Chilton Hall, Room 122
1155 Union Circle #310637
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: emds.hps.unt.edu
Gary R. Webb, Chair
The Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science educates students in the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of emergency management. The department’s programs aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the emergency management profession and prepare them for graduate studies. Primary emphasis is placed upon the human dimensions of hazards and disasters and enhancing community and societal resilience to a wide range of threats.
The department is home to the emergency administration and planning program, which was established in 1983 as the nation’s first bachelor’s degree program in emergency management. Since the program’s inception, the department has maintained close relationships with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 6 headquarters in Denton. Due to its close proximity to campus, students have opportunities to visit the facilities and FEMA representatives regularly serve as guest lecturers in classes.
The department’s faculty come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds and bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. They have written books on emergency management topics and they have been published in many of the top scholarly journals on hazards, disaster and emergency management. Importantly, faculty have received significant external funding for their research from numerous sources, including the National Science Foundation and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Undergraduate majors take a series of core courses that provide a foundation for understanding the key phases of disasters, including preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. Students expand their knowledge in these areas by selecting from a broad range of emergency management electives on such topics as terrorism, floodplain management, private sector issues and international disasters. To apply knowledge and skills learned in classes, students also participate in an internship program, which gives them valuable hands-on experience working for various organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
CoursesEmergency Administration and Planning