Center for Critical Intelligence Studies (CCIS)

Rutgers became a federally-designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) in January 2015 through a grant award from the federal government. Since that time, Rutgers University-New Brunswick has established a popular, new minor in Critical Intelligence Studies in collaboration with the SAS Political Science Department; executed a number of certificate programs in intelligence/national security for undergraduate and graduate students across the University; hosted conferences on the most pressing issues in the field; and developed programs to prepare students for potential careers within the Intelligence Community.

CCIS leverages ties with federal agencies and others to expand educational and career opportunities for (1) Rutgers students through increased opportunities for interaction with law enforcement and intelligence professionals and (2) practitioners in the field by leveraging classroom and distance learning resources.


Inquiries should be directed to Ava Majlesi (, Program Director for the Rutgers IC CAE Program/Minor in Critical Intelligence Studies.