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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Global Terrorism

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
Route One Annex, Suite 250, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740

The Global Terrorism 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. For more information about the minor, please visit: www.start.umd.edu

Students are required to take the following three courses:

  • BSST330: Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors (3 credits). This course explores theories explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior, building upon theories from social psychology, sociology, political science, criminology, and history. This course draws heavily from historical examples as well as current examples of international and domestic terrorist groups around the world.
  • BSST331: Responses to Terrorism (3 credits). This course examines the impact of terrorism on groups and individuals and explores how communities have prepared and ideally should prepare in the face of potential terrorist threats. This course draws from anthropology, criminology, economics, history, political science, social psychology, and sociology.
  • BSST332: The Practice of Terrorism Studies (5 credits). This seminar serves as the capstone for the minor program. As part of the course, students complete an approved internship or conduct a relevant, original research project. Students also meet regularly with an instructor to learn and apply academic and professional analytical tools relevant to the study of terrorism. The course includes visits from guest speakers working in the field of terrorism studies and interactive simulations related to terrorism prevention, deterrence, and mitigation.

In addition to the three required BSST courses, students must take one 3-credit elective course on research methods, to be drawn from courses in any discipline, including but not limited to: African-American Studies; Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation; Biological Sciences; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Communications; Economics; Civil Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Fire Protection Engineering; Family Studies; Geography; Government and Politics; History; Health; Latin American Studies; Psychology; Sociology; Statistics; and Survey Methodology.

To satisfy the final requirement, students must also enroll in one Global Studies Signature Course, to be selected from the following list of approved courses:

  • AREC345: Poverty, Public Policy and Economic Growth. An examination of public policy toward poverty in countries around the world. The role of economic incentives and the relation between poverty and income distribution, natural resources and the environment, and economic growth.
  • AREC365: World Hunger. An introduction to the problem of world hunger and possible solutions to it. World demand, supply, and distribution of food. Alternatives for leveling off world food demand, increasing the supply of food, and improving its distribution. Environmental limitations to increasing world food production.
  • ENES472: International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology. The goal is to provide students with an understanding of cultural aspects pertaining to global business and engineering and develop the cultural understanding, attitudes, and communication skills needed to function appropriately within an increasingly global and multicultural working environment. Restricted to students with the minor in international engineering or in engineering leadership development.
  • GEOG130: Developing Countries. An introduction to the geographic characteristics of the development problems and prospects of developing countries. Spatial distribution of poverty, employment, migration and urban growth, agricultural productivity, rural development, policies and international trade. Portraits of selected developing countries.
  • GEOG330: As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change. This cultural geography class will familiarize the student with the concept of society and sustainability. Students will study cultures as basic building blocks which are key to the sustainability of societies. Students will learn about the sustainability of societies on different scales, examining local, regional and worldwide issues. The sustainability of society will be examined as a key element of environmental sustainability. Culture and society are the anchors people cling to in the face of rapid world change. How societies adjust to change will be examined as a positive and/or negative factor in sustainability. The world is turning quickly in terms of climate change, development, politics, economy, and demography and we can't get off, so what will we do?
  • GVPT306: Global Ecopolitics. Consideration of global problems such as the growth controversy, agricultural productivity, pollution, resource depletion, the energy crisis, and the general impact of science and technology on the world ecological, socio-economic, and political system with particular emphasis on such matters as objects of public policy.

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.

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