Terrorism Studies Certificate

Study with experts to gain professional training in the study of extremist groups and states that employ the tactics of terrorism, and in the policy tools available to counter terrorism. Students in the Terrorism Studies Certificate program take terrorism-related courses, seminars, and workshops taught by Middlebury Institute faculty who are recognized internationally for their expertise on terrorism and ideological extremism. The Institute’s Terrorism Studies Certificate requires a total of 20 credits and focuses on the study of violence-prone extremist groups and their historical evolution, ideological motivations, organizational structure, demographic profile, operational methods, and potential interest in carrying out mass casualty attacks, including through the acquisition and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Course syllabus:

  1. Introduction to Terrorism

  2. International Security Research and Analysis

  3. Introduction to Cyber Security

  4. Workshop: Tabletop Exercise Design and Operations

  5. Terrorism and Media in the Arab World

  6. Workshop: Human Trafficking

  7. Nuclear Trafficking

  8. Counterterrorism

  9. Militant Islamic Movements

  10. Eco-radicalism

  11. State Terrorism

  12. Global Jihadism

  13. Apocalyptic Millenarianism

  14. Deterring and Influencing Terrorism and WMD

  15. Terror and Counterterrorism in Africa

  16. Threat Financing

  17. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism

  18. Terrorism in South Asia