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
JLC 621 Justice in the Face of Terror
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.
JLC 670 Causes of Terrorism and Political Violence
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.
JLC 674 Domestic Terrorism and Political Violence
Investigate the causes and consequences of domestic terrorism and political violence using insights from psychology, political science, economics, history, and other disciplines.
JLC 684 Intelligence Analysis
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.
JLC 485 Strategic Intelligence
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
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.
Research Methods - 2 Courses
JLC 680 Introduction to Justice Research I
First class in a two part series. This course will provide the foundations for understanding social science research as it applies to the study of terrorism and political violence. Course topics will include research design and research methodology including case and observational studies.
JLC 681 Introduction to Justice Research II
Second in the series. Focus on the ability of students to design, critique, and execute social science research in the terrorism and political violence realm. Apply knowledge of methodology learned in previous class to analysis of data, case studies, and other social science research information sets.
Residency - 1 Course
JLC 673 Seminar on National Security Policy
There is a residency requirement in Washington, D.C. as part of this class. Gain a foundation for understanding how policies related to contemporary security issues are made and executed, with a primary focus on terrorism and insurgency.
Selected Topics - 3 Courses
JLC 678 Investigating Terrorism
An overview, discussion, and assessment of the legal, sociological, and policy constructs used by federal U.S. law enforcement to detect and investigate terrorism through a study of parameters of identifying, assessing, and surveilling threats.
JLC 682 Crime and Conflict Nexus
This course looks at the relationship between criminals and terrorists by examining the nexus of terrorists and criminal networks, their commonalities, affinities, and disparities, along with implications for policy responses.
JLC 683 Cyber Threats and Security
This course provides students with the tools necessary to understand the nature of the cyber threat to government and private sectors and to understand and evaluate proposed cybersecurity policies for addressing the threat.
Non-Credit Internship requirement, completed in your local area.
To learn more about American University’s online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.