Global Terrorism Studies Minor

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
START, University of Maryland
PO Box Number 266
5245 Greenbelt Rd,
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-405-6600

Director: Thomas R. Guarrieri, Ph.D.

The Global Terrorism Studies Minor program focuses on exploring the origins and motivations of terrorism based on theoretical understandings of individual and group behavior. Students also explore the impacts of the threat of terrorism on individuals and communities, as well as strategies for preventing, deterring, mitigating, and responding to terrorist threats.

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Course Title Credits
Minor Requirements
BSST377Applying Theory to the Practice of Countering Terrorism1
BSST330Terrorism Studies3
BSST386Experiential Learning in Terrorism Studies (Not repeatable)3
Innovative Ideas Requirement (choose one of the following)3
Innovations in Counterterrorism
Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism
ELECTIVES Six additional elective credits from within Terrorism Studies (BSST) 16
Select one of the following Global Perspective courses:3
Anthropology of Global Health
Global Poverty and Economic Development
World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies
Topics in Grand Challenges for Engineering in a Global Context
Global Leadership in Engineering, Business, & Technology
International Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Leading Global Teams and Engaging Across Cultures in Business, Engineering, and Technology
Global Perspectives of Engineering
As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
International Political Relations
Uncertain Partners: US and China in a Changing World
Appetite for Change: Politics and the Globalization of Food
Religions, Beliefs, and World Affairs
The Study of Comparative Politics
The Politics of Global Development
Global Environmental Politics
Topics in International Relations
International Development and Conflict Management
Topics in Comparative Politics
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics (GVPT409J: Multi-Track Diplomacy & Conflict Transformation)
Seminar in International Relations and World Politics (GVPT409K: Workshop in Multi-Track Diplomacy)
Total Credits19

Upon approval from the Director, students may substitute a relevant course outside BSST. If BSST331 is taken to fulfill the Innovative Ideas requirement, BSST335 can be taken to fulfill 3 BSST elective credits; if BSST335 is taken to fulfill the Innovative Ideas requirement, BSST331 can be taken to fulfill 3 BSST elective credits.  

All courses used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor requirements.