Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies

The CAS in Security Studies is a 12-credit, interdisciplinary program for law and graduate students preparing for careers in national security, homeland security, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.

Certificate students collaborate across a range of subjects, benefitting from faculty expertise in national, international, and homeland security; international law and atrocity law; military operations and defense strategy; counterterrorism law and policy; counter-proliferation; diplomacy and international relations; mass communication; cybersecurity and cyberespionage; conflict and postconflict studies; and more.  Alumni form an extended, active, and influential network, boosting INSCT’s reputation as a “go to” organization for shaping discourse on security challenges and for training the next generation of scholars and practitioners. Students also can join the INSCT-supported Student Association on Terrorism and Security Analysis.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“I am incredibly grateful to have had INSCT at the core of my studies. The courses on defense and national security issues that were incredibly challenging, informative, and enjoyable. I am also extremely grateful to INSCT for providing me the opportunity to study counterterrorism in Herzliya, Israel, which exposed me to new perspectives and policies that would be hard to grasp without this first-hand experience.”—Frank Garrison, MPA Candidate (2019)

“Working at INSCT helped me to get my dream internship in the field of cybersecurity, and I can look back having earned many valuable insights for my future career.”—Benedikt Abendroth, MAIR ’15

Who Can Apply?

The CAS in Security Studies is available to matriculated SU law and graduate students. Interested students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to visit the INSCT office during the spring semester of their first year to register for the certificate and to discuss a course plan with staff.

Interdisciplinary coursework for the CAS in Security Studies aims to provide students the following outcomes:
Understanding of central security themes: globalization, global security, foreign policy, and models of conflict, particularly the role nation-states and international organizations play in the modern global system. 
Knowledge of a range of theoretical frameworks necessary to contextualize traditional and non-traditional security threats.  
Ability to think creatively about complex problems in order to produce, evaluate, and implement innovative solutions, often as a team-member.
A grounding in focused topic areas, such as international cybersecurity, security strategies in the Middle East, threat and risk assessment, and public relations.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to a range of professional audiences.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Interested students should first consult with their Faculty Advisor who will determine whether the student can pursue the CAS in Security Studies, consistent with the requirements of his/her degree program.
  2. Students then must complete the Graduate School Internal Admission Application Form, signed by the students’ department representative. This application should be submitted to the INSCT office during the fall semester of the student’s first year in his or her graduate program.
  3. Students also must fill out a Proposed Program of Study Form and submit it to the INSCT office.
  4. The Professional Profile Form helps us connect you with our professional network. Please fill this form out and submit it to the INSCT office.

If you require more information, contact the INSCT office at insct@syr.edu or 315.443.2284.

How Do I Receive the Certificate?

  • Law and graduate students must file a diploma request form on MySlice (and update their addresses). Filing on MySlice activates the certification process and awarding of a degree. Click here for more information.
  • You will be reminded by INSCT in February/March of your final year to complete the Diploma Request Form and to submit your Final Program of Study Form.
  • Projects or courses otherwise not listed may qualify for credit subject to approval by the Program Director. To petition to have non-listed study qualify for the CAS, complete a Waiver Petition Form and submit it to the INSCT office.
  • The Program Director will recommend granting the CAS in Security Studies to students who have met all of the requirements and who are in good standing.

What Are the Requirements?

  • Students must complete 12 credits (six from the required course list and six from the elective course list—see below).
  • No course may count if taken pass/fail or audited.

Course Options

Fall 2018 Courses

1) Required Courses—take a minimum of six credits from the following:

Central Challenges in National Security Law and Policy (PAI 730/LAW 883)

Using a series of case studies that jump off the front page, this course examines critically the hardest US national security law and policy challenges of the decades ahead. Topics include:

  • Decisions to intervene and what laws apply if we do intervene in humanitarian crises, insurrections, or civil wars.
  • Dealing with the “Arab Spring.”
  • Dealing with Iran and North Korea, related to nuclear weapons.
  • Anticipating and controlling new technologies in warfare and surveillance.
  • Managing civil/military relations in protecting the homeland.
  • Countering cyber threats to our infrastructure and cyber attacks waged by nation states, such as China and Russia.
  • Managing public health as a national security issue.
  • Resource depletion and global warming as a national security issue.

Offered by James Steinberg and William Banks.

Comparative Civil-Military Relations (PSC 785)

This course has four separate units, which are intended to introduce you to the major issues in the study of civil-military relations:

  1. Foundations: States, Militaries, Nations, and Military Professionalism
  2. Who’s In Charge? Military Intervention and Civilian Control
  3. Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force
  4. New Challenges in Civil-Military Relations

Most of these units could be courses in themselves, so this course will only scratch the surface of existing literature.

International Security (PAI 717)

This course familiarizes students with some of the major theoretical approaches to the study of international security and some of the central issues shaping current debates about security and the use of force. We will investigate causes of war; strategies for avoiding conflict; and the impact of new technologies, actors, and ideas on calculations about the use of force.

Topics include:

  • Anarchy and realism
  • Alliances and security regimes
  • The political economy of national security
  • The democratic peace
  • Nationalism and ethnic conflict
  • Culture and security
  • The impact of changing weapons technologies
  • The impact of resources and migration on security
  • International intervention
  • The role of transnational actors in international security

 Offered by Renee de Nevers.

National Security and Counterterrorism Research Center (LAW 822)

The National Security and Counterterrorism Research Center serves as a working research laboratory for law and other graduate students interested in national security and counterterrorism issues. Students will work in teams on research projects assigned by the director. Other faculty within Syracuse University and experts outside the University may also participate in the development and implementation of research projects. Typically, the projects will involve assessments of legal and law-related issues of concern to federal, state, and local government officials in responding to national security and terrorism threats. Other projects may examine private sector security concerns. Research projects may by arrangement with sources external to Syracuse University, while others may be developed from within the College of Law or the University.

National Security Law (LAW 700)

A course that covers the fundamental topics in national security law, using case studies, simulations, and class discussions.

Part 1: Framework of National Security Law
Part II: International Law as ”Our Law”
Part III: Using Force Abroad
Part IV: Intelligence Operations and Collection
Part V: Homeland Security

Offered by William Banks and David Crane.

US Defense Strategy (PAI 739)

This course examines the Defense Strategy of the US and its allies and its implementation by military forces from 2001 to the present. Students will study national-level strategic guidance from the National Command Authority, and understand how national security is carried out by the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commanders and subordinate units.

International security dynamics and military posture related to terrorism and proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass effect also will be examined. Students will participate in specific case studies of planning and execution of combat and humanitarian assistance operations with allied forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, Haiti, the Far East, Colombia, and on the high seas.

US Intelligence Community: Governance and Practice (PAI 738)

This course examines the evolution of the US Intelligence Community since its inception in 1947 through the present day. Key phases and specific events will be explored, including efforts during …

  • The Cold War
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Vietnam Conflict
  • The Church Committee
  • The Balkans Conflicts
  • Pre- and post-9/11 operations
  • The 9/11 and WMD Commissions and the legislative overhaul mandated by Congress in 2004.

The course also will review governance and oversight of the intelligence community by the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and students will study the functional elements of intelligence tradecraft (human intelligence, signals intelligence, imagery analysis, etc.), and engagement with international counterparts. The class will participate in case studies that students will evaluate, provide briefings for, and make recommendations in regard to, both in terms of analysis- and intelligence-driven decision-making on policy and operations.

Offered by Robert Murrett.

US National Security and Foreign Policy (PAI 718/PSC 706)

This is a policy-oriented course in which students study a range of issues in the field of US national security and foreign policy. Using readings, case studies, exercises, simulations, personal experience, invited guest speakers, class discussion, and oral presentations, this course explores:

  • The US  national security structure and strategy
  • Threats to US national interest
  • Diplomacy and the use of force
  • Civil-military relations
  • The place of the UN and other international organizations in US foreign and defense policy
  • The role of human rights and morality in US policy
  • Links between foreign and defense policy and homeland security
  • US relations with allies and real and potential adversaries

Offered by Renee de Nevers

2) Elective Courses—take six credits:

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NOTE: Elective courses change each semester.


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