Areas of Concentration

Understanding Terrorist Threats and U.S. Counter-strategies: Understanding the drivers of terrorism and criminal activity

  • POLI 489: Special Topics Weapons of Mass Destruction (Completed): This course has taught me how to analyze political and strategic dynamics in nuclear weapons issues from the past to today’s nuclear weapons issues.  

  • POLI 489: Special Topics Deterring Terrorism (Completed): This course has taught me how to analyze past terrorist acts and why deterrence fails or succeeds. 

  • POLI 489: Special Topics Security & Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation (Completed): This course taught me about the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons as a major international security concern and risk. It involved an in-depth analytic approach of cases and examining the technology of weapons, proliferation, deterrence, preemption, and prevention of such weapons. 

  • HIST 348: American Intelligence: Revolution to 9/11 (Completed): This course taught U.S. Intelligence organizations role in military, diplomatic and political affairs including cyber espionage. 

  • HIST 208: Global Terrorism (Completed): This course gave me an overview of domestic and international terrorism and counter-measures the U.S. has taken previously and currently.

  • SOCY 397: Crimes and Networks (Completed): This course helped me study and understand why criminals tend to copy previous criminals activities, such as mass shooters sometimes copying another shooter.

 

Designing, Securing and Managing Information Systems: Topics include management, easily accessible systems, and ethical issues

  • IS 300: Management of Information Systems (Completed): This course gave me an overview of management reporting systems and the agile product development life cycles used for managing teams or an organization. 

  • IS 303: Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction (Completed): This course taught me important development and design techniques to make sure applications are usable to all people. (Fulfilled Prerequisites: IS 300)

  • IS 304: Ethical Issues in Information Systems (Completed): This course is important because it has taught me how to have good ethical standards and policies.

  • CMSC 491: Active Cyber Defense (Completed):  This course has taught me how to find vulnerabilities and secure computer systems by attacking actual systems set up in labs to get hands-on learning experience. 

 

Understanding Disaster Response: Gaining skills in disaster management and understanding mental stress caused by disasters.

  • EHS 200 Concepts of Emergency Health Services (Completed): This will provide me with “an overview of the operation of emergency health service systems.”

  • GES 312 Natural Hazards (SP21):  This course will provide me working knowledge of physical processes, historical cases, social impacts, mitigation strategies, and the manner in which one type of hazard or natural disaster may precondition or trigger another.

  • POLI 395: National Security Policy of the U.S. (SP21): This course will help me understand threat perception, crisis management and intelligence analysis regarding national security including cyber security.

  • PSYC 285: Abnormal Psychology (Completed): This course will help me understand how mental illness can affect both Cyber Criminals and Disaster Survivors. (Fulfilled Prerequisites: PSYC 100)

 

Applying Integrative Strategies to Technology in Disaster Management: 

  • MLL 305: Introduction to Intercultural Communication (Completed): This course will help me learn the basic issues of intercultural communication and how to solve and approach intercultural issues that may arise. 

  • INDS 330: Ways of Knowing (Completed): This course has given me an introduction to interdisciplinary methods as well as thinking across disciplines to solve issues. 

  • INDS 335: Interdisciplinary Degree Plan Writing Seminar (Completed): This course has helped me apply integrative strategies to prepare my INDS degree.

  • INDS 399: Guided Reading (Completed): This course will help me review existing literature about my area of study and help me prepare for my capstone project.

  • INDS 410: Interdisciplinary Internships: Parsons Cyber (Completed): This Internship taught me how to use the agile development lifecycle, work in a team and develop software and applications for federal use.

  • INDS 430: Interdisciplinary Study Seminar: Kinetic Sculpture Project (Completed): This course offered me skills in project management and working on an interdisciplinary team in order to solve complex problems. 

  • INDS 480: Capstone Project Seminar (Completed): This course will ensure that my capstone meets the requirements of the INDS program and make sure it's manageable to get done.

  • INDS 490: Capstone Project (SP21): This course will help me create a deliverable of my studies and research to present to employers or graduate programs.