Terrorism Studies Minor


Terrorism is often a top priority of US national and homeland security agencies such as the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, and State Department. The terrorism studies minor explores the causes, dynamics, and prevention of violent extremism at home and abroad. Courses explore different types of violent extremism and the range of counterterrorism strategies used in the US and other countries. Courses offer both a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. This means that some courses will explore phenomena primarily through one disciplinary lens whereas others will weave together different disciplinary perspectives.

For more information about the Terrorism Studies minor on either campus, contact Melinda Negron-Gonzales, minor supervisor and Global Conflict & Human Security graduate program coordinator.

The terrorism studies minor requires students to complete five courses (18-20 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. Students in accelerated Global Conflict and Human Security master’s programs may use up to six credits of 800-level courses. 

Required courses
HLS 505Political Violence and Terrorism4
HLS 555Comparative Homeland Security Systems4
HLS 650Topics in National Security Intelligence4
Select two courses from the following:6-8
Conflict & Human Security
International Development & Human Security
Bioterrorism, Biosecurity, and Biodefense
Explorations 1
Special Studies (Justice, Violence and Society)
United States in World Affairs
Wicked Problems: Puzzles in Public Policy
Justice, Law and Politics
Total Credits18-20

Explorations course title must be: War and Political Violence in the Modern West or Justice, Violence, and Society