Certificate in Intelligence and Terrorism Profiling


This certificate is designed for the student who wants to be able to describe and explain terrorism and terrorism dynamics in order to provide better counterterrorism techniques and prevention strategies. This certificate will explore and assess various characteristics, some of them mental that may explain this behavior as well as delve into de-humanization factors that affect these individuals. This program will also address behavior and verbal signs the student can learn to assist in predicting dangerousness. Students taking this certificate will be able to explain and discuss the nature of charismatic leadership. Students will acquire the tools necessary to identify and evaluate the variety of structures of terrorist organizations, from strict hierarchy to diffuse networks, as well as the implications of structure and internal dynamics on terrorist actions and capabilities. And finally, this program teaches how vetting is conducted, and how the reliability of a source is established, quantified, reported, and verified.


Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to do the following:

  • Research the various behaviors inherent to terrorist groups and . psychological and sociological characteristics of terrorists.
  • Evaluate the triggering mechanisms that can incite a cultic community to turn to violence using conceptual reasoning.
  • Analyze the workings of a domestic (United States) terrorist group in order to classify and distinguish the different dynamics at work in these types of groups.
  • Apply the analytical tools used most often in counter-terrorism analysis and make recommendations on mitigation strategies.
  • Practice and employ effective techniques in writing about and communicating issues relating to secret societies in strategic security.

Certificate (18 Credit Hours)

TCT525     Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis

TCT570     Cults and Charismatic Leaders

TCT571     Secret Societies

TCT576     Analyzing the Terrorist Mind

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.