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 provides students with an intellectual foundation for the study of intelligence, both as it has been practiced through history and as it is currently practiced by different nations and other entities. The foundational courses in the minor are designed to provide students with the context and concepts that form the basis for the intelligence-gathering in which the United States government engages. Students will learn to examine critically the role of intelligence in the American republican democracy and explore the concepts and practices used to identify, collect, interpret, analyze, and communicate intelligence that can be used by strategists, policy makers, military, security, and the police to advance homeland security.
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.