American University Online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Curriculum
American University’s Master’s curriculum features a mix of homeland security courses and counter-terrorism courses that build interdisciplinary knowledge in counter-terrorism and its details, including national security law and policy, cybersecurity, and the theories of political violence.
The two-year, 36-credit program consists of 12 courses and an internship (option in local area or in D.C.), including:
Core Course Toolkit – 6 Courses
This course provides an introduction to the key concepts that you will cover in this program including a high level discussion of defining and understanding terrorism, types of national, international, and transnational threats, and frameworks for legal, intelligence, and community based responses to these threats.
An introduction to the study of terrorism and political violence through multiple lenses, including psychology and rational choice theories. Examine why people join violent organizations to further political aims and how tactics are influenced by choices and motivation.
Investigate the causes and consequences of domestic terrorism and political violence using insights from psychology, political science, economics, history, and other disciplines.
First class of two focused on aspects of intelligence analysis. This course will focus on the role of intelligence in an operational and tactical manner in both the law enforcement and intelligence communities. Students will learn and be able to practice hands on skills with access to recognized analytic software.
Second class in a series. This class will focus on the applied use of intelligence in the formulation of national and homeland security policy through a focus on the role of an intelligence analyst in the U.S. government’s policy process.
JLC 685 U.S. National Security Law, War Power, and Terrorism – Current Legal Issues (3 credit hours)
In this course, students will delve into the constitutional, legal, and policy framework to combat threats to the U.S. both at home and abroad, through the use of force, detention, immigration enforcement, and other rule of law issues.