About the Minor


The Department of Political Science at the School of Arts and Sciences established the minor in Critical Intelligence Studies in December 2016. 

This interdisciplinary minor enables students to use a broad range of information to understand potential sources of risk and how to apply their understanding to enhance domestic and global security. Course offerings present a mix of tools for intelligence gathering in a framework that offers a critical evaluation of the use and misuse of intelligence gathering and tensions between security and civil liberties.

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Explain the intelligence gathering process in various national and historical contexts;
  • Write clearly, critically, and analytically about intelligence issues;
  • Demonstrate intermediate- to advanced-level language skills and/or cultural competence skills;
  • Make strong arguments that strike a defensible balance between security and privacy in the context of the American constitutional system.


Critical Intelligence Studies Program Flyer


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