A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Through curricular and experiential learning, START educates, mentors and trains the next generation of national security scholars and practitioners.

Undergraduate Students


Undergraduate Students

Current undergraduate students or individuals seeking to take courses at the undergraduate level can pursue the following opportunities:

Global Terrorism Minor: This program provides University of Maryland undergraduates the opportunity to declare a minor field of expertise in Global Terrorism. Students participate in a 5-course sequence designed to expose them to the wide array of social-science-based literature on topics related to terrorism. Through the minor, students study with leading faculty and practitioners and prepare for either graduate study related to terrorism studies or professional advancement in fields related to homeland security. Applications for the Global Terrorism Minor are accepted once per calendar year, in February.

Internships: Research internships are held every fall, spring and summer term at the University of Maryland. Students research between 10-20 hours per week throughout their term and can pursue these opportunities for academic credit if desired. Applications for internships are typically due three months before the start date of the internship.

Study Abroad: Study Abroad programs are hosted over the summer at foreign-based centers affiliated with START. These programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students from any institution and are hosted through START and the University of Maryland Study Abroad Office.  Applications for summer Study Abroad programs are accepted once per calendar year, and are due March 1.

Online Courses: START continually develops online summer and winter courses in the terrorism studies field. Past courses include: Psychology of Terrorism; Financing of Terrorism and Methods Deployed to Counter Terrorist Financing; Geography of Terrorism and more. These courses are offered through the University of Maryland’s Office of Extended Studies and are open to all individuals. 

Career Development Programs: Career Development Programs are targeted scholarship programs for University of Maryland undergraduate students providing skill and knowledge development in a particular area within the Homeland Security Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HS-STEM) arena. Past programs have been focused on: terrorism analysis, emerging global security issues, and cyber security. New programs will be announced when funding has been made available.

START also posts additional opportunities on the Education Blog available to individuals interested in pursuing a career in the realm of terrorism research, law enforcement, and security studies.