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Choose a minor in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Ball State, and you’ll graduate with crucial skills to complement a career in government agencies, the private sector, and other settings. This minor has been quite popular over the past decade among many Ball State majors.

Our interdisciplinary program of study focuses on the skills and practices of emergency planning, management, and response including natural disasters; chemical, biological, and radiological incidents; and acts of terrorism.

Imagine an example scenario: A train carrying hazardous chemicals derails near downtown and releases its contents. How does a response team protect the local population from exposure? How do they mobilize to effectively detect, contain, and clean up the material? How to decontaminate citizens in a timely manner?

Another scenario: A terrorist organization claims to have placed radioactive material in an office complex. How does the response group organize into strike teams, evacuate building occupants, detect the device, and decontaminate occupants and responders? How does a response agency inform the public of the release while avoiding rumors and panic?

This minor is a good companion to majors in:

What You Will Learn

This program combines aspects of the technical sciences (for example, biology, health science, meteorology) with the social sciences to provide career opportunities in a variety of disciplines. You will learn about issues including:

  • Emergency response
  • Homeland Security agencies and their responsibilities 
  • Terrorism - mitigation, preparedness, and response
  • Preparedness and response to natural disasters
    Weapons of mass destruction

Program Requirements


If you want to learn more about this minor, email us.

The emergency planning and management minor curriculum consists of a total 24 credits. These credits are divided equally into two basic components: required courses and directed elective courses.

Total Credits: 24


Courses which are required or recommended for the minor include:

  • EMHS 351 Intro Emergency Management
  • EMHS 352 Science WMDs Technological Hazards
  • EMHS 355 International and Domestic Terrorism 
  • EMHS 350 Hazmat Health and Safety

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Enroll in this Minor

To enroll, please visit the office of Upper Advising in the Arts and Communication Building (AC), room 224.

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