Technology and International Security Minor

With significant expertise in all regions of the world, the University of Washington is an ideal training ground to advance understanding of emerging threats and opportunities at the nexus of technology and international security. Through methodological and substantive coursework, we educate and train students — future scientists, lawyers, and researchers — to engage with security issues in their historical, cultural, and political contexts. The program prepares them to analyze and propose policy solutions for a wide range of topics of concern to scholars and practitioners. The program has the following learning objectives.

  1. Students will be conversant in the overall international security landscape including major trends, actors, and institutions in diverse contexts.
  2. Students will be able to articulate pressing international technology related security challenges and opportunities.
  3. Student will be able to discuss international technology policy challenges and existing international agreements (or lack thereof).
  4. Students will become experts in a sub-field of technology policy – either subject-based expertise, such as space, cyber, nuclear, energy; or regionally-based, such as SE Asia.
  5. Students will gain experience in applied research of interest to governments and businesses among others, building expertise in qualitative data analysis software (ATLAS.ti); basic innovation skills (mapping, cyber simulations, misinformation identification prototypes, big data analytics interfaces, table-top exercises, etc.); and policy papers for distribution to specific international security and policy institutions.

This undergraduate minor is administered by QUAL in partnership with The Henry M. Jackson school of International Studies, and the Space Law, Data, and Policy (SLDP) Institute at the School of Law at the University of Washington. Please contact if you have any questions.


Students interested in pursuing this option are required to complete a minimum of 25 credits as indicated below. For executive programs and certificates, please see the website of SLDP [forthcoming].

  • A minimum of 5 credits of Qualitative Data/Methods-Focused coursework
  • A minimum of 10 credits of Policy-Focused coursework
  • A minimum of 10 credits of Area-Focused coursework

Methods-Focused Courses

Minimum 5 credits

  • JSIS 310 A Data Ethnography and Qualitative Methods
  • JSIS 478/578 Data, Science, and Diplomacy
  • Approved courses taken by a student in or a graduate of the UW-QUAL program.

Policy-Focused Courses

Minimum 10 credits

  • HSTAA 345 History of the Digital Age
  • JSIS B 355/555 Cybersecurity and International Studies
  • JSIS B 357 The Geopolitics of Energy
  • JSIS B 370 Privacy
  • JSIS B 444/544-AA490/590-ESS488A/585-LAW544A/544 B Space Law and Policy
  • JSIS B 429/529 Nuclear Nonproliferation and International Safeguards
  • JSIS 478/INFO 498 Global Disinformation

Area-Focused Courses

Minimum 10 credits

  • JSIS A 472 Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies in East Asia
  • JSIS 478/578 Eurasian Nuclear Security Issues: Russia, Iran, South Asia
  • JSIS 478 Energy Geopolitics in East Asia, Japan, China, S. Korea, N. Korea, Russia
  • JSIS A 478 Japanese Business and Technology
  • JSIS 488/578 NATO, Cyber and Energy 
  • JSIS B 480/581 Fundamentals of Global Cybersecurity

Task Force, Special Topics, Other Courses

(petition required for credits to substitute for one policy-focused or area-focused course indicated above)

  • JSIS 495 TASKFORCE (option only available for students who are Global and Regional Studies majors): Any course focused on technology and international security
    • Preventing Disasters in Outer Space (Spring 2022)
    • NATO and Emerging Technology (Spring 2022)
  • Other UW Courses: Any course focused on technology and international security

Graduate-level courses

  • JSIS B 527 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Development, Deployment, and Detection
  • JSIS 578 Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change 
  • JSIS 590 Special Topics: Any course focused on technology and international security
  • LAW E 554 Technology Law And Public Policy Clinic
  • LAW B 599 Teaching Technology Policy and Ethics