Program Overview

Georgia Perimeter College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management for students who are interested in learning about the department of homeland security and related organizations in preparation for careers in fields related to emergency management. Through the program, students may prepare for roles and responsibilities within emergency management fields by learning about the nature of man-made and natural emergencies and the processes involved in the response to an event. Students may learn about critical aspects of emergency management in order to develop strategies to mitigate threats to people, facilities, and information dependent critical infrastructure.

Students in the program will study through a curriculum which emphasizes the role of response within homeland security organizations. Those classes include Introduction to National Incident Management System and National Response Framework, Living in a Hazardous Environment, Principles and Practices of Emergency Management, and Citizen and Community Disaster Preparedness.

Students who successfully complete this degree should have proven their capability in understanding the theoretical concepts and practices of emergency management relating to homeland security and other safety organizations, and should also understand the concepts involved in the managerial approaches that are a part of the processes involved in emergency management. Graduates should be able to critically analyze the emergency phases relating to natural emergencies in urban and rural settings.

Furthermore, students should be able to demonstrate competency in assessing risk susceptibility, resilience, resistance, and vulnerability among communities and organizations, to critically evaluate the role and purpose of response and recovery in emergency planning and policy development and implications for social change, and to demonstrate advanced management skills specific to the needs of emergency management.

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    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Perimeter College was founded in 1964 as DeKalb College, a two-year college in Clarkston governed by the DeKalb County Board of Education. The institution grew, opening additional campuses in the county before becoming part of the University System of Georgia in 1986. The college continued to expand and, in 1998, changed its name to Georgia Perimeter College to reflect its broad footprint in the metro Atlanta area. Perimeter College is a diverse, multi-campus urban research university in metropolitan Atlanta. The college is the major provider of associate degrees and student transfer opportunities in Georgia and a gateway to higher education, easing students’ entry into college-level study. 

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