BA in Emergency and Disaster Management

Bachelor of Arts

The Emergency Management Degree from Ohio Christian University will provide the necessary preparations and qualifications to work in the emergency and disaster relief fields. Emergency Management is made up of three major sub-fields: Government, Non-Profit, and Private organizations. The curriculum within the Emergency Management program at OCU will provide the foundations for success in all three. This program seeks to provide a rigorous academic program deliberately coupled with actual field work; creating a more proficient and practiced graduate.  


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Evidence competence in the dual fields of Emergency and Disaster Management in preparation for private or public-sector employment.
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of Emergency and Disaster Management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies and disasters.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the field of Emergency and Disaster Management.
  • Analyze the existing and desired structure, climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is Emergency and Disaster Management.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization’s operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.



MG112 Business Communications 3 credits

This course is designed to address and strengthen students’ skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms. Specific emphasis will be given to communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.

MG328 Business Analytics & Statistics 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students the methods and tools to interpret, evaluate, and analyze business data and determine the appropriate statistical methods to use in decision-making in business. This course will especially focus on the interpretation and integrity of charts, graphs, and other numerical and statistical presentation of data. Particular emphasis will be given to the impacts of probability, distribution, sampling, simple linear regression, and correlation analysis on the various methods of presenting of business information. 

General Education Math Credit

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry or other vocations. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.


MG322 Business Ethics 3 credits

This course will analyze and evaluate ethical and legal dilemmas facing individuals and business organizations. This is an inter-disciplinary course integrating and applying a Christian worldview and biblical principles to decision-making in business.

MG101 Introduction to Business
MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

SS328 American Political Institutions I 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions. Course topics include the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.

MG411 Business Law I
POL201 Introduction to Political Science

Offered every fall.


RELIGION - 18 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

This class enables students to apply the theology of a Christian Worldview to real world circumstances. Students will apply a Christian Worldview to the postmodern path to faith. They will demonstrate tolerance in dialog with persons who espouse faiths and philosophies different than their own. Additionally, special attention will be paid to self-reflection regarding the level of fidelity they maintain to their own worldviews. Many of the class assignments will require the student to work in the context of a team.

SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.


Students must complete two of these.

EM206 Trauma Healing & Compassion Fatigue 3 credits

Those involved in disaster work operate in environments that impose high stress, often referred to as compassion fatigue.  A large portion of the course will be the development of personal disciplines (emotional, physical, spiritual) in maintaining a prolonged presence in settings of high stress.  Disastrous situations have plagued man since the beginning of history and will continue to occur until the end of time.  Educated and trained individuals with knowledge and skills for managing their emotional, physical, and spiritual selves can lessen the impact of these occurrences.


EM210 Emergency & Disaster Management Conferences 0 credits

The student will attend an emergency or disaster management focused conference or workshop during their time at OCU.  These include international, national and state level conferences or workshops.  The emergency management program will provide a list of acceptable workshops and conferences, but others may also be accepted with the permission of the program director.  

Students must complete one of these.

EM305 Politics and Policy in Emergency Management 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the concepts and basic descriptive information about the political system within the context of disaster policy and demonstrates how political factors play a role in all phases of emergency management—regardless of the type or nature of the disaster event. This course provides practical information drawn from disaster policy studies and case studies. This information is (wherever possible) reviewed for findings that can be generalized, that is, for lessons that are applicable to future disasters and emergencies.


EM404 International Development 3 credits

This course is intended to develop an understanding of key issues and dilemmas encountered in the international development field. The issues covered include the history, concepts and theories of the development field; the role of non-profits as global players; the most urgent development issues in the non-Western world, a look at the current dilemmas for action, and the key actors and institutions who have, and continue to shape the development field.  Special attention will be given to the role of emergency management and how it fits into the overall field of international development.


EM203 Grant Writing and Organizational Development 3 credits

As philanthropy continues to grow, so too does the number of grant makers and grant seekers.  This course will focus on equipping individuals and nonprofit organizations with the tools to manage, achieve, and preserve financial strength in order to carry out their missions.  The class will provide the essential components of organizing, structuring, and presenting a project for successful grant funding from either public or private sources. A well-educated and trained individual with knowledge and skills for managing such things will be an asset in the field and can help lessen a disaster’s impact on society. 

Students must complete six of these.

MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG304 Leadership Forum II 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

Students must complete three of these.

ELECTIVES - 19 hours