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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




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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  • Introducing our new Professor of Practice, Professor Mark Chandler.

  • “Spies and the Virus” - CCU Intelligence and National Security Studies students Ana Maria Lankford and Derrick Storzieri collaborated with Professor Joseph Fitsanakis to write a peer-reviewed journal article on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the U.S. Intelligence Community for Frontiers in Communication. Read more about this work at here
  • Led by Professor Jon Acuff, the Intelligence program has recently published the textbook Introduction to Intelligence with Sage/CQ publishing.  The book offers a strategic, international, and comparative approach to covering intelligence organizations and domestic security issues. Written by multiple authors, each chapter draws on the author's professional and scholarly expertise in the subject matter. As a core text for an introductory survey course in intelligence, this text provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to intelligence, including institutions and processes, collection, communications, and common analytic methods.  More information can be found here
  •  The Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies

    Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies (added 9/20/2021) MCD
    In July of 2021, the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies at Coastal Carolina University signed a memorandum of agreement with the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), in Athens, Greece. The agreement gives the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies editorial responsibility over the Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies (JEAIS), with the participation of the department’s faculty and a select number of students.

  •  2021 Summer Comemncement  





Jonathan Smith 
Intelligence and Security Studies 


Student and Alumni Work

  • Students Publish Peer-Reviewed Article on COVID-19

    Students Publish Research in Peer-Reviewed Journal

    While many college students were struggling to adapt to the new normal during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Intel majors Junior Ana Maria Lankford and senior Derrick Storzieri published their research.

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  • CIB students recruit others to their table.

    Chanticleer Intelligence Brief

    Intelligence and National Security students have the opportunity to practice generating professional-level intelligence briefs for their local communities and the globe.

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  • Inside the FBI

    Agency Insiders

    CCU students are fortunate to have a program that allows them to see, hear, and interact with those doing the work and hiring new employees in national security agencies.

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  • Shannon Brophy, Intelligence and National Security Major.

    Shannon Brophy

    an intelligence and national securities studies major at CCU, interned with the Sultanate of Oman as an intern with the United States Department of State.