Terrorism Studies Minor


The discipline of terrorism is a fluid topic.  Terrorism has existed for hundreds of years.   Yet since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, terrorism has become the top priority of US national and homeland security including the Intelligence Community, the DOD, FBI, CIA, DHS, and State Department.  Additionally, acts of terrorism have continued to challenge the national security interest of not only the United States, but of all her allies.  To combat the threats of terrorism, much has been done, and continues to be addressed in the domestic and international arenas.  The United States has taken drastic measures to create new laws and enhance existing ones to attempt to ensure terrorist attacks don’t reach the US.  Other nations have experienced their own issues with terrorism, whether it is Russia’s conflict with Chechen Rebels, Columbia’s war with FARC, or the effects on Mid East and African countries at the hand of Al Qaeda, al Shabaab, or Boko Haram.  The development of asymmetric tactics by terrorists and insurgencies worldwide affect governments, infrastructure, and world peace. 

The terrorism studies minor is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, which means that some courses will explore phenomena primarily through one disciplinary lens whereas others will weave together different disciplinary perspectives.

The terrorism studies minor requires students to complete five courses (20 credits). All five courses applied to the terrorism studies minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and an overall GPA of 2.0. Students must take at least three 500-level or above courses to complete the minor. Transfer students may transfer up to two courses, subject to the approval of the Homeland Security program coordinator. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used for the minor. No more than eight credits to satisfy major requirements may be used in the minor.

Required courses
HLS 505Political Violence and Terrorism4
HLS 555Comparative Homeland Security Systems4
HLS 650Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security4
Select two of the following:8
Conflict & Human Security
Good Governance & Human Security
Bioterrorism, Biosecurity, and Biodefense
Explorations 1
Special Studies (Justice, Violence and Society)
United States in World Affairs
State and Local Government
Politics of Crime and Justice
Drug Wars
Security Intelligence Study
Wicked Problems: Puzzles in Public Policy
Justice, Law and Politics
Total Credits20

For more information about the Terrorism Studies minor on either campus, contact James Ramsay, Homeland Security program coordinator and minor supervisor, at james.ramsay@unh.edu or Melinda Negron-Gonzales, Global Conflict & Human Security graduate program coordinator, at melinda.negron@unh.edu.