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

Summer/Winter Courses

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START offers fully online summer and winter courses each year which are open to any current degree seeking student or non-degree seeking individual, either at the graduate or undergraduate level. Current University of Maryland students may register through Testudo. Non-University of Maryland students must apply as non-degree seeking students, visiting students, or students with Golden ID Cardholder Status through the University of Maryland’s Extended Studies.

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Winter Session Summer Session

Winter Session 2024: January 2-January 22, 2024

 

Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: Misinformation, Conspiracy Theories, and the Radicalization of Modern Societies 

This course is a comprehensive exploration into belief in mis/disinformation and conspiracy theories that is instrumental in understanding radicalization in modern societies.

Instructor: Max Erdemandi

  • Credits: 3
  • Course Code: BSST338A
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

 

Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and Global Jihadist Movements

This course provides a comprehensive look at global jihadist movements, with specific focus on the groups Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. At the completion of this course, students will have an in-depth understanding and contemporary jihadist movements and a better understanding of tools to counter such groups.

Instructor: Jason Blazakis

  • Credits: Credits: 3 
  • Course Code: BSST338V
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

 

Individual Study in Terrorism Studies: Social Network Analysis for Terrorism

Social networks are connections between nodes (actors) and links (connections between nodes). Social network analysis (SNA) is a process of studying those nodes and links with a systematic, quantitative approach to better understand how networks are constructed, what networks are capable of, and how networks can be disrupted. This course covers SNA using UCINET, a popular SNA tool to systematically understand terrorist connections in such way that allows for informed decisions on terrorist network disruption.

Instructor: Michael Egnoto

  • Credits: Credits: 1 
  • Course Code: BSST399N
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

 

Malaysia: Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in Southeast Asia

In collaboration with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), this 3-credit course is an education abroad opportunity that involves travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia focusing on counterterrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE). This course is open to all UMD undergraduate and graduate students.

Instructor: Tom Guarrieri

  • Credits: Credits: 3
  • Course Code: BSST338M/638M
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

 

Summer Session 2024: May 28-August 16, 2024

Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: School Shooter and Spree Killers (May 28-July 5,2024) 

Understanding the costs and consequences of school shooters and spree killer incidents how these bridge terrorism, communication, and criminology with consequences that affect us all. This course looks at the current state of the field with attention to spree killer profiles, research, and response from social science perspectives.

Instructor: Michael Egnoto

  • Credits: Credits: 3
  • Course Code: BSST338O
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

Special Topics in Terrorism Studies: Irregular Warfare & Great Power Competition in 21st Century(July 8-August 16, 2024)  

This course explores various types of irregular warfare tools used by the United States, China, and Russia including influence operations, proxy war, cyber attacks, the use of private military companies, and cognitive warfare. Students will participate in a simulation activity that will also allow them to experience the reality of irregular conflict management in a fictional scenario involving disinformation campaigns targeting the United States.

Instructor: Elizabeth Radziszewski

  • Credits: Credits: 3
  • Course Code: BSST338Z
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

 

Analyzing Terrorism: Simulations, Wargaming, and Strategies of Security (July 8- August 16, 2024)   

Introduces students to novel, applied methods to study terrorism and security, including simulations, wargaming exercises, and red teaming. This course assumes no prior experience with these methods. Throughout the course, students will complete activities to understand the behavior of militant groups and develop security strategies to counter violent non-state actors.

Instructor: Thomas Guarrieri

  • Credits: Credits: 3
  • Course Code: BSST373
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

 

Violent Non-State Actors in Latin America: Terrorism, Cartels, and Crime (May 28- July 5, 2024)   

Examines why non-state actors resort to violence and crime, what tactics and strategies they use, how they fund their existence, and what can be done to counter them. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to many different types of violent non-state actors, including terrorist organizations and criminal organizations. This will all be done in the context of Latin America and students will gain an in-depth understanding of the problems that plague individual countries, as well as which issues afflict the region as a whole.

Instructor: Bryan Arva 

  • Credits: Credits: 3
  • Course Code: BSST375
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

Experiential Learning in Terrorism Studies (May 28- August 16, 2024)   

This course will supplement student's experiential learning experience, or internship in the field of terrorism studies and homeland security with guided reflection on their experiences.

Instructor: Liberty Day

  • Credits: Credits: 1-5
  • Course Code: BSST386
  • Meeting Times: Details on ELMS

 

Contact the Education Team at education-start@umd.edu for assistance.

College Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Global Terrorism Studies Minor
  • Study Abroad
  • Online Courses
  • Internships

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Graduate Students

  • MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
  • Study Abroad
  • Summer/Winter Courses
  • Internships

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Professional Development

  • MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
  • Online Courses
  • Training

 

Check out START's flagship internship program.