The online Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies program from John Jay College of Criminal Justice offers a dynamic online education taught by leading authorities in terrorism studies, law enforcement, and criminal justice. In the program, you will develop an understanding of terrorism and counter-terrorism. The online program is suitable for students interested in pursuing a career in homeland security at local, state, or federal levels; joining national and international counter-terrorism agencies; conducting research on terrorism in academia; or seeking opportunities in relevant industries.
The program operates in collaboration with the internationally renowned Center on Terrorism at John Jay College, which sponsors a highly regarded series of seminars integrated into the curriculum of the program. Key components of the program are:
- 100% online courses - Flexible course schedule. No scheduled meeting times. You can study when and where you want.
- Small class size - Typically no more than 20 students per class. That means more one-on-one time with the instructor.
- Accelerated 8-week session format - Earn 3 credits every 8 weeks. Finish within one year.
- Transferrable graduate credits – Credits may be applied towards earning an advanced degree, such as the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice at John Jay College.
- Prominent faculty - Our faculty are leading authorities in terrorism studies.
- Affordable price - We offer one of the most affordable terrorism studies programs in the U.S.
- A prestigious credential - Online or on campus, you’ll obtain a credential that is recognized worldwide.
A senior college of The City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a preeminent national and international leader in all aspects of education related to criminal justice and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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This course discusses the history of terrorism, especially since the French Revolution; its evolving definition and how it relates to state violence; and its protean contemporary forms. The course also examines topics including the attacks on the World Trade Center, Middle Eastern terrorism from the Palestinian Hamas movement and Israeli religious violence, to state terrorism in countries such as Iraq; right-wing terrorism in this country (Oklahoma City); the case of Shoko Asahara’s fanatical Japanese group, Aum Shinrikyo; and the specific threat of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction. Develops a global perspective in raising comparative questions about terrorism.
This course gives present and future law enforcement managers an overview of counter-terrorism policy in the context of current events and policies. The topics will include emergency response to disaster scenes, the identification of terrorists and terrorist groups, and the assessment of vulnerability and risk for population and infrastructure. The course will cover preventive law enforcement strategies and tactics, as well as methods to improve information sharing and coordination between agencies.
This course examines the new, apocalyptic or world-ending violence that reached American shores in its most tragic form on September 11, 2001. Discusses the history of apocalyptic movements (such as the Crusades), of violent cultic groups from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world (such as Jim Jones), of fundamentalism in the major religions of the world and how and why it so often gets connected to terrorism, and of the way nuclear, biological and chemical weapons have changed our psychological landscape.
The intensive seminar in terrorism studies is the core experience of all students pursuing their “Certificate in Terrorism Studies.” The seminar is open only to students seeking the certificate. Students are expected to read in advance publications by the distinguished scholars who present their work at the seminar, participate in discussions, and write critiques of the presentations they have heard and publications they have read. Students have access to online streaming videos of the seminars and may engage in online interactions with the professor, guest speakers, and fellow students.
Charles B. Strozier
Director, Center on Terrorism
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago
Charles B. Strozier has a Harvard B.A., an M.A. and a PhD from the University of Chicago, and has training as a research candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and clinical psychoanalytic training at TRISP in New York City. He is a Professor of History and the founding Director of the Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, City University of New York, and a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City. Strozier’s most recent book, from Columbia University Press in August of 2011, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, is Until The Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses. In 2011 he also published two other edited volumes, The Psychology of Leadership (with Offer and Abdyli, Springer) and The PKK: Financial, Social and Political Connections (VDM Verlag). In 2011 he published, along with Terman, Jones, and Boyd, The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History (Oxford, 2010). His earlier books include a prize-winning psychological study of Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln’s Quest for Union: A Psychological Portrait, Basic Books, 1982, revised edition in paper from Paul Dry Books, 2001, and Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001), which won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, the Goethe Prize from the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author of Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (Beacon Press, 1994, new edition 2002) and has edited, with Michael Flynn, Trauma and Self (1996), Genocide, War, and Human Survival (1996), and The Year 2000 (1997). Strozier was the founding editor (until 1986) of The Psychohistory Review and has published scores of articles and book chapters on aspects of history and psychoanalysis.
Nikolaos (Nick) Petropoulos
Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration
Department of Public Management
MA, MSc, University of Athens
MA, MPA, Panteion University of Athens
Nikolaos (Nick) Petropoulos is a PhD student in the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He holds an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College/CUNY. He also holds four additional master level degrees: an MA in European Law from the University of Athens; an MA in Criminal Law from Panteion University of Athens, an MSc in Crisis Management from the University of Athens; and an MA in Public Administration from Panteion University of Athens.
A native of Greece and an active police officer, Nick Petropoulos has extensive experience in international law enforcement cooperation, with a focus on anti-terrorism. He was a member of the anti-terrorism service of the Greek Police and was directly engaged in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics security preparation. Over the past decade, he has participated in scores of international meetings, trainings and workshops on international terrorism. He holds an advanced certificate in terrorism studies from the Center on Terrorism/John Jay College where he worked as a researcher in 2009, helping build a database of individuals associated with terrorist attacks worldwide. He is currently a research assistant with the Center for International Human Rights/John Jay College where, among other duties, he participates in the “UN Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights” research project as a researcher.
Last but not least he is an adjunct instructor at John Jay College where he teaches undergraduate courses for the Department of Public Management and the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. His research interests include international terrorism, radicalization, security and human rights, and homeland security. He speaks Greek, English, Spanish and Italian.
Maria (Maki) Haberfeld
MA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
MPhil, The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
PhD, The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
Maria (Maki) Haberfeld is a Professor of Police Science, in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. She was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel as a teenager. She served in the Israel Defense Forces in a counter-terrorist unit and left the army at the rank of a sergeant. Prior to coming to John Jay she served in the Israel National Police and left the force at the rank of lieutenant. She also worked as a special consultant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in the New York Field Office. She has conducted research in the areas of public and private law enforcement, integrity, and white-collar crime in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe and Israel. In addition to her research, she has also provided leadership training to a number of police agencies. Since 2001 she has been involved in developing, coordinating and teaching in a special educational program at John Jay for the New York City Police Department. Her recent publications include: Critical Issues in Police Training (2002), Contours of Police Integrity (co-editor, 2003), the International Volume of Sage’s Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (volume editor, 2004), Police Leadership (2005), Enhancing Police Integrity (co-author, 2006), and Comparative Policing: The Struggle for Democratization (co-editor, 2007). Her latest works include three books on terrorism related issues: A New Understanding of Terrorism (co-editor, 2009), Modern Piracy and Maritime Terrorism (co-editor, 2009), Terrorism Within Comparative International Context (co-author, 2009), Russian Organized Corruption Networks and their International Trajectories (co-authored, 2011), Critical Issues in Police Training (2011), Police Organization and Training: Innovations in Research and Practice (co-edited, 2011) and Police Leadership: Organizational and Managerial Decision Making Process (2012), Policing Muslim Communities (co-authored, 2012).
Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security (CISAC) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. One of the first scholars of Terrorism Studies worldwide, her first article, “The Concept of Revolutionary Terrorism” (1972), as well as her 1986 article, “The Subjective Reality of the Terrorist: Ideological and Psychological Factors in Terrorism” are still widely cited and remain relevant in today’s post-9/11 scholarship. After teaching at Wesleyan University from 1974 to 2007, Crenshaw is now a professor, by courtesy, at Stanford as well as a lead investigator at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) funded by the Department of Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. Her current work at START analyzes failed and foiled terrorist plots by jihadist groups against the United States, Europe, Turkey, Australia, and Canada. Among her innumerable achievements, Crenshaw has served on the Executive Board of Women in International Security, was the President and Councilor of the International Society of Political Psychology and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation/Department of Defense Minerva Institute for her project, “Mapping Militant Organizations.” Explaining Terrorism: Causes, Processes and Consequences (2010), a collection of Crenshaw’s most important published work, presents an interdisciplinary study of terrorism over the course of her now four decade-long career.
Deepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike (2005) and has contributed to various scholarly journals and national and international media outlets including the BBC, NPR, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Iran Fars News, and Al Arabiya (UAE). Her recent book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (2012) analyzes the historical image of “the Muslim enemy” and anti-Muslim racism far beyond the aftermath of September 11th, 2001 and the War on Terror. She curates a blog, Empire Bytes: Beyond the Soundbytes of Imperial Culture, and is currently working on her third book which will explore the cultural politics of the War on Terror. Professor Kumar is a social activist for peace and justice and is a prominent public speaker on topics ranging from Islamophobia and US foreign policy to the Arab Spring and women and Islam.
Randall Law is an Associate Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and teaches courses on the history of terrorism, modern Russia, Europe, and the Cold War. He is the author of Terrorism: A History (2009), a comprehensive survey of the field that h as been hailed “the quintessential work on the subject” by The Naval War College Review and is used as the foundational text for the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies at John Jay College. He is the editor of The Routledge History of Terrorism (to be published in 2015), a comprehensive 35-chapter work with contributions from many of the leading experts in the field of terrorism studies. Professor Law earned his B.A. in Russian from Amherst College, an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University, and his Ph.D. in Russian and European Studies from Georgetown University. Influenced by his work as Fulbright Scholar in Odessa, Ukraine, Professor Law’s current research is on terrorism and political violence in Odessa in the 20th Century Russian empire. He is an Adjust Fellow at the American Security Project (ASP), which is a nonpartisan organization aimed at educating the American public and international community on the evolving nature of national security in the 21st Century. He frequently speaks on the history of terrorism in academia, to civic organizations and in the media.
Avner Cohen is Director of the Nonproliferation Education Program, Senior Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and Professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College. Professor Cohen is widely recognized as an expert on nonproliferation issues in the Middle East and the history of the Israeli nuclear program and is author of Israel and the Bomb (1999). His most recent book, The Worst Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb (2010), explores Israel’s status as the only nuclear-armed state that does not acknowledge its possession of nuclear weapons despite common knowledge of their existence throughout the world. Professor Cohen is a two-time winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation research and writing awards, in 1990 and 2004, and served as a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace from 1997-98 and 2007-08. He was co-director of the Project on Nuclear Arms Control in the Middle East at the Security Studies Program at MIT from 1990 to 1995.