Three intelligence courses are required, usually taken in the following order:

  • POL 260  Introduction to American Intelligence
  • POL 435 Cyber Intel or 462 Moral Foundations or 462A Comparative Foreign Services or 468 Counterintelligence or 339 Contending Views of US Intel  
  • POL 471  Issues in Contemporary US Intelligence (capstone; spring only; requires POL 260)

In addition, the Certificate requires three electives, one of which must be from outside the Politics Department. The following list reflects existing intelligence or intelligence-related courses from which students may select electives. The program director will modify this list as needed. 

  • CSC 107  Intro to Computer Security (fall)  or POL 337A Cybersecurity (summer)
  • PSY 251  Psychology of Terrorism (fall) or SOC 320 Terrorism & Counterterrorism (spring)
  • LSC 324/524  Actionable Intelligence – Information Analysis and Communication (fall)
  • LSC 327/527  Introduction to Data Science (fall)
  • LSC 433/633  Information Retrieval & Analysis Strategies (spring)
  • MGT 351  Introduction to Business Intelligence
  • POL 339  Contending Views on US Intelligence, from Truman to Reagan (fall) 
  • POL 412A Homeland Security (fall)
  • POL 435  Cyber Intelligence and US Policy (spring)
  • POL 462  Moral Foundations of Intelligence (spring)
  • POL 462A  Comparative Foreign Intelligence Services (fall)
  • POL 468  US Counterintelligence: Operations and Controversies  (fall)
  • POL 472  National Security Processes (a fall course when offered)
  • XCSI 500S  Cambridge Security Initiative – Intelligence & Security (summer abroad)

Depending on the availability of qualified adjunct instructors, students may also select their electives from courses focused more directly on intelligence that may be added in the future; so far these are notional courses that do not yet exist:

  • POL 340 Intelligence Analysis & Estimation 
  • POL 3xx  Intelligence and War 
  • POL 4xx  Intelligence in US Foreign Policymaking 
  • PSY 3xx  Assessing Foreign Leaders

1The U. of Haifa summer course “Terrorism and Response” can fulfill this elective option.

Requirement for Non-Politics Majors

Additional Requirement for non-Politics majors.  Students who are not Politics majors must choose ONE of the following courses as an additional requirement for completing the Certificate (this may be completed as a distribution requirement or a general elective): POL 111 (Introduction to American Government); POL 112 (Introduction to Comparative Politics); POL 212 (Introduction to International Relations)

Finally, one may not pursue the Intelligence Studies Certificate and a minor in Politics.