Housed within the Psychology Department, IDMH faculty members oversee an interdisciplinary undergraduate Minor in Disaster Studies. Students take a 15 credits including two core courses, Disaster Psychology and Disaster Practicum, plus three electives that can be selected from a variety of fields including psychology, political science and government, management, and natural sciences. During the Disaster Practicum class, students spend one day a week doing fieldwork in sites including:
- Dutchess County Emergency Management Office
- Orange/Sullivan American Red Cross Chapter
- Orange County Emergency Management
- State Emergency Management Office, Region II
- The American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley
- Ulster County Emergency Management Office
Practicum students also participate in activities such as opening and operating Red Cross emergency shelters, and assisting with events like the annual IDMH conference and memorial activities at Ground Zero and elsewhere.
Many students who graduated with the Minor in Disaster Studies have gone work with the American Red Cross or AmeriCorps, or have enrolled in graduate school in emergency management-related programs.
Our program was featured in the New York Times in June, 2011:
Colleges Now Offering Education in Disaster