The minor in intelligence analysis is designed for students who are interested in careers in homeland security or other intelligence-related fields. This minor focuses on developing the skills of intelligence analysis, including research, writing, briefing, and analytical tradecraft. Students explore ethical issues in the field and new developments in the analysis of intelligence information.
The curriculum fosters a broad knowledge of content in several disciplines valued by employers in homeland security and intelligence-related fields. The minor offers students sufficient flexibility to pursue their primary interests while also preparing themselves for careers in intelligence analysis.
Students who are American citizens may apply for an internship in intelligence analysis at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Credits earned for the internship are in addition to those required for the minor and are not required for completion of the minor. Students who intend to apply for the internship should begin the application process no later than September of their sophomore year, since the security clearance process can take a year or more. Students in this minor are strongly encouraged to pursue advanced training in Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.
Students should plan their course of study with a criminology, law and society advisor assigned by the program. The minor must be approved by the director before graduation.
All students have opportunities to
- conduct independent research
- engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
- participate in many forms of public service
- prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities