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Intelligence and National Security

Intelligence and National Security Studies is a multi-disciplinary program designed to prepare students for further academic study and/or positions in security-related career fields that involve analysis, research, evaluation and planning of intelligence and policy matters. The program emphasizes a strong liberal arts perspective to develop abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and cross-cultural understanding.

The Student Experience
  • The only Intelligence and National Security Studies undergraduate program in the southeastern United States.
  • A high-quality faculty with substantial practical experience in the United States intelligence iommunity.
  • Minors that complement the field of study are Global Studies and Political Science.
Beyond the Classroom

The new security environment, as well as the expansion of intelligence applications in new areas like law enforcement and business, has expanded the number of opportunities for this field of study. Potential career fields include: intelligence analysis, counterterrorism, law enforcement, counterintelligence, Homeland Security, corporate security, imagery and geospatial analysis.

There exists a variety of career options and opportunities potentially available to students after graduating with a degree in intelligence studies. Many national government agencies and international organizations seek out individuals who possess an understanding of intelligence collections and analysis, an ability to do research, write, and evaluate changes in the world. According to the Partnership for Public Service, the intelligence community is one of the top 10 best places to work in the federal government.


Areas of study include:

  • Introduction to World Politics
  • Intelligence Operations
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • National Security Strategy
  • Introduction to Intelligence Studies
  • Geospatial Intelligence
  • Intelligence Analysis



  • Frederick Wood, Ph.D., Chair of Department of Politics and Geography, 843-349-6594 or
  • Karen Williams, Administrative Specialist, 843-349-2621 or