Shawn Steadman, KC*HS, MArch, MEP, PCP, discusses emergency management at SLU
Disasters such as Super Storm Sandy, the Boston Marathon, the Haiti earthquake and the Joplin, Mo., tornado require educated and competent emergency managers and homeland security experts.
The demand for these professionals continues to rise. A degree in emergency management gives undergraduate students the skills they need to help communities prepare, prevent, respond to, and recover from crisis situations. Emergency management focuses on improving community resilience to alleviate both the short- and long-term effects of emergency situations.
This major focuses on multiple sectors including communication, firefighting, emergency management, public health and medical, search and rescue, hazardous materials, law enforcement, the military, social services and business continuity.
Additional Degree Options
Emergency management is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the country. Recent large-scale disasters have highlighted the need for competent professionals who can be effective crisis leaders in high-stress situations. Examples of careers in emergency management include:
Upon completion of the bachelor's degree in emergency management, students will have completed a majority of the requirements for the International Association of Emergency Managers Certification (IAEM), Associate Emergency Manager (AEM). Many employers require this certification for new positions.
All Saint Louis University students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by participating in a study abroad program. SLU has a campus located in Madrid, Spain, where students can study abroad for a semester while earning SLU credits.
Student Activity and Service Opportunities
SLU has a strong service-learning component. Students can embody SLU's Jesuit mission by using the knowledge they gain in the classroom to serve others. Service learning also provides valuable field experience for emergency management students, and it helps them to be more connected with the St. Louis emergency management and homeland security community and communities around the world through immersion trips and other opportunities.
Students can work as volunteers at organization around St. Louis such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or Catholic Charities, Fire Departments or Emergency Operations Centers. Students can also become members of the Public Health Club to get to know other students, allowing them to be more connected and encounter additional service, volunteer and leadership opportunities.