The Terrorism Studies Program provides the future leaders of the army with the intellectual tools necessary to understand the landscape of global terrorism and the multifaceted issues associated with counterterrorism policy. Housed within the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, the Terrorism Studies Program leverages the robust expertise and experiences of the department’s permanent and rotating faculty members.
The Terrorism Studies Minor (TSM) is designed to provide cadets with the intellectual, conceptual, analytical and theoretical tools to understand the nature, implications, root causes and complex challenges posed by terrorism in the twenty-first century. The TSM is based on two pillars: academic and professional development. These interrelated components are designed to offer cadets a world-class education in the different facets of terrorism and political violence and the ways governments respond to these challenges, while creating a community of young counterterrorism professionals.