Course Development...New courses will provide students with the background and history of the DHS. In addition to a theoretical and historical understanding of the threats to the United States, the courses will explore the ways in which technology can be used to address challenges to homeland security.
- Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism introduces the practical aspect of the role quantitative research methods and statistics play in understanding terrorism by the scientific and intelligence communities.
- Homeland Security: Threats, Challenges, and Technology Solutions course will review the historic United States Domestic Security practices and studythe recent undertaking of creating new national policy and procedures defining how the United States protects itself from threats.
- Using Social Network Analysis and Social Networking to Analyze and Respond To Terror Threats course will to introduce students to the growing field of social network analysis. Students will be provided several short readings to begin introducing them to social network analysis. Network analysis will focus on the relationships between and among social entities.
Student Funding...HS-SEER program students will receive a monthly stipend for a 12-month period; 9-month academic year and 3-month summer research. In exchange for the financial support students will engage in 20 hours of research activity each week. During the summer students will participate in research internships at START. In addition to the START opportunities we will seek to identify additional summer experiences for students within the government, industry, or government national labs based upon students’ interests and future goals.