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Bachelor of Arts

This program offers the student a double major in Emergency & Disaster Management and Business. This will provide the necessary preparations and qualifications to work in both an emergency/disaster vocation and a business environment.  The graduate of this double major will have greater career opportunities than either of the majors alone. While this program will allow for a graduate to work in the business world in general, the graduate will have the necessary education to develop the niche of emergency and disaster management.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Evidence competence in the dual fields of Emergency & Disaster Management and Business in preparation for private or public-sector employment. 
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of Emergency and Disaster Management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies and disasters. 
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the field of Emergency and Disaster Management, Business, and Government. 
  • Analyze the existing and desired structure, climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is Emergency and Disaster Management. 
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization's operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits

SI131 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

This course includes rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.

Prerequisite:
SI122
High School Algebra I

Offered every spring.

or

SI152 College Algebra 3 credits

This pre-calculus algebra course includes equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.

Prerequisite:
SI131
Placement test.

Offered every other fall.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

MG328 Business Analytics & Statistics 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students the methods and tools to interpret, evaluate, and analyze business data and determine the appropriate statistical methods to use in decision-making in business. This course will especially focus on the interpretation and integrity of charts, graphs, and other numerical and statistical presentation of data. Particular emphasis will be given to the impacts of probability, distribution, sampling, simple linear regression, and correlation analysis on the various methods of presenting of business information. 

Prerequisite:
General Education Math Credit

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

MG112 Business Communications 3 credits

This course is designed to address and strengthen students’ skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms. Specific emphasis will be given to communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

or

MG322 Business Ethics 3 credits

This course will analyze and evaluate ethical and legal dilemmas facing individuals and business organizations. This is an inter-disciplinary course integrating and applying a Christian worldview and biblical principles to decision-making in business.

Prerequisite:
MG101
MG215

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 credits

SS328 American Political Institutions I 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions. Course topics include the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.

Prerequisite:
MG411
POL201

Offered every fall.

or

RELIGION - 18 Credits

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100
OT101

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100

Offered annually.

TH409 Theology Capstone for Non-Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification as interpreted by theologians of the Wesleyan tradition is studied in light of its scriptural foundations. This course is planned for non-ministry majors.

Prerequisite:
TH201
Graduating Seniors Only

Offered annually.

EMERGENCY & DISASTER MANAGEMENT MAJOR - 30 Credits

EM101 Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Management 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the history and origins of emergency management in the United States; including key points in US history which had a profound impact in the development of emergency-disaster management as seen today.  Explores key disaster incidents, legislation and Presidential actions that impacted change within the emergency management profession.  Identifies emergency management relevance in private industry and provides broad awareness about opportunities in both the public and private sectors of emergency management.  

EM202 Recovery and Mitigation 3 credits

This course will highlight and examine post-disaster procedures and policies governing the protection of natural environments, improving disaster resistance, supporting diverse communities and population, improving economic conditions, and preserving community resources.  The course will also examine community resilience and sustainability through the roles of emergency management programs, and how the four phases of emergency management play a vital role in a community’s comprehensive and strategic planning.  

Prerequisite:

EM303 Social Issues in Emergency and Disaster Management 3 credits

The purpose of this course is two-fold:  examine the loss and consequence issues that disasters create for a jurisdiction’s population including economic, psychological, emotional and spiritual impacts.  Provide innovative and effective solutions for recovery managers in handling personal impacts disaster response and/or recovery operations can create due the very nature of disaster events

Prerequisite:
AND All Emergency & Disaster Management 200-level courses.

EM304 Terrorism in Emergency Management 3 credits

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the history, methods, and philosophy of terrorism.  Emphasis is placed on extremism as a foundation for terrorist behavior, types of terrorism, and the response to terrorism by government entities and law enforcement agencies.  Students will examine governmental concerns, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts in handling terrorist events.  

Prerequisite:
AND All Emergency & Disaster Management 200-level courses.

EM402 Managing Emergency Response Operations 3 credits

This course examines the issues with managing operations during all phases of emergency management with an emphasis on the recovery phase.  Issues covered in this course include, but are not limited to:  donation management (finance and resources), managing volunteers, crisis counseling, and basic subsistence needs.  Students will learn the fundamental management methods for the various recovery elements.  These fundamentals will be based on FEMA methodologies.  

Prerequisite:
All Emergency & Disaster Management 100, 200, and 300-level courses.

EM403 Hazardous Materials Response 3 credits

This course examines the key legislation regarding the storage, handling, and transportation of hazardous materials.  Students will review how emergency management plays a significant role in planning, responding and recovering from hazardous materials incidents.  Students will perform hazard and threat identification, risk assessments and analyze the overall impact of disasters. Students are taught how to categorize hazards and identify the threats using a cascading threat model.  They will also learn how to assess risk by reviewing several nationally standardized risk assessment matrices or models.   

Prerequisite:
All Emergency & Disaster Management 100, 200, and 300-level courses.

EM490 Emergency and Disaster Management Internship 3 credits

This course takes place in an area of the world that has been affected by a disaster, either foreign or domestic. It will include all phases of emergency management:  preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.  Students must complete not less than 90 actual hours in an internship in the Disaster Management field. Internship should strive to gain appropriate and valuable experience, as well as apply the knowledge they have gained in their various courses. Students will be required to complete the internship package provided by the Director, Emergency and Disaster Management.  Students are responsible for arranging their own internship. 

Prerequisite:
Prior Permission of the Director, Emergency and Disaster Management Program or the Dean of the School of Business & Government.

EM200 Emergency and Disaster Management Experience 0 credits

The Disaster Management Experience is designed for students to actually enter the disaster field. The experience requires students to interact with various leaders in the field and discuss how emergency management theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to participate in at least four of the Disaster Management Experiences during their time at OCU.  These generally occur multiple times per year.  The student must complete this pass/fail requirement.

Students must complete two of these.

GOV302 Washington D.C. Experience 0 credits

The Washington D.C. Experience is designed for students to visit with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C.. The experience requires students to interact with these various leaders to discuss how government theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Washington D.C. Experiences (trips to Washington D.C.), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG304 Leadership Forum II 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

Students must complete three of these.

BUSINESS MAJOR - 30 Credits

MG101 Introduction to Business 3 credits

This course provides students with a foundation in functional areas of business, including environment, planning, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, distribution, finances, and ethics. Introduces business terminology and concepts.

GOV101 Introduction to Government 3 credits

An introduction to the major concepts, principles, and theories related to a study of government and politics in the United States. Special emphasis will be given to government and political structures and the development of the enduring form of American government.

MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership 3 credits

This course will analyze management theories, principles, and philosophies while examining the difference between management and leadership. This is an inter-disciplinary course addressing the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.

Prerequisite:
MG101

EC101 Microeconomics 3 credits

A study of the basic economic principles related to supply and demand, consumer behavior, market dynamics, income distribution, government influence, and comparative economic systems with major focus on free enterprise and capitalism.

EC201 Macroeconomics 3 credits

The study of economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.

AC262 Accounting for Managers 3 credits

This course deals with accounting, cost, finance, and information systems used for business managers to make strategic business decisions to improve the financial performance of a business enterprise.

Prerequisite:

MG102 Principles of Marketing 3 credits

This course involves an integrated analysis of the role of marketing within the total organization. Specific attention is given to the analysis of factors affecting consumer behavior, the identification of marketing variables, the development and use of marketing strategies, and the discussion of international marketing.

MG411 Business Law I 3 credits

Business law is a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations. This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper business conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite:
MG101

AC222 Principles of Finance 3 credits

The financial principles and accepted practices which need to be mastered by all managers including banking, money, credit, financial instruments, investments, financial planning, internal and external auditing, profit, stocks, bonds, and other financial forms will be examined.

MG404 Wall Street Experience 0 credits

The Wall Street Experience is designed for students to visit with business leaders from various investment firms and other businesses on Wall Street. The experience requires students to interact with these various business leaders to discuss how investment theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Wall Street Experiences (trips to New York), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG202 Business Roundtables 0 credits

The School of Business & Government holds a number of Business Roundtables every year with business leaders in small, medium, and large businesses. The roundtables are designed to give students an opportunity to understand how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant business people.  Students will be required to interact and network with these business leaders during and after the roundtables. Students are required to attend at least three roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement. 

Students must complete three of these.

MG203 Distinguished Speakers Series 0 credits

The School of Business & Government hosts various significant experts and nationally recognized thought leaders. The goal of the Distinguished Speakers Series is to allow students to learn from experts, significant authorities, and leaders in various areas of significance to the students enrolled in the School of Business & Government students. Further, these Distinguished Speakers Series events are held on Ohio Christian University campus to give students the opportunity to network and meet these experts and authorities while on campus.

Students must complete eight of these.

MG200 School of Business & Government Conferences 0 credits

The School of Business & Government holds various conferences and Distinguished Speakers events. The goal of these events is to allow students to learn from experts, significant authorities, and leaders in various areas of significance to the School of Business & Government students. Further, for those events held on Ohio Christian University campus, students will be given the opportunity to network and meet these experts and authorities while on campus.

Students must complete two of these.