Minor in Intelligence Analysis

This minor 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 or other agencies. Credits earned for an internship are in addition to those required for the minor and do not contribute toward 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 may wish to participate in the Clearance Ready Program offered through Career Services. Information can be found at https://careers.gmu.edu/students/find-job-or-internship/clearance-ready-program. Students in this minor are strongly encouraged to pursue advanced training in Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.  

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students should plan their course of study with a criminology, law and society advisor assigned by the program.

Core Courses in the Minor

CRIM 310 Introduction to the Intelligence Community 3
CRIM 312 Intelligence Analysis Techniques 3
Total Credits 6

Electives in the Minor

The electives must consist of courses from at least two different departments (two different subject prefixes).

Select four electives from the following: 12
CONF 345
Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice
Introduction to Homeland Security
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
or IT 357
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Applied Criminal Psychology
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
GGS 301
Political Geography
GGS 311
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GGS 316
Geography of Latin America
GGS 320
Geography of Europe
GGS 325
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
GGS 330
Geography of the Soviet Succession States
GGS 412
Air Photography Interpretation
GGS 416
Satellite Image Analysis
GOVT 331
Government and Politics of Latin America
GOVT 332
Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
GOVT 333
Government and Politics of Asia
GOVT 334
Government and Politics of Europe
GOVT 338
Government and Politics of Russia
GOVT 340
Central Asian Politics
GOVT 341
Chinese Foreign Policy
GOVT 344
American Foreign Policy
GOVT 345
Islam and Politics
GOVT 346
American Security Policy
GOVT 347
International Security
GOVT 446
International Law and Organization
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)
Modern China (Mason Core)
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)
Modern Iraq
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Logic and Critical Thinking
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)
Conflict, Violence, and Peace
STAT 344
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
STAT 350
Introductory Statistics II
Special topics courses may be approved if they are relevant to the field of intelligence analysis 1
Total Credits 12