This concentration is meant to teach the student how social influence and persuasion
works, specifically focusing on different aspects of information warfare and data
The concentration teaches how strategic adversaries have targeted propaganda campaigns
against the United States as well as cross-cultural comparisons. When possible, the
courses will also focus on case-studies of US adversaries to understand strategic
comparative advantage concerning social influence campaigns.
This concentration is interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, teaching the
social science of influence campaigns combined with modules on communication, history,
intelligence studies, and socio-psychological aspects of group behavior and decision-making.
The concentration is aimed at understanding the human element of cyber-operations
involving social influence including social media warfare.
Social influence is one of the most important forms of information operations (IO)
and is routinely deployed within great power politics, both as a force multiplier,
and as a great balancer between nation-states with discrepancies in their national
power indices. In this program students will be able to expand their knowledge base
on important aspects such as how information warfare and propaganda integrate with
intelligence, how online deception and social influence work among many other objectives.
Program of Study
PADM 6351: Introduction to Homeland Security
SECR 6411: Introduction to Intelligence Studies
SECR 6600: Research and Analysis Methods for Intelligence and Security Studies
SECR 6906: Terrorism Studies
SECR 6911: Introduction to Security Studies
SECR 6916: The Causes and Prevention of War
Social Influence Concentration Courses:
SECR 6168: Cross-Cultural Security and Psychology
SECR 6413: Open Source Intelligence Collection
SECR 6920: Weaponizing Information: The History and Theory of Propaganda
SECR 6982: Information Warfare
SECR 6998: Thesis I or SECR 6997 Capstone
SECR 6999: Thesis II or SECR 6997
SECR 6809: Ethnic Conflict
SECR 6919: Psychology of Terrorism
There are a variety of employment opportunities in the profession of Intelligence
and Security Studies. Having a dedicated concentration in social influence will greatly
amplify the job prospects of our graduating students in the areas:
Strategic Security Policy
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