Terrorism Studies (Minor)

Terrorism Studies (Minor)

Terrorism Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary terrorism studies minor gives students a holistic view of the subject of terrorism, our relations with the international community, and the policies put in place to address common goals of security, economic stability, and human rights

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.


Curriculum & Requirements

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.

Select one of the following: 14
POLT 570
Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
PS 505
Political Violence and Terrorism
SOC 656
Select one of the following: 14
HLS 650
Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security
POLT 568
Introduction to Intelligence
Select three of the following:12
POLT 403
United States in World Affairs
POLT 507
Politics of Crime and Justice
POLT 500
American Public Policy
POLT 502
State and Local Government
POLT 548
Drug Wars
POLT 765
Security Intelligence Study
PS 507
Justice Law and Politics
PS 509
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
PS 511
Women and War
PS 520
Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture
SOC 780
Social Conflict
HIST 410
Historic Survey of American Civilization
HIST 600
Explorations 2
HLS 750
Emergent Topics in Homeland Security/Homeland Defense (Study Abroad trip)
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, Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership program and minor supervisor, at melinda.negron@unh.edu.