The next generation of national security professionals must engage some of the most important and challenging questions of our time, questions such as: Must Americans compromise civil liberties to enable government surveillance of suspected terrorists? How does the US respond to cyberattacks? How can the laws of war be applied to non-state actors? How does the rule of law guide strategies for responding to domestic threats?
Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law’s interdisciplinary law and graduate academic programs—and their calibrated mix of academic research and real-world practice—are designed to give law and policy students the best possible theoretical and practical training as they prepare themselves for careers in national and international security, counterterrorism, international law, postconflict reconstruction, and cybersecurity.
In addition to its three certificates of advanced study—in National Security and Counterterrorism Law, Security Studies, and Postconflict Reconstruction—SPL directs a study abroad program in Israel; supports student-run organizations; and sponsors advanced graduate research.
With tools shaped and honed at SPL, alumni have secured positions in the US government (CIA, NSA, FBI, ODNI); international organizations (ICC, World Bank); US military (JAG Corps); and think tanks and consultancies (Booz Allen, Deloitte).
Learn More About SPL’s Certificate Programs
The CAS in National Security and Counterterrorism Law is an interdisciplinary, 15-credit program of study for law and graduate students specializing in national security, homeland security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and related fields.
The CAS in Security Studies is a 12-credit, interdisciplinary law and policy studies program for law and graduate students students preparing for careers in national security, homeland security, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.
The CAS in Postconflict Reconstruction (PCR) is a 12-credit, multidisciplinary law and policy studies program for law and graduate students students preparing for careers in PCR, peace building, humanitarian relief, and development.
Other Academic Opportunities
Syracuse University has been designated as a United States Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (ICCAE)—a highly competitive, congressionally mandated program funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Intelligence Agency, which partners with universities to increase the diversity of the U.S. intelligence workforce. The ICCAE offers undergraduate and graduate students unique coursework as well as programmatic and training opportunities to prepare for professional positions in any of the 17 agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
SPL’s Program on Security in the Middle East is a multi-part, international, interdisciplinary initiative that takes a cross-cultural approach toward understanding the historical, religious, social, and political complexities that impact the region. It includes the Becker Speaker Series and a study abroad option for law and graduate students.
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