Minor in Disaster Sciences

Understand disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Picture of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico pictured from above.

"Many disasters are unavoidable, and seeing how reactive rather than proactive we tend to be as a society has really opened my eyes for the necessity of furthering education in this area. I am proud and excited to be a part of a university that is doing just that."

Calli Holland ('20)

B.A. in Psychology, minor in Disaster Sciences

About this Program

The College of Liberal Arts offers the interdisciplinary minor in Disaster Sciences. It exposes students to the science and practice in fields such as emergency management and disaster mental health.

The minor promotes an integrated understanding of human behavior before, during, and after disasters, and an enhanced ability to work effectively across disciplines in diverse disaster-related socio-political-cultural-economic contexts.

The disaster contexts considered include

  • natural and technological disasters,
  • pandemic,
  • domestic and international terrorism, and
  • climate change/environmental degradation.  

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    Program Information

    Program Type


    Area of Study

    Interdisciplinary Programs


    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Academic Requirements

    See information below on the Disaster Sciences Minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog

    Students in the Minor in Disaster Sciences complete 18 credit hours in at least 3 different disciplines outside the student’s major. Twelve credit hours must be at the 300 level or higher.

    Required courses

    • CJ 325: Emergency Management and CJ
    • Psy 417: Disasters and Mental Health

    One course from Foundations of Human Behavior, Applications, and Contexts

    • CJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJ 115: Introduction to Homeland Security
    • CJ 285: Foundations of Terrorism
    • CJ 435: Terrorism in the 21st Century
    • Geol 104/114: Environmental Geology/Hazards and lab
    • HP 191: Personal and Community Health
    • HP 203: First Aid/CPR
    • NHM 111: Servsafe
    • NHM 311: Nutrition
    • Pol 332: Ethnic Conflict and International Terror
    • Psy 311: Abnormal Psychology
    • Psy 319: Brain and Behavior
    • Psy 321: Social Psychology
    • Psy 327: Psychology and Law
    • Psy 365: Environmental Psychology
    • Psy 430: Positive Psychology
    • SW 201: Intro to Social Work
    • Soc 311: Social Problems
    • Soc 313: Social Movements
    • Soc 33:. Sociology of Peace and Justice
    • Soc 333: Juvenile Corrections
    • Soc 355: Sociology of Human Rights
    • Soc 411: Environment, Technology, and Society
    • Soc 431: Criminology

    One course from Working with Diversity

    • NHM 323: Human Development across the Lifespan
    • NHM 328: Child Development
    • Psy 301: Developmental
    • Psy 340: Multicultural Psychology
    • Rel 363. Religious Perspectives on Aging and Death
    • SW 321: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
    • SW 322: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
    • SW 326: Gerontology: Social Welfare Aspects
    • SW 330: Human Diversity and Social Work Practice
    • Soc 325: Sociology of Gender
    • Soc 327: Genocide and Women
    • Soc 336: Sociology of Religion
    • Soc 413: Race and Ethnicity

    The Clinical-Disaster Research Center

    University of Mississippi Clinical-Disaster Research Center (UM-CDRC) is a diverse team of researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students from the Department of Psychology. The UM-CDRC focuses on research, education, and service in the area of clinical-disaster psychology.

    Natural and man-made disasters often occur unexpectedly and can cause significant difficulties for those living in the disaster-affected area. The UM-CDRC conducts research with individuals affected by disasters to better understand their experience and how they cope with these difficulties.

    Why Disaster Science?

    "The Disaster Sciences minor allowed me to expand my knowledge by combining disaster preparedness, emergency management, and mental health. I love the different types of disaster exposure and plan to use it in a career involving public health and emergency management."

    Autumn Robbins

    B.S. Public Health

    How Can You Enhance Your Minor in Disaster Sciences?

    According to national surveys, employers are more likely to hire students who have: 

    • had professional internships, 
    • worked with people from diverse backgrounds on community service, 
    • collaborated with peers on projects, 
    • taken multiple courses with significant writing,
    • produced a senior project or thesis, and
    • studied abroad.

    These experiences are the core of the liberal arts skills of thinking, communicating, interpersonal skills, and understanding the world around us. Showcase and enhance these skills in an internship opportunity for that first step into the professional world. 

    We encourage students to combine coursework with these hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. 

    Your Major + Disaster Studies

    Disaster Sciences can pair with a wide variety of majors on campus. Here are some likely combinations.

    Next Steps

    Explore Affordability

    We have a variety of scholarships and financial aid options to help make college more affordable for you and your family.

    Apply to the University of Mississippi

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