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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 Students in this minor are strongly encouraged to pursue advanced training in Arabic, Chinese, or Russian.  


Twelve credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. This minor is multidisciplinary in nature and requires coursework from at least two different academic departments. It must be approved by the advisor before graduation. A maximum of 6 credits of CRIM 485 Study Abroad can be applied to the minor.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

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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 310Introduction to the Intelligence Community3
CRIM 312Intelligence Analysis Techniques3
Total Credits6

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
Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice
Introduction to Homeland Security
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing
Applied Criminal Psychology
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Political Geography
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Europe
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Geography of the Soviet Succession States
Air Photography Interpretation
Satellite Image Analysis
Government and Politics of Latin America
Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Government and Politics of Asia
Government and Politics of Europe
Government and Politics of Russia
Central Asian Politics
Chinese Foreign Policy
American Foreign Policy
Islam and Politics
American Security Policy
International Security
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
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
Introductory Statistics II
Special topics courses may be approved if they are relevant to the field of intelligence analysis 1
Total Credits12