Feb 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin 
2020-2021 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, Emergency Preparedness Concentration BS

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Andrews University’s BS in Sociology, with a concentration in Emergency Preparedness provides students with an “all hazards” approach in understanding the emergency preparedness process which includes understanding the core tenants of emergency management: preparedness, prevention, response, recovery and mitigation. Students will develop skills in planning and preparing for emergencies, the management of operations during an emergency, the implementation of recovery efforts after an emergency, and the after action assessment process. Opportunities in also developing essential skills such as, ethical decision making, critical thinking, analytical inquiry, and strategic planning are part of the curriculum. The concentration will also prepare students to assess risk and vulnerability associated with natural and man-made disasters and terrorism. Key principles and methods of incident management of various types of disasters, including the collaboration with all stakeholders, will be examined. Students will have the opportunity to understand the emergency preparedness process in the context of a Christian worldview. Upon completion of the concentration, students will be able to work in various areas of emergency preparedness at the local, state or federal level, including non-governmental disaster relief agencies. 

Total Credits - 124

Additional Requirements

  • 27 credits must be selected from courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Majors are required to take the Major Field Test in Sociology during the semester prior to graduation.
  • It is expected that all majors will attend at least one professional conference before graduation.

Cognates - 11-15

Additional Information

Computer Policy

In the Behavioral Sciences, the computer is an indispensable tool for collecting and working with data, accessing scientific reports, and for writing and critical thinking. As a result, the Department of Behavioral Sciences requires students to have a laptop computer in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Students are responsible for maintaining their computer with the required software appropriate for the courses they are enrolled in as they progress through the curriculum. Use of the computer varies by course.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program a student will be able to:

  • Think critically about human thought and behavior in individuals, sociocultural and ecological systems.
  • Select credible sources of evidence from the behavioral sciences, and specifically in the area of sociology science.
  • Conduct effective research projects in sociology from design through data interpretation.
  • Apply ethical standards to scholarship and practice in Sociology.
  • Apply principles and skills from Sociology to serve their communities.
  • Write effectively about theories, data, and practice in Sociology.
  • Speak effectively about theories, data, and practice in Sociology.
  • Will prepare a professional plan for life after graduation.
  • Apply principles from Sociology to understand and influence the development of faith across the life span.
  • Know the key themes in relevant areas in Sociology.

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