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New degree program focuses on intelligence and national security

    In the past decade, intelligence analysis has become an increasingly relevant field of academic study. In response to this trend,CCU has developed a new bachelor’s degree program in intelligence and national security. The new major was added in the fall 2012 semester.

  Directed by Jonathan Smith, a former intelligence analyst with the U.S. Navy, the program trains students to research, analyze and evaluate information. Students in the program develop an understanding of the intelligence process, its effect on policymaking, and the legal ramifications of the process.

  “There is a misconception that ‘intelligence’ work is limited to military and top-secret government activities,” said Smith. “While that is definitely an important area, there are a growing number of other businesses and agencies, both in the public and private sectors, that need intelligence analysis. These include state and local law enforcement, healthcare, communications, transportation and other types of activities.”

   A native of Florence, S.C., Smith was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 23 years, serving in Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. During his military career he trained hundreds of intelligence analysts. Smith earned a doctorate in political science and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina, and he was on the political science faculty at Presbyterian College for 14 years.