Date of Graduation

Winter 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

Research Sponsor

Dr. Ron Gelleny

First Reader

Dr. James Sperling

Second Reader

Dr. Terry O'Sullivan


How extremist groups use the internet has recently become a major national security issue. This paper discusses the role that the internet plays in the radicalization process. It will review recent research that analyzes how extremist groups use the internet and properties of the internet that may help to radicalize an individual. This paper will lay a foundation for future research to establish relationships between the internet and the radicalization process.