Transnational Security and Migration Cluster

Students interested in transnational security have the rare opportunity to study one of the critical threats to the security of contemporary societies — that is, the threat posed by radically anti-Western terrorist networks in Europe and the United States. Through the Klausen Social Science Lab, students will also become familiar with the tools security experts now use to assess such threats, such as cutting-edge software and political science methods of network analysis.

Social Science Lab

Students interested in Global Security have the chance to work in Professor Jytte Klausen's Social Science lab. The lab's current major project is on Western Jihadism, which collects and analyzes data about people involved in terrorist networks that are active in Europe and the United States. Internships in Professor Klausen's lab provide students with skills they can use in future careers in threat assessment and deterrence.

As researchers in the lab, students learn to use public source data for social sciences research on terrorism. Students are trained in designing datasets and data collection and translating qualitative information into quantitative data and metrics. (This class would serve as a core course in methodology.)

This training and research gives students the opportunity to publish single-author or coauthored working papers and articles on contemporary jihadism, as well as to prepare other public presentations on current security concerns.

Transnational Security and Migration Courses

All students interested in the Global Security cluster are encouraged to take POL 160A: The War on Global Terrorism.

In addition to the Global Studies core curriculum, students also take three or four electives that will prepare them to understand the origins and nature of the terrorist groups. These classes may include:

Course Number Course Name
ANTH 129A Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities
ANTH 134B Rethinking Revolutions: Ethnographic Explorations into Radical Political
HIST 111A History of the Modern Middle East
HIST 112A Nationalism in the Middle East
HIST 156A US Responses to Global Inequality: Recent Histories
HIST 175B 1 Resistance and Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean
IGS 130A Global Migration
LGLS 123B Immigration and Human Rights
LGLS 130A Conflict Analysis and Intervention
POL 133A Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
POL 134B The Global Migration Crisis
POL 135B The Politics of Islamic Resurgence
POL 145B Muslims in the West: Politics, Religion, and Law
POL 160A The War on Global Terror
POL 164A Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
POL 173A US Foreign Economic Policy
POL 174B Seminar: Problems of National Security
POL 134B The Global Migration Crisis
PSYC 32A Abnormal Psychology
SOC 122A Sociology of American Immigration
SOC 124A Gender and Human Rights
SOC 127A Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
SOC 146B Nationalism and Globalization