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This concentration is meant to teach the student how social influence and persuasion works, specifically focusing on different aspects of information warfare and data collection.

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.

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Dr. Craig Albert- Program Director

Summerville Campus

Allgood Hall

1120 15th St, AH-N309
Augusta, GA 30912



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

Core Courses:

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: 


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