2005 Teaching Nonproliferation Summer Institute
Collection of Sample Syllabi
Prepared by Charles Fagan
This collection of syllabi, all available on the internet, is meant to provide examples of
how some people have approached teaching the subject matter of weapons of mass
destruction. They come from both graduate and undergraduate level courses and provide
a wide range of possibilities both in organization and content. They were collected by
doing several simple searches on Google.com, including Weapons of Mass Destruction
Syllabus, Nonproliferation Syllabus, and Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapons Syllabus.
Only courses with at least a large section on weapons of mass destruction were included
and most are from after 9/11.
- This teacher’s tool kit on NTI’s website provides overviews of over 40
courses taught around the country on nonproliferation and weapons of mass
destruction. Also, there are links to the actual syllabi available for many of the
Courses Focused on Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, or Arms Control
- This course is on weapons of mass destruction and is from the summer of
- A course on the possibility of terrorists gaining access to weapons of mass
destruction as well as the threat posed by “rogue” nations.
- This Princeton University course from the spring of 2004 looks at the threat of
weapons of mass destruction and what protection there is against them
- An introduction to global policy issues dealing with weapons of mass
destruction and possible measures to stop their spread.
- An interdisciplinary approach to looking at the decisions regarding nuclear
weapons both in the past and in the current world.
- A course on arms control and disarmament.
- A course on American defense and arm control policy since 1945.
- A course on both arms control and proliferation with a focus on the post Cold
- This graduate level course looks at the challenges that weapons of mass
destruction pose to security policy.
- This course is a seminar on proliferation, arms control, and disarmament with
a focus on current events.
- A course on proliferation in the new post 9/11 world.
- This course examines the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, efforts
to control them, and international law.
- A course on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction mainly from the
perspective of U.S. national security.
Courses with Large Sections on Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, or
- This course, taught at the University of Michigan in the spring of 1999,
focuses on security studies with a section on weapons of mass destruction
- This course looks at global security problems with a section on weapons of
mass destruction. It was taught at the University of Maryland in the spring of
- A course on international conflict, it has a large section on nuclear
- This course looks at American defense policy since World War II including a
section on proliferation and the impact of weapons of mass destruction. It was
taught in the spring of 2005.
- A course on American National Security Policy, it has a section on weapons
of mass destruction and arms control.
- This course on Homeland Security includes a section on weapons of mass
- This course on global security policy focuses on the shift of U.S. policy since
September 11th and includes sections on both North Korea and Iran
- This course looks at the Russian and U.S. cooperation and competition in both
Eurasia and the Middle East including the challenge of proliferation of
weapons of mass destruction.
- This course begins with an overview of security studies and includes a section
on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
- This course on U.S. national security policy has large sections on the
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, homeland security, and world
reaction to U.S. actions after September 11.
Courses in Other Disciplines
- A math based course on preventative defense against weapons of mass
destruction. It was taught at the University of Illinois in the spring of 2001.
- This course is about the seismology behind detecting a nuclear explosion.
- This law school class looks at the international laws governing weapons of
mass destruction and their proliferation.