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Security & Intelligence Studies

The Security and Intelligence Studies major offers a comprehensive education in issues including terrorism and counterterrorism, ethics, national security, and geopolitics. The major is designed to provide students with the substantive knowledge and critical thinking skills they will need to succeed in a graduate program or in a position with a local, state, or federal government agency. The course of study offers classes including:

  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Chinese History and Politics
  • American Foreign Policy
  • International Terrorism
  • Intelligence Ethics
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Espionage and Intelligence
  • Covert Action
  • Advanced Topics in Geopolitics
  • Cold War History and Politics
  • 21st Century Security Challenges

Political instability, cycles of violence in the Middle East, terrorism, an antagonistic Russia, nuclear proliferation, and civil war are familiar to all of us. These concerns are pressing and unlikely to abate in the near term, and will only be exacerbated by issues such as climate change and economic instability, which may pose challenges in their own right. Employers are looking for college graduates who possess excellent written and oral communication skills and can demonstrate an understanding of contemporary security threats and challenges as well as US policy in regard to these issues.

SIS highlights

  • Learn about the security challenges facing the United States.
  • Prepare yourself for jobs with local, state, or national government agencies.
  • Emphasize analytic skills to help you prepare for graduate school.
  • Present your research at academic conferences.
  • Your final project showcases your knowledge and critical thinking skills, and looks great on your resume or graduate school application!

What can I do with an SIS Major (or Minor)?

The Security and Intelligence major will benefit you if you are interested in careers in government, including but not limited to military, diplomacy, or intelligence. The U.S. intelligence community consists of 17 agencies, all of which are seeking qualified individuals. The SIS degree is also beneficial if you are interested in a career in Law, especially international or national security law.

The SIS minor can complement degrees in Political Science, History, and Business—particularly in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, or Administration. Business graduates who can document awareness of security issues and international affairs will stand out when applying for positions in management, investing, consulting, and financial intelligence.

The SIS minor will also help enhance majors in the physical and social sciences such as Neuroscience, Forensic Science, Physics, Mathematics, and Psychology, particularly if you intend to work in government-funded research (classified or unclassified).

Security and Intelligence Faculty

Security and Intelligence Studies Coursework

To view all required courses for a BA in Security and Intelligence Studies click here.

To view all required courses for a minor in Security and Intelligence Studies click here.

To view course descriptions click here.

Laptop Requirement

The Security and Intelligence Studies program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.


For information about accreditation click here.



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