The Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies is designed to enhance your ability to research, analyze, and convert data into clear and coherent intelligence. This online bachelor’s degree focuses on national and international intelligence operations, analysis, ethics, collection methods, research, and counterintelligence. This degree program is helpful if you are currently employed in the intelligence field, or wish to pursue positions as military, civilian, or corporate intelligence specialists.

Core courses in this program impart substantive knowledge and analytic skills required by all professionals in the intelligence community, while the concentration choices enable you to focus on a functional area or intelligence sub-field. This degree program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or other intelligence organizations.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of intelligence studies, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution, structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of the U.S. national intelligence community.
  • Detail the structures, functions, capabilities, and contributions of national intelligence consumers to include the national command authority, executive departments, Congress, military services, joint/unified commands, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Specify the intelligence cycle including intelligence planning, data collection, data exploitation, analysis, production, and dissemination phases.
  • Differentiate among the fundamental capabilities and limitations and means of tasking human, geographic/imagery, signals, measurement and technical and open intelligence data sources.
  • Detail the current permissions and restrictions on U.S. national intelligence community activities as prescribed by federal law, executive and agency directives, and the intelligence oversight system.
  • Conduct basic research and compose professional and academic analyses on issues critical to intelligence consumers.

Degree at a Glance

First Course Requirement3
General Education Requirements34
Core Requirements27
Select one of the following concentrations:27
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements27
Total Semester Hours121

Degree Program Requirements

First Course Requirement (3 semester hours)

COLL100Foundations of Online Learning 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Required as the first course in all undergraduate programs

General Education Requirements (34 semester hours)

English (6 semester hours)
ENGL101Proficiency in Writing (Required)3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
History (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
Humanities (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Arabic I
Art Appreciation
Public Speaking
French I
French II
German I
German II
Human Relations Communication
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Literature (3 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Mathematics (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Political Science (3 semester hours)
POLS210American Government I3
Science (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Physical Geology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Physics I with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH225 - Calculus)
Physics II with Lab (Prerequisite: MATH226 - Calculus II)
Social Sciences (6 semester hours)
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Total Semester Hours34
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing.

Core Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL200Introduction to Intelligence Studies3
IRLS210International Relations I3
SSGS300Research Design and Methods3
INTL301U.S. Intelligence Community3
INTL304Intelligence Collection3
INTL305Law and Ethics in Intelligence3
INTL401Critical Analysis3
INTL434Threat Analysis3
INTL443Foreign Intelligence Organizations3
Total Semester Hours27

Students must choose a concentration for this degree program and may select from a General Concentration, Concentration in Asian Area Studies, Concentration in Counterintelligence, Concentration in Criminal Intelligence, Concentration in Cyber, Concentration in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Concentration in Intelligence Analysis, Concentration in Intelligence Collection, Concentration in Intelligence Operations, Concentration in Latin America Area Studies, Concentration in Middle East Area Studies, or the Concentration in Terrorism Studies.

General Concentration (27 semester hours)

A general concentration allows you to take courses across a number of areas of study within your program based on your own interests.

Select 9 courses from the following:27
Intelligence and Homeland Security
Intelligence Analysis
Counterintelligence Operations
Counterintelligence Analysis
Counterintelligence
Espionage/Counterespionage
Denial and Deception
Applied Geospatial Intelligence
Signals Intelligence and Security
Open Source Collection
Human Intelligence
Interrogation
Criminal Intelligence Analysis
Geographic Information Systems I
Geographic Information Systems II
Cyber Warfare
Tactical Intelligence
Intelligence and Narcotics
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Terrorism and U.S. National Security
Illicit Finance
Forecasting Terrorism
Independent Study
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Asian Area Studies (27 semester hours)

Takes an in-depth look at Asia, including its security issues and the role of intelligence within the region. Topics include analysis techniques, including hypothesis generation, red-teaming, and adversarial collaboration; and the conflict between traditional norms and modern institutions.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze the role Intelligence plays within a specific country or region.
  • Examine the impact of US policy on the region.
  • Assess the security issues of the region.
  • Explain the role of religion in the political, economic, and cultural life of the area.

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL402Intelligence Analysis3
Select 8 courses from the following:24
Asia and the Modern World
Political Geography
Comparative Political Systems
Introduction to Human Security
Asian Politics
Environmental Security
Comparative Foreign Policy
Hinduism
Buddhism
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Counterintelligence (27 semester hours)

Demonstrates U.S. intelligence agencies use of counterintelligence and covert action to guard America's global interests and protect national security. Examines the counterintelligence professional’s role in overt and covert operations, and delves into research methods and tools used in counterintelligence.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Acquire a general knowledge of Counterintelligence research, analysis, and operations.
  • Analyze threats in the counterintelligence arena.
  • Examine the role of the Counterintelligence professional in both overt and covert operational styles.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of selected research methods and tools as they pertain to the counterintelligence environment.

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL408Counterintelligence Operations3
INTL409Counterintelligence Analysis3
INTL410Counterintelligence3
INTL412Espionage/Counterespionage3
INTL413Denial and Deception3
INTL422Open Source Collection3
INTL423Human Intelligence3
INTL424Interrogation3
INTL440Cyber Warfare3
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Criminal Intelligence (27 semester hours)

Addresses intelligence processes and procedures in criminal justice, various techniques used to understand violence, and the differences between crime, war, and terrorism. Covers criminal intelligence analysis and strategic organized crime; cyber warfare’s use in military, terrorist, and, criminal organizations; and the illegal drug trade’s impact on national security and intelligence gathering.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Explain intelligence processes and procedures in the criminal justice community.
  • Analyze the differences between crime, war, and terrorism.
  • Evaluate the various techniques and methodologies used within the Criminal Justice community to understand the different aspects of violence and accomplish their goals. 

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL402Intelligence Analysis3
INTL431Criminal Intelligence Analysis3
Select 7 courses from the following:21
Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications
Criminal Profiling
Criminology
Crime Analysis
International Criminal Organizations
Cyber Warfare
Intelligence and Narcotics
Illicit Finance
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Cyber (27 semester hours)

Offers an overview of cyber warfare and the potential impact of its use by military, terrorist, and criminal organizations, as well as the various methods of collection and analysis. Looks at the use of strategic and operational level communications (COMINT) and electronics (ELINT) intelligence. Topics also include the change in laws to account for crimes in the digital age.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze advanced intelligence data collection methods in supporting analyses on issues critical to intelligence community consumers.
  • Examine the full spectrum of the intelligence collection cycle and articulate effectively intelligence needs in future collection planning.
  • Assess the range of collection methods being used to fill intelligence gaps as well as the potential impact of future collection systems and capabilities and their ability to satisfy customers' intelligence requirements.

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL421Signals Intelligence and Security3
INTL422Open Source Collection3
INTL440Cyber Warfare3
Select 6 courses from the following:18
Criminal Justice Administration
Introduction to Networking
Computer Forensics
Computer and Network Security
Information Security
Cybercrime
Cybersecurity
Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) (27 semester hours)

Within this concentration students will gain foundational knowledge on the use and application of geospatial intelligence. Students will complete a variety of applied assignments that will require the use of geospatial intelligence tools to complete their work. Upon completion of the program students will have received instruction on core competencies specific to geospatial collection and analysis.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze threats using tools and techniques specific to geospatial analysis.
  • Examine the role of geospatial intelligence within the intelligence cycle.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of selected research methods and tools as they pertain to geospatial intelligence. 

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

GEOG200Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems I3
GEOG201Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems II3
INTL419Applied Geospatial Intelligence3
INTL432Geographic Information Systems I3
INTL433Geographic Information Systems II3
INTL402Intelligence Analysis3
INTL422Open Source Collection3
INTL442Tactical Intelligence3
INTL440Cyber Warfare3
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Intelligence Analysis (27 semester hours)

Provides an understanding of how to interpret information generated from a variety of different organizations and sources into a highly cogent and professional intelligence product. Explores using existing knowledge to find meaning behind what is not immediately apparent to forecast events or consequences and draw conclusions with a high degree of reliability and precision.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Examine advanced intelligence analysis methods in composing professional and academic analyses on issues critical to intelligence community consumers.
  • Evaluate and interpret information generated from a variety of different organizations and sources into a highly cogent and professional intelligence product.
  • Employ a broad, subtle, and nuanced understanding of existing knowledge to find meaning behind what is not immediately apparent to forecast events or consequences and draw conclusions with a high degree of reliability and precision.

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL402Intelligence Analysis3
Select 8 courses from the following:24
Counterintelligence Analysis
Denial and Deception
Applied Geospatial Intelligence
Open Source Collection
Criminal Intelligence Analysis
Geographic Information Systems I
Geographic Information Systems II
Intelligence and Narcotics
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Illicit Finance
Forecasting Terrorism
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Intelligence Collection (27 semester hours)

Considers collective methods used to fill gaps in intelligence, as well as the potential impacts of future collection systems and their ability to satisfy intelligence requirements. Also covers: the full spectrum of the intelligence collection cycle; intelligence needs in future collection planning; and advanced methods of collecting data to support intelligence community consumers.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze advanced intelligence data collection methods in supporting analyses on issues critical to intelligence community consumers.
  • Examine the full spectrum of the intelligence collection cycle and articulate effectively intelligence needs in future collection planning.
  • Assess the range of collection methods being used to fill intelligence gaps as well as the potential impact of future collection systems and capabilities and their ability to satisfy customers' intelligence requirements. 

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL410Counterintelligence3
INTL413Denial and Deception3
INTL419Applied Geospatial Intelligence3
INTL421Signals Intelligence and Security3
INTL422Open Source Collection3
INTL423Human Intelligence3
INTL424Interrogation3
INTL440Cyber Warfare3
INTL442Tactical Intelligence3
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Intelligence Operations (27 semester hours)

Surveys the nature and challenges to military planning of operations other than war, such as peacekeeping operations, low-intensity conflicts, and humanitarian relief efforts. Looks into ways to facilitate cooperation with others across the intelligence community, as well as intelligence management skills necessary for planning, management, and leadership positions.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Employ intelligence management skills required by planning and management positions in the intelligence community.
  • Identify ways to facilitate cooperation with other individuals and organizations across the intelligence community to advance projects and corporate goals.
  • Examine the nature and challenges to military planning of combined operations and operations other than war including peacekeeping operations, low intensity conflicts, and humanitarian relief operations.

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

Select 9 courses from the following:27
Intelligence and Homeland Security
Counterintelligence Operations
Counterintelligence
Espionage/Counterespionage
Denial and Deception
Cyber Warfare
Tactical Intelligence
Intelligence and Narcotics
Illicit Finance
Environmental Security
Principles of Peacekeeping
Peacekeeping Logistics
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Latin America Area Studies (27 semester hours)

Explores the politics, cultures, history, and predominant language of Latin America, as well as U.S. intelligence operations there to guard America's global interests and protect national security. Topics include security issues in the region and the part intelligence plays in the war on drugs.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze the role Intelligence plays in the War on Drugs.
  • Examine the impact of U.S. policy on the region.
  • Assess the security issues of the region.
  • Explain the role of the political, economic, and cultural life of the area.

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL402Intelligence Analysis3
Select 8 courses from the following:24
History of Latin America
Intelligence and Narcotics
Political Geography
Comparative Political Systems
Latin American Politics
Introduction to Human Security
Environmental Security
Comparative Foreign Policy
Latin American Literature
Spanish I
Spanish II
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Middle East Area Studies (27 semester hours)

Delves into the intelligence community and its relationship to the Middle East through the region’s language, politics, history, and culture. Topics include a study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; major Middle Eastern literary works dating back to ancient times; the origins and evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict; and past and present U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Analyze the role Intelligence plays within a specific country or region.
  • Examine the impact of U.S. policy on the region.
  • Assess the security issues of the region.
  • Explain the role of religion in the political, economic, and cultural life of the area. 

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL402Intelligence Analysis3
ARAB100Arabic I3
Select 7 courses from the following:21
History of the Middle East
Political Geography
Global Politics of Islam
Government & Security in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict: Contemp. Politics & Dipl.
Politics and Security in the Persian Gulf
Middle Eastern Literature
Religions of the Middle East
Islam
Total Semester Hours27

Concentration in Terrorism Studies (27 semester hours)

Evaluates leading terrorist organizations and their agendas, as well as the causes of and threats from domestic and international terrorism. Explores information sharing limits under the PATRIOT Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. Teaches how to identify the leading terrorist organizations, understand their agendas, and develop the critical thinking skills and methodological techniques to defeat them.

Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Appraise the causes of and threats from U.S. domestic and international terrorism.
  • Analyze the limits of information sharing under the guidelines of both the U.S. PATRIOT Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.
  • Identify the leading terrorist organizations, understand their agendas, and develop the critical thinking skills and methodological techniques to defeat them.

Concentration Requirements (27 semester hours)

INTL402Intelligence Analysis3
INTL431Criminal Intelligence Analysis3
INTL440Cyber Warfare3
INTL446Intelligence and Narcotics3
INTL450Terrorism and Counterterrorism3
INTL451Terrorism and U.S. National Security3
INTL453Illicit Finance3
PSYC360Psychology of Terrorism3
SCMT319Global Terrorism3
Total Semester Hours27

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

INTL498Senior Seminar in Intelligence Studies (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all core and major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (27 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill core or major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.