Intelligence Studies

An Interdisciplinary Minor

Why Minor in Intelligence Studies?

Intelligence Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that combines a number of fields including economics, history, philosophy, and political science. The courses provide students with skill sets to better understand the contemporary world and will give students the skills necessary for intelligence-related careers. Students learn critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills that enhance their competitiveness in areas such as but not limited too:

  • Public policy
  • Non-Profit agencies
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law

Program Overview

4 Required Core Courses (12 Credit Hours):

  • ECON 2010 Macroeconomics or POLI 2010 American National Government
  • PHIL 2500 Logic and Critical Thinking
  • POLI 2700 Introduction to Intelligence Studies
  • BISI 3500 Data Mining

Students in Arts and Sciences will take ECON 2010; students in the College of Business will take POLI 2010. Students who are not in the College of Arts and Sciences or College of Business will be permitted to choose either course.

2 Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Students will choose two courses from the following:


  • ECON 4600 Business Intelligence
  • FINA 4100 Multinational Finance


  • GEOG 3100 Cartography
  • GEOG 3200 GIS Applications to Intelligence Studies
  • GEOG 4650 Geospatial Issues in Environmental Security

Political Science and Philosophy:

  • HIST 3050 History of Intelligence
  • POLI 4700 U.S. National Security Policy
  • POLI 4370 Politics of Arms Control


For more information on the Intelligence Studies minor, please contact:

Dr. John Miglietta, Crouch Hall 211, 615-963-5515,