Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: January, 30, 2023
Date of Second Reading: February 27, 2023
Title of Motion: Request from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions – School of Public Affairs – for the establishment of undergraduate degree – BS in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The program provides students with an understanding of the political and social implications of disasters, terrorism and national security. Students gain the skills and knowledge to understand and manage natural and manmade threats and manage complex projects in response. Coursework covering risk assessment, cross-boundary collaboration and rapid resource mobilization, with practical skills such as operations continuity management, oversight of emergency operations centers, and techniques and best practices for developing prevention programs provide students with the tools to analyze complex situations and provide decision-making tools important for emerging leaders in the field.