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Center for Intelligence Studies

Center for Intelligence Studies

Major in Intelligence Studies
45 Credits

Today you can prepare for challenging and rewarding careers that can help make the nation and world more secure through the Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame College. Now, more than ever, skilled intelligence analysts are needed to assess and manage information dealing with critical issues such as international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, climate change, organized crime, immigration, or the spread of infectious diseases.

Students who successfully complete the major in Intelligence Studies will have the necessary skills to begin careers as entry level intelligence analysts in areas of national security, criminal investigations and in private enterprise. By preparing assessments based on the collection, correlation and analysis of intelligence data, analysts manage and provide critical information for use by planners and decision makers. Through an emphasis on the liberal arts, this multidisciplinary program will give students the necessary preparation to compete successfully for entry level positions as intelligence analysts in the public or private sector. A list of current federal career opportunities can be found here:

Students may enter the Intelligence Studies program by declaring a major in Intelligence Studies. Students in the Intelligence Studies program will complete the required coursework listed below. In addition, they will complete the College’s Core Curriculum Requirements and round out their coursework by choosing a variety of electives best reflecting their goals and interests as they prepare for a career in intelligence. These courses will be chosen in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. Students may also select a minor field of study designed to complement the Intelligence Studies program. They may also apply to continue their education in the Center for Intelligence Studies’ graduate program in National Security and Intelligence Studies.

Alumni of the intelligence studies program have gone on to successful careers in federal intelligence agencies, the military, state and local agencies and the private sector, and many have also earned graduate degrees. Intelligence studies majors are encouraged to participate in the Notre Dame Intelligence Club, and those students who qualify academically (3.25 overall GPA) may be eligible for induction into the College’s Chapter of the national honorary society, The Order of the Sword and Shield.


Program Outcomes:

Students in the Intelligence Studies program will be able to:

  • Identify and describe current and potential threats to the security of the United States from a domestic, regional and global perspective.
  • Write and present oral reports consistent with the expectations of the intelligence community
  • Write detailed and precise intelligence assessments consistent with the expectations of the intelligence community
  • Identify, describe, and discuss the intelligence cycle and the intelligence process knowledgeably
  • Recognize and describe the various federal agencies that make up the national intelligence community and discuss their respective missions.
  • Develop proficiency in a foreign language
  • Discuss and analyze non-Western cultures in order to develop accurate intelligence assessments consistent with the expectations of the intelligence community


Course Requirements:

IP 150   Introduction  to  Intelligence
IP 250   Methods of Research and Analysis
IP 253   Writing for Intelligence
IP 350   Terrorism
IP 351   Competitive  Intelligence
IP 352   Methods of Financial Investigation and Research
IP 353   Intelligence and National Security
IP 452   Strategic  Intelligence
IP 453   Advanced Research and Analysis
IP 450   Senior Research Project
IP 495   Cooperative   Education

Plus 12 credits in a foreign language

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Intelligence as a Career


Director – Gregory Moore, Ph.D.

Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies

Master’s Degree in National Security and Intelligence Studies