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Department of Intelligence and Security Studies

"Nothing is more important to national security and the making and conduct of good policy than timely, accurate, and relevant intelligence.

-Dennis Blair, Former Director of National Intelligence


Mark Chandler Israel  (Added 10/23/23) MCD



In the years since September 11th, an increasingly complex world has created a strong demand for intelligence and security professionals. The Department is designed to meet that need by preparing students for entry-level positions or graduate study in security-related career fields that involve research, analysis, planning and timely evaluation of policies and programs.

Created in 2012, this program works to this objective by utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach that emphasizes a combination of practical and theoretical understanding of intelligence within a liberal-arts context. To achieve that goal, Intelligence and Security Studies courses focus on the collection, analysis and dissemination of information on critical and timely topics, which inform present-day security debates in government and beyond.

Intel Lab (Added 2/17/2022) MCD

The Intelligence Operations and Command Center (IOCC) is NOW OPEN!  The IOCC is a state-of-the-art facility designed to give students the day-to-day experience of activities that take place in an intelligence organization.  Designed with reference to operations centers that are in existence at agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, the Intelligence Analysis and Operations Center is equipped with cutting-edge technology.  Here, students can focus on activities such as intelligence collection, analysis, briefing skills, and crisis decision-making.  The IOCC is a dedicated resource available only to students in the Intelligence and Security Studies program to experience first-hand the critical and timely functions of intelligence operations in a volatile and unpredictable world.

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