INTL150 Intelligence Analysis and Security Management (3 semester hours)
This course will examine the relationship between intelligence analysis and security management. Students will be able to explain the components, methods, and techniques of the intelligence cycle and discuss them specific to threats facing the United States government, as well as private industry. Students will be able to articulate basic intelligence policies and functions of the United States government. Students will discuss important concepts specific to the foundation and goals for security, terrorist activity, and threats to national and international safety.
INTL200 Introduction to Intelligence Studies (3 semester hours)
This course provides an introduction to intelligence studies and focuses on the five principle categories in the study of strategic intelligence. In this course students will focus on the role, purpose, and history of strategic intelligence analysis. They will gain a better understanding for the use of intelligence to carry-out foreign policy objectives. Students will be engaged on topics looking at the nature and evolution of congressional oversight. In addition to this, we will look at the role of strategic intelligence collection when it comes to supporting strategic decision making, as well as the role that counterintelligence plays at the highest levels of government.
INTL301 U.S. Intelligence Community (3 semester hours)
RECOMMENDED AS SECOND PROGRAM COURSE. This course surveys the U.S. Intelligence Community, with an emphasis on its current structure. Students review the members of the community and distinguish their key roles and missions. Students also assess the impact of the post-9/11 restructuring of the intelligence community.
INTL304 Intelligence Collection (3 semester hours)
A multidisciplinary survey of Imagery Intelligence (IMINT), Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Human Intelligence (HUMINT), and Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT) is conducted. The background, capabilities, and limitations of each intelligence collection method are covered. The course focuses on planning activities which provide an integrated approach to intelligence collection.
INTL305 Law and Ethics in Intelligence (3 semester hours)
This course examines the legal foundations and oversight mechanisms for the US intelligence community. It also explores the major ethical problems confronting the intelligence profession. Students will investigate the difficult legal and ethical issues in the intelligence community.
INTL401 Critical Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course provides an introduction to critical thinking, intelligence analysis, and the use of structured methodologies. Functions associated with the processing of information to include perception, memory, and the evaluation of information are examined. Conscious and unconscious cognitive biases along with strategies to mitigate their impact are also assessed. (Prerequisite: SSGS300)
INTL402 Intelligence Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course builds upon the foundations of critical analysis taught in INTL 401, expanding the student's repertoire of analytical techniques. Students explore creative analysis techniques, including hypothesis generation, red-teaming, and adversarial collaboration. Students focus on intelligence as a service to decision makers, including principles of customer-focused writing and techniques for analytic problems designed to provide tactical, operational, or strategic support. (Prerequisite: SSGS300)
INTL408 Counterintelligence Operations (3 semester hours)
Students in this course study and analyze counterintelligence operations focusing on activities that comprise counterintelligence functional activities, including the detection of espionage and elicitation; counterintelligence interviews/debriefings; and the collection of counterintelligence information. The student will be required to study a range of books and articles on this topic and will develop a comprehensive knowledge of counterintelligence activities and operations in order to protect U.S. national security and global interests and from adversaries.
INTL409 Counterintelligence Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course provides students with an introduction to foreign counterintelligence analysis. Students will learn and apply aspects of counterintelligence basic principles, concepts, missions, and functions. Students will be instructed in the analytical process, denial and deception identification, analytical techniques, threat profiling procedures, and analytical tools and databases.
INTL410 Counterintelligence (3 semester hours)
During this course, students will develop a comprehensive knowledge of counterintelligence, and how intelligence agencies, organizations, and military units in the U.S. use both offensive and defensive counterintelligence to guard and protect U.S. national security interests from foreign intelligence entities. Students will study and analyze counterintelligence, learn and discuss multi-discipline counterintelligence support to intelligence operations, counterintelligence collection process, and analyze how cultural, social, and technological changes affect counterintelligence.
INTL411 International Criminal Organizations (3 semester hours)
This course differentiates historical and contemporary patterns, modus operandi, capabilities, and vulnerabilities of organized crime organizations. Course content includes a review of the contemporary literature of South American, Mexican, Asian, European, and African criminal enterprises, traditional organized crime, Outlaw motorcycle gangs and transnational criminal enterprises.
INTL412 Espionage/Counterespionage (3 semester hours)
This course studies the history of intelligence and espionage and reviews ancient espionage techniques, profiles famous agents throughout history, and focuses on such intelligence issues as SIGINT and HUMINT. The bulk of the course concentrates on 20th century intelligence, assessing changes in intelligence collection and priorities and analyzing how technological changes have affected intelligence collection.
INTL413 Denial and Deception (3 semester hours)
This course will be an overview of denial and deception possibilities. It will review the history, concepts, and implications of denial and deception on national security decision making. It will also discuss foreign and domestic case studies, tradecraft, and the different methodologies associated with this topic area.
INTL419 Applied Geospatial Intelligence (3 semester hours)
This course is an exploration of the historical development, capabilities, and application of Geospatial Intelligence to inform decision makers in policy making, national defense, and law enforcement. The focus will be on understanding the underpinnings of this exciting and relatively new intelligence discipline. We will explore what GEOINT is, and how is it used.
INTL421 Signals Intelligence and Security (3 semester hours)
This course examines the history of signals intelligence, also known by the acronym SIGINT. It covers the various methods and modes of intelligence collection by electronic means for the use of strategic and operational level communications (COMINT), and electronics (ELINT) intelligence. The course also discusses encryption and protection of electronic capabilities and countermeasures (EECM).
INTL422 Open Source Collection (3 semester hours)
This course provides an examination of how various unclassified materials, such as news services, databases, government documents, newspapers, journals, magazines, yearbooks, surveys, radio, TV, Internet, indexes, materials from various organizations, interviews, and country studies can be utilized as intelligence.
INTL423 Human Intelligence (3 semester hours)
This course is an introduction to Human Intelligence (HUMINT). The course will define and examine HUMINT in context with the other intelligence collection disciplines. Students will understand the dynamics and functions of human source intelligence as a discipline through the use of focused discussion supported by directed readings and by applying critical thought to an incremental research project that requires a HUMINT solution.
INTL424 Interrogation (3 semester hours)
This course examines intelligence interrogation from a conceptual perspective that provides students with the tools to develop an overall understanding of interrogation and practical interrogation concepts as they can be applied to intelligence interrogation. This course addresses legal issues, verbal and non-verbal behavior, interrogator and subjects, environmental and cultural issues, coercive practices, as well as current events as they apply to the concepts of intelligence interrogation.
INTL431 Criminal Intelligence Analysis (3 semester hours)
The rapid increase in multinational analysis and transnational organized crime, corporate drug trafficking organizations, and the impact of crime on national and international policy has created a critical need for law enforcement intelligence experts in the relatively new field of criminal intelligence. The course provides the student with an introduction to the methods and techniques of criminal intelligence analysis and strategic organized crime. It will demonstrate how to predict trends, weaknesses, capabilities, intentions, changes, and warnings needed to dismantle criminal organizations.
INTL432 Geographic Information Systems I (3 semester hours)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) contain a powerful set of tools for data acquisition, management, query and display. This course will provide students with a substantial foundation of skills to merge both theoretical and applied information with hands-on practical training utilizing the basic tools provided with the GIS software.
INTL433 Geographic Information Systems II (3 semester hours)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) contain a powerful set of tools for data acquisition, management, query and display. This course will provide students first with a substantial foundation in theory and practical use of GIS. The weekly labs provide practical training utilizing the basic tools provided with the Esri ArcMap software as applied to a national security issues. (Prerequisite: INTL432)
INTL434 Threat Analysis (3 semester hours)
This course examines nation-states and the theories, characteristics, and impacts of threats to decision-making. Various historical and modern threats will be discussed throughout the course. An understanding of threats to the state and its vulnerabilities is developed through a discussion of the types of nation-states and non-state actors as well as terrorist, economic, military and emerging threats among others. This course will focus on these specific threats as well as the conditions that create them. This course provides the opportunity to examine these specific threats through analysis and research. This course is a prerequisite to any of the Intelligence Studies country analysis courses.
INTL440 Cyber Warfare (3 semester hours)
This course provides an overview of cyber warfare and the potential impact of its use by military, terrorist, and criminal organizations. By studying the operation of computer networks, the student will gain an appreciation of how they have both benefited society and made portions of its infrastructure more vulnerable. An overview of cyber weaponry will be presented, and various offensive and defensive strategies will be examined via case studies.
INTL442 Tactical Intelligence (3 semester hours)
This course examines the impact of terrain and weather on tactics, employment of multi-discipline intelligence collections, and principles of tactical intelligence analysis form the core of the course. Students develop an appreciation for the limits of process in applying the art of intelligence to deal with tactical problems and how tactical intelligence theory and practice are utilized in support of ground operations.
INTL443 Foreign Intelligence Organizations (3 semester hours)
This course introduces students to several foreign intelligence organizations that continue to play a significant role in U.S. strategic intelligence, foreign policy, and national security strategy planning. Each country’s organizational structure, their collection methods, operational strengths and weaknesses will be assessed with the objective of evaluating their overall relative effectiveness.
INTL446 Intelligence and Narcotics (3 semester hours)
This course surveys the role of narcotics and the illicit drug trade as risks to national security, international development, and progress. The purpose is to assess both domestic and foreign intelligence gathering and analysis, with an emphasis on counter-narcotics policies and strategies. Students will be able to critically analyze, strategically assess effective intelligence collection, and evaluate the impact of current drug interdiction efforts by federal domestic and international agencies.
INTL450 Terrorism and Counterterrorism (3 semester hours)
This course examines terrorism as a social and political instrument from past to present. Topics include comparing insurgencies and terrorism, the paths to radicalization, the roots of extreme Islam, U.S. domestic terrorism issues, counter terrorism, national & domestic intelligence resources employed against terrorism, and a review of U.S. National Security Policy regarding terrorism.
INTL451 Terrorism and U.S. National Security (3 semester hours)
This course assesses the impact of terrorism on U.S. national security. With a focus on essential elements related to terrorism as well as on U.S. anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism policies and their challenges, the student will develop a comprehensive understanding of how the United States views terrorism and how its lasting threat affects national security.
INTL453 Illicit Finance (3 semester hours)
Modern criminal business, to include drug trafficking, trafficking in people or weapons, gold and precious gem smuggling, and even terrorism are reliant on how such activities are funded. Without some form of funding, illicit actors and illicit behaviors would have difficulty existing. This course will explore the shadowy world of illicit finance, from money laundering to Hawalas, to fraud, trade, and corruption used to fund illicit actions.
INTL454 Forecasting Terrorism (3 semester hours)
This course examines the theoretical underpinnings of the phenomenon of terrorism, actual and planned cases of chemical and biological weapons use, and the modern threat of improvised weapons of mass destruction. The course surveys traditional and newer methods of forecasting terrorism: intuition-based, profiling, conflict vulnerability analysis, and prognosis (early warning), etc. The course concludes by looking at the significant post-9/11 efforts at hardening facilities, increasing security, and monitoring terrorist-WMD activity. However, the threat is still substantial as religious-based extremists are still wholly intent on acquiring WMDs.
INTL498 Senior Seminar in Intelligence Studies (3 semester hours)
The Senior Seminar in Intelligence Studies is required for all majors. This capstone experience for Intelligence Studies majors will review and integrate their academic coursework, strengthen their understanding of intelligence research methodologies, and relate their academic preparation to their post-graduation goals. Students will conduct original research and present their findings to the class in written and e-portfolio formats. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program.