Curriculum

Course 1: Terrorism as a Strategy
This course introduces the student to the phenomenon of terrorism including the historical evolution of terrorism throughout the ages as well as more modern perspectives on current threats faced by individuals, organizations, and nations. Students will review classic definitions of terrorism, theories on terrorism as a strategy, and two basic models used to combat terrorist activity. Examples of common threats and actions utilized by terrorists and terrorist groups will be discussed. This course serves as a foundation for the remaining coursework in Online Certificate in Counterterrorism Intelligence.

Course 2: Fundamentals of Intelligence
The student is introduced to the art and science of intelligence operations as an important tactic in the fight against terrorism. Students review the major components of intelligence, including the planning, collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and re-evaluation of information. Students also discuss the differences between criminal investigation and intelligence operations, and the true purpose of intelligence operations.

Course 3: Critical Thinking: Prelude to Effective Decision Making
The development of critical thinking skills and their application within the homeland security context. Students learn to evaluate intelligence information and then use their powers of thought, logic and emotion in order to frame the right questions and uncover fallacies in reasoning in order to make critical decisions in what may be a crisis situation.

Course 4: Legal Issues in a Counterterrorism Intelligence Context
An introduction to the constitutional issues that must be understood and applied in order to achieve a reasonable level of security, while respecting privacy rights and due process rights enshrined in the US Constitution. The Patriot Act and the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) are reviewed within the context of operational requirements and security concerns.

Course 5: Intelligence Analysis
An overview of the purpose of intelligence analysis, and the basic analytical techniques used by analysts. The analyst's role in the intelligence process is explored, and students engage in simple analytical tasks that lead to the development of the threat assessment as the ultimate expression of their findings.

Course 6: Final Application Project
A practical intelligence problem is presented to students who are then guided through the process of using raw intelligence information to produce a final "intelligence threat assessment". The emphasis is on the process, not the results. This course provides an opportunity for students to utilize the methodologies, concepts and principles they have learned throughout the program to develop an effective counterterrorism capability.