Crisis Management Minor

Crisis Management Minor

Learn crisis management practices and prepare to contribute to a crisis management team. Crisis Management – often referred to as disaster management, emergency management, risk management, and continuity management – is the framework for which companies, communities, and organizations respond to natural and other disasters, including acts of terrorism, accidents, active shooter/threats, and pandemics. The focus of crisis management is on mitigating the risks and preparing for catastrophes and disasters. Crisis management requires that all levels of government, and non-governmental organizations, work together collaboratively to coordinate their emergency management response, contingency, and operational plans. Crisis management focuses on planning and responding to threats or actual disasters and recovering the community, and first responders, back to normal. 

Within the crisis management minor, you can pursue one of the following tracks: 

  • criminal justice leadership
  • human body/forensic anthropology 
  • human mind/mental health

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Why GU


Internships. Learn from instructors with first-hand, practical experiences in crisis management.  The opportunity for GU crisis management students to enhance their scholarship with experiential learning cannot be overstated.  Students are encouraged to pursue an internship through an Emergency Management agency, but students can determine which agency, including local agencies, state agencies, private organizations, or FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).  


Career opportunities. Crisis manager/crisis management professional for local and state government; hospitals, college, university, and professional schools; and professional, scientific, and technical services. 


Grow in skills. Enhance your ability to reduce risk of, prepare for, mitigate loss from, and respond to varying types of crises, recognizing that part of the recovery process necessitates care for those that have experienced trauma from the crisis or experienced trauma as responders to crises.  


Care. God calls us to love and care for all people, but repeatedly in the Bible those in need, those hurting, or those oppressed are emphasized of particularly deserving of our care and our service.  The care and service provided by crisis managers is doing God's work, in the pre-planning to mitigate risk and mitigate loss, in the response during the crisis, and in the trauma-informed care for those who lived through the crisis or responded to those in need.  

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Crisis Management Minor Course Requirements

The Crisis Management minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed for students who are interested in crisis or emergency response, preparation, and planning. Crisis management has applicable information for those interested in careers in criminal justice, public management, business management, and a variety of other fields. The minor consists of 21-26 credits, including:

Foundational, required, courses:

  • CRJS 311: Intro to Homeland Security
  • CRJS 361: Policies and Agencies
  • CRJS: Trauma Informed Care for Crisis Responders
  • Intro to Crisis management
  • AND Complete 4 elective courses from approved list.

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