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Certificate in Homeland Security and Terrorism Control

The Certificate Program in Homeland Security and Terrorism Control is designed for police officers, fire fighters, fists responders, and practitioners who may face security problems posed by criminal and political terrorism—regional, national, and international.

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The purpose of this certificate is for students to examine and research the unknown realms of terrorism and homeland security in multiple disciplines, of political science, sociology, law enforcement, and criminal justice/psychology, in both macro and micro level. We learn about the political, religious, and psychological motives of terrorists, those who perpetrate hate crimes, and lone wolves, using intimidation, and violence in achieving power. The certificate includes domestic and foreign terrorism within the context of politics and international relations and criminology. Furthermore, this certificate familiarizes students with the victimology and the plight of the victims of terrorism, through the lenses of sociology and psychology.

Cost Per 3 Credit Course: $1,245 tuition
Total Program Credits: 12 college credits

Program Fast Facts:

  • 100% online program
  • An asynchronous learning model providing flexibility of schedule
  • Learning political/religious motives of terrorists
  • Learning the history of terrorism and modern terrorism
  • Analyzing current cases of domestic and foreign terrorism
  • Thinking theoretically about motives and causes of terrorism

Program Outcomes:

Personnel in the field of criminal justice will be able to use the certificate to find their niche in the field and qualify as a professional in the criminal justice system who has a thorough understanding of terrorism and their motives vis-a-vis crime and criminology.

  1. Understand different definitions and the process through which definitions of terrorism is made
  2. Examine the different terrorisms in the global perspective and delineate the different meanings of
    terrorist and freedom fighter
  3. Create an objective definition for terrorism

Career Landscape:

Once certificate is obtain it will promote student as an expert in terrorism and the understanding of ideology vs. personal gain. This will allow for advancement in career in any criminal justice field.

In the Classroom:

Students will be allowed to do research and will have an opportunity to collaborate on real and hypothetical terrorist events.


  1. Sociology of Terrorism (SOC 410D)
    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.
  2. Military and Political Dimensions of Terrorism (INR 4084)
    Focuses on specific major terrorist organizations worldwide such as Hamas, Hizbollah, Abu Nidal, The Tupamaros, Al Qaeda, and the Argentinian Death Squads. This course offers a clear understanding of their origins, supporting ideologies, objectives, modus operandi, resources, training operations, and consequences. This course concludes with examination of national and international counterterrorist strategies, their assets, and limitations.
  3. Terrorism and Law Enforcement Procedures (CCJ 4661)
    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 terrorist in the courtroom
  4. Victimology (CCJ 3666)
    A course focused on the social and psychological characteristics of crime victims, their role in precipitating criminal acts, the difficulties they encounter in the criminal justice systems, alternate social program, and legal policies designed to compensate, protect, and rehabilitate victims.

Start and Deadline dates

Fall One Start Date: August 19th Deadline to Register: August 14th
Fall Two Start Date: October 14th  Deadline to Register: October 9th
Spring One Start Date: January 13th Deadline to Register: January 8th
Spring Two Start Date: March 17th Deadline to Register: March 12th

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For more information about this program, contact:

Dr. Abdy Javadzadeh
Associate Professor/Director of MA program in Criminology