Courses

FERM Courses

The FERM program consists of general education, required core, and elective courses.

For a full list of courses, view the FERM program course planner.

Coursework will help students can gain a better understanding of what it means to lead in the fire and emergency response management field.

The following list contains descriptions for the core courses and program electives.

Public Administration 221

Introduction to Public Administration (3 crs) (SS)

Historical role of administration in government; techniques and problems of executive leadership, finance, personnel, planning and control.

 

Public Administration 362

Public Personnel Administration (3 crs) (SS)

Personnel concepts and techniques in public organizations, staffing, career systems, affirmative action, public unionism, compensation, fringe benefits, motivation, evaluation, supervisor/supervisee relation, etc. Traditional, behavioral and reform approaches in personnel administration. 

Prerequisites: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

Public Administration 365

Politics of Emergency Management (3 crs) (SS)

This course will focus on the political processes, institutional structures, public policies and social phenomena associated with mitigating the likely effects of extreme events, responding to them and recovering from them. The courses is intended to help emergency managers develop an understanding of local, state, federal and intergovernmental politics affect and are affected by hazards, crises, disaster and other extreme events. 

Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

Public Administration 366

Emergency Planning and Administration (3 crs) (SS)

This course will introduce the concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency planning and administration. It is intended to provide students with the analytic tools and techniques they can use in ranking risks and anticipating crises and then developing and implementing strategic preparedness programs in the public sector. They will identify the various aspects of government and nonprofit planning for emergencies and show how these plans are tied to budgets, operational controls and public accountability. 

Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

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