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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:
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.
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
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).
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.
The Security and Intelligence Studies program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam
For information about accreditation click here.