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Intelligence and National Security Studies


Description of the Major:

Intelligence and National Security Studies is a multi-disciplinary program designed to prepare students for positions in security-related career fields that involve analysis, research, evaluation and planning of intelligence and policy matters.  The program emphasizes a strong liberal arts perspective to develop abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and cross-cultural understanding.

The Student Experience:

  • The only Intelligence and National Security Studies undergraduate program in the southeastern United States.
  • A high-quality faculty with substantial practical experience in the United States Intelligence Community including the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and Naval Intelligence.
  • Minors that complement the field of study in such areas as Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, African Studies, Latin American Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science.

Beyond the Classroom:

The new security environment, as well as the expansion of intelligence applications in new areas like law enforcement and business, has expanded the number of opportunities for this field of study.  Potential career fields include:  Intelligence Analysis, Counter-Terrorism, Law Enforcement, Counter-Intelligence, Homeland Security, Corporate Security, Imagery and Geospatial Analysis.


Areas of Study:

ANTH 102 Understanding Other Cultures POLI 357 Homeland Security
POLI 101 Introduction to World Politics POLI 358 Intelligence Operations
POLI 343 Terrorism and Political Violence POLI 359 National Security Strategy
POLI 350 Introduction to Intelligence Studies POLI 459 Al Qaeda
POLI 356 Intelligence Analysis GEOG 400 Geospatial Intelligence

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