Syllabi & Resources for Students

On this page you’ll find links to my course pages and syllabi as well as several downloadable resources.

COURES

Courses

American Security Policy

GOVT 346

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Politics and the Media

GOVT 412

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Foundations of Security Studies
GOVT 744

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International Security

GOVT 745

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The Politics of National Security

GOVT 790

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Global Health Capstone

BIOD 790

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Study abroad

International Security Studies in Switzerland

Are you planning a career in national or international security? Interested in working abroad? Spent enough time in Fairfax and looking to expand your horizons?

Join us every July in Fribourg, Switzerland for a life-changing experience as we visit the United Nations, NATO, and the EU Parliament to learn about international security first-hand from ambassadors, foreign ministers, and military professionals.

 

CLASSES

Resources

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How to Take Notes

If you’re relying on a highlighter you’re probably doing it wrong. PDF

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How to Write a Policy Memo

Written especially for people writing analytical memos but contains generally valuable advice for memo writers. PDF

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How to Write Persuasive Policy Commentary

Advice for those who want to publish op-eds and commentaries in mainstream outlets.

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Tips for Writing More Effectively

Strategic and tactical guidance for both undergraduate and graduate students writing research papers.

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Professor Thrall's Pearls of Paper Writing Wisdom

20 years of teaching paper writing distilled into the five pieces of advice I have given the most frequently.

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How to Write a Literature Review

Reveals what literature reviews are actually for and how they should be conducted.

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How to Review Other People's Work

How to be constructive and not a jerk when you review other people’s work.

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How to Revise Your Own Work

How to be constructive and not a jerk when you review and revise your own work.

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How to Pick a Great Research Topic

If you think finding a good topic is hard – you’re correct. Here are some tips to get you moving in the right direction

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