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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences > Disaster Studies

Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/idmh

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) supports a SUNY New Paltz interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in disaster studies. The minor focuses on events of natural, technological and human-induced origin and on how these affect individuals, communities, organizations, and the nation. It is designed to recognize the multi-disciplinary nature of both research and practice in disaster studies. Courses highlight scholarship and practice related to disaster and trauma mitigation and prevention, response, support, recovery, treatment, and policy formulation and planning, as well as the implications of these events at the individual, group, organizational and community level. Those completing the minor will become certified responders for the American Red Cross.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Disaster Studies (18 credits)


  I. Required core courses.........................................6 credits
     PSY456 Disaster Psychology (3)
     PSY497 Practicum in Psychology: Disaster Studies (3)
     Practicum will emphasize preparation, crisis intervention, and response to potential emergencies
     and disasters. Students will spend eight (8) hours per week in the field at a designated site. Under
     advisement, students will have the opportunity to give service to the American Red Cross or to the
     county or New York State Emergency Management offices. All students will meet as a group with
     the practicum coordinator for discussion and group supervision. During practicum it is expected that
     students will make themselves available for emergency response in the event of a local disaster.

 II. Additional core courses.......................................9 credits
      Students are encouraged to complete at least one core course that focuses on developing
      multicultural competence.


      Choose at least three (3) courses from Category II:
          ANT214 Cultural Anthropology (3)
          ANT250 Ecological Anthropology (3)
          BLK100 Introduction to Black Studies (3)
          BLK271 Black Sociology (3)
          BLK285 Introduction to African Psychology (3)
          GEO274 Environment and Culture (3)  
          GEO285 Geography of Hazards (3)

      The following Category II courses have prerequisites or restrictions:
          ANT403 Religion and Culture (3)
          ANT481 Transcultural Health (3)
          CMM359 Communication Among Cultures (3)
          GEO383 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
          POL310 Public Management (3)
          POL318 Local Politics (3)
          POL319 Politics and Media (3)
          PSY330 Crisis Intervention (3)
          PSY403 Health Psychology (3)
          PSY440 Clinical and Counseling Psychology (3)
          PSY497 Practicum in Psychology: Disaster Studies (3) - repeatable course
          SOC350 Introduction to Human Services (3)
          SOC455 Social Work Intervention (3)

III. Elective courses...............................................3 credits
      Choose at least one (1) course from the Category III list below or one additional course from
      Category II above.

          BUS215 Business Decision Support Systems (3)
          BUS250 Principles of Management (3)
          CMM202 Interpersonal Communication (3)
          SOC220 Social Inequality in the U.S. (3)

          The following Category III courses have prerequisites or restrictions:
          BLK420 Counseling Underrepresented Students (3)
          CMM358 Conflict Management (3)
          POL348 Terrorism in World Politics (3)
          PSY306 Social Psychology (3)
          SOC323 Death in American Society (3)
          SOC370 Sociology of Families (3)
          SOC431 Mass Media and Culture (3)