Homeland Security & Emergency Management

The SSU Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program (HSEM) program is built on the existing body of knowledge in homeland security and emergency management as well as current and developing research, with an emphasis on improving the resilience of communities and the infrastructure on which they and our nation depend. The program prepares students to move into public and private sector positions in these growing fields.

The HSEM program uses an interdisciplinary approach, preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to leverage and coordinate the full range of capacity and resources to improve outcomes in a disaster – whether natural or human-caused.  The program offers students knowledge specific to different types and causes of disaster, lessons from past disasters, and both comprehensive and hazard-specific practices that lead to effective prevention, protection, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.  

The SSU HSEM program is the only bachelor’s degree program in homeland security and/or emergency management in the state of Georgia and the first in the nation at a historically black college/university.

The major leads to the bachelor's degree in homeland security and emergency management.  Students must earn 125 hours to graduate, with 36 semester hours in major required courses and no requirement for a subject area minor. 

A 15-hour minor in HSEM is available for students majoring in other disciplines. A certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management also is available.  

Homeland Security & Emergency Management Grid

Overview of the HSEM curriculum, including course descriptions can be found here.

For more information, email hsem@savannahstate.edu.

HSEM program faculty:

Emily Bentley, J.D., coordinator
Norbert Chandler, M.P.A.
Terri Clay, M.P.A.