Global Security & Emergency Management

About the Program

  • Preparation for careers in the fields of homeland security and emergency management
  • Preparation for careers in social policy
  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Internships
  • Concentration in Forensic Criminology
  • Law Enforcement and Legal Processes courses
  • International Affairs courses
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world

Dane Rader, Global Security and Emergency Management major

From Terrorism to Natural Disasters

The Global Security and Emergency Management program provides students with the conceptual and research knowledge necessary to think critically about issues of security, from the threat of terrorism to the sovereignty of the nation to recovery from natural disasters. The program views global security and emergency management as a field of critical inquiry in which issues and policies have global implications. Starting with the assumption that security is an important value for all people and nations, the major explores the implications of security policy and the consequences of both insecurity and the quest for increased security at home and abroad.

Courses in the major build a base of knowledge and construct a process of evaluation and critical inquiry that prepares students for both professional training and graduate-level education.

The major program of study is committed to a solid examination of the social and cultural nature of security and threat while introducing students to the fundamental issues and concepts of security and disaster. This includes an understanding of the relationship between national security and political sovereignty, democracy, and international cooperation. Students are encouraged to examine the intended and unintended consequences of the security apparatus and to think comparatively and globally about security issues.

Students are encouraged to engage in one of several opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including studying abroad, internships, and participating in an “Inside/Out” course that takes place in a Philadelphia County prison.

Required courses in Sociology and Political Science provide students with the ability to think analytically and scientifically about issues within a social science framework. Included in this understanding is an awareness of the social and political implications of immigration policy, international law, terrorism and other threats to security.


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