A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus 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.

Curriculum Units

Curriculum Units

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism emphasizes the importance of translating its investigators' cutting-edge research on terrorism and responses to terrorism into increased education and training opportunities. As part of this effort, START sponsors the development of curriculum materials for use in classrooms across the consortium.

The curriculum materials are freely available to interested instructors, and the materials for each completed unit can be requested by clicking the title of each unit and filling out the request form.Questions should be directed to education@start.umd.edu.

These curriculum units reflect START's educational priorities, including:

  •     Presentation of cutting-edge START research;
  •     Interactivity and novel approaches to teaching;
  •     Interdisciplinarity, with the goal of challenging students to engage in critical, cross-disciplinary discourse;
  •     Scalability to different education levels (e.g., K-12, undergraduate, graduate, executive education); and
  •     Immediacy and impact, with a focus on attention to problems and issues of immediate relevance to national and international policy.

Available Curriculum Units:

Christine Bevc, PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado

"Networks and Preparedness" Christine Bevc

This curriculum unit introduces students at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels to the methods of social network analysis (SNA) and its application to the study of community preparedness.


Shawn Flanigan, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, San Diego State University

"Conducting Field Research Outside the United States and in Difficult-to-Access Communities" Shawn Flanigan

This curriculum unit introduces students at the secondary school, undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels to the practice of academic fieldwork, including data collection tools such as interview protocols and surveys, specifically in reference to work with low-income and otherwise vulnerable populations.


Jeffrey Lewis, Lecturer, Department of History, The Ohio State University

"Engaging and Countering the Social and Cultural Mechanisms Used by Organizations to Motivate Suicide Attackers"Jeffrey Lewis

This curriculum unit aims to introduce undergraduate, graduate, and executive level students to an understanding of suicide bombing as a complex social phenomenon.


Christine Muller, PhD Student, American Studies, University of Maryland

"What Can Oral Histories Tell Us About September 11?" Christine Muller

This curriculum unit seeks to introduce secondary school and undergraduate students to the production of September 11, 2001, as history. The unit focuses on oral accounts and video news reporting of the World Trade Center attacks and asks students to conduct a critical analysis of oral histories.