Notre Dame College Leads in Education, Development of Intelligence Professionals

Notre Dame College showcases its continuum of career preparation, advanced study and ongoing education for intelligence professions with a series of leadership events.

The College's Center for Intelligence Studies hosted a leadership seminar as part of its master’s degree in national security and intelligence studies (NSIS) just days after hosting a professional symposium on financial crimes sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). The Northern Ohio ACAMS chapter was recently named chapter of the year by the national ACAMS board. 

“We educate and prepare students and professionals for leadership at all levels,” said Gregory Moore, Ph.D., professor of history, chair of the history and political science department and director of the Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame. “When looking at security, we have leaders who make policies and those who implement them—those who lead agencies, lead departments of agencies and lead projects. Every person has his or her own spin on policy.”

In addition to providing on-campus coursework in criminal justice, intelligence studies and public administration undergraduate degree programs, the College offers its hybrid Master of Arts in NSIS that features a weekend, two-credit seminar at the College each fall. The course, SPS 500, focuses on leadership, ethics and decision-making in security professions.

Days before students arrived at Notre Dame for that graduate course, about 150 financial intelligence and related law enforcement professionals were on campus for a daylong peer-to-peer consultation and networking symposium, the 2017 Financial Institution Anti-Money Laundering Conference. Along with events such as this, the College also hosts a chapter meeting each year through its ongoing partnership with ACAMS. ACAMS is the largest international membership organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge, skills and experience of professionals dedicated to the detection and prevention of money laundering around the world.

Sessions at the conference for leaders in financial security and law enforcement professions addressed the dark web and crypto currency, manufactured spending and vulnerable victims as well as covered numerous trends and cases, like the Brazilian public corruption scandal.

The master’s degree seminar in ethical leadership and decision-making covers the challenges of leadership and management from a policy perspective in both public and private sectors of intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement, even disasters and emergency response. The course gives students insights into historical situations and provides tools and frameworks to help them critically analyze and choose ethically in current and future security environments.

The fall seminar on leadership is one of two classes in the master's degree program conducted on the Notre Dame campus. The graduate curriculum also offers online coursework in homeland security issues, terrorism and counterterrorism, strategic intelligence, transnational threats, geopolitics,biodefense and science and technology security. The other weekend on-campus seminar, an analytical crisis exercise, meets during the spring semester.

In addition to its undergraduate and master’s degree programs in NSIS, Notre Dame also prepares students in security and intelligence through work experience. The College offers a 15-week classroom Intelligence Internship partnership with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC), in which students can be granted access to and learn from actual classified materials.

The College offers one of the few Bachelor of Arts degrees and one of the only Master of Arts programs in intelligence studies in the nation and, like its affiliation with ACAMS, has been among the first educational institutions to partner with ATIC.

October 2017


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

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