Certificate in Homeland Security and Terrorism

The Certificate in Homeland Security and Terrorism is designed for students and law enforcement practitioners who may face security problems posed by criminal and political terrorism – regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Featured Professors

  • Abdy Javadzadeh, PhD Sociology, Florida International University
  • Thomas F. Brezenski, BA/JD 3+3 Advisor, BA in Pre Law, PhD in Political Science
  • Stuart Saltzman, JD Nova University, MSW, SUNY

Benefits of the Certificate in Homeland Security and Terrorism

Students who earn the Certificate in Homeland Security and Terrorism acquire an in-depth understanding of how terrorist groups are organized, how they recruit and socialize a membership, and how they function to achieve their goals. In addition students come to appreciate the political ideologies driving these terrorist organizations, and the laws governing their investigation and prosecution. They also gain practical insights on how to deal with mass death resulting from terrorist attacks and how to ameliorate its consequences.


The Four Required Courses Include:

SOC 410D The Sociology of Terrorism
This course examines the general nature, structure, and operations of different types of terrorism as social organizations and forces for socio-political changes. An analysis of alternative leadership styles, recruitment activities, finances, and division of labor within terrorist organizations is also provided. This course concludes by examining efforts to control terrorism, reduce public fears of terrorism, and projections about the future of terrorism.

POS 410D Political and Military Aspects of Terrorism
This course focuses on specific terrorist organizations worldwide such as Hamas, Hezbolleh, Abu Nidal, The Tupaneros, Al Qaeda, and the Argentinean Death Squads. This course offers a clear understanding of their origins, supporting ideologies, objectives, modus operandi, resources, training, operations, and consequences. It concludes with an examination of national and international counterterrorist strategies, their assets and limitations.

CCJ 3666 Victimology
This course on the social and psychological characteristics of crime victims, their role in precipitating criminal acts, the difficulties they encounter in the criminal justice system, , alternative social programs for helping crime victims, and legal policies designed o compensate, protect, and rehabilitate victims of crime.

CC J 4661 Terrorism and Law Enforcement Procedures
This course examines an introduction to the unique field of terrorism investigation and prosecution. Among the investigative procedures examined and tailored to the demands of dealing with terrorists are surveillance, polygraph, informants, the investigative task force, pre-test telephone calls, and undercover operations. The course also addresses special difficulties encountered when prosecuting terrorists in the courtroom.

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