenges facing our nation as a result of recent disaster events and complex global threats.  Students are exposed to the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are necessary for effectively managing a wide range of critical incidents.  Throughout the program, students will examine various challenges, as well as current trends, impacting the field of emergency management.  In addition, students will identify best practices for effectively leading organizations in times of crisis.
By most accounts, emergencies and disasters are increasing in both number and level of severity in the United States and around the globe.  More than ever, organizations and communities must have knowledgeable and well-trained professionals capable of dealing with a myriad of threats and corresponding risks.  Those organizations and communities that are proactive in this important arena will undoubtedly be in a much better position to have the leadership and resources in place to manage complex critical incidents.    

The Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management will consist of 9 Core courses (27 credits) that will provide a foundation to the field.  In addition, students will need to complete an additional 4 elective courses (12 credits).  Presently, a Concentration in Fire Science is available with the following 4 courses: Principles of Fire and Emergency Services; Fire Prevention Organization and Management; Community Risk Reduction for the Fire and Emergency Services, and Fire and Emergency Services Administration.  
Our convenient online delivery format is ideal for public safety professional s or others seeking a regionally accredited education that fits their personal schedules.   


Technology Competency Skills

Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills                                             

Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.

Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Education majors should complete EDU 228: Educational Technology to fulfill the technology requirement. Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:

A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion of the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.

Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:

Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass. 

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

Fire Science Specialization

Complete these courses in lieu of the 4 courses in the general major for the Fire Science Specialization.

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 120