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Requirements for Major


The ISS major seeks to develop each student’s capabilities for critical thinking and systematic analysis and is designed to increase the student’s knowledge of effective leadership for national security. Students take the following courses:

General Education Courses Taken at The Citadel or a South Carolina Technical College (or equivalent): 59 credit hours

  • Writing/English Composition (six credits)
  • Fine Arts/Humanities/Ethics/Foreign Language/other courses with significant cross-cultural content (six credits)
  • History (six credits)
  • Mathematics (six credits)
  • Physical Science (eight credits) (Courses must have lab, not necessarily sequential)
  • Social Science (six credits)
  • Lower Division Electives (21 credits)

Courses Taken at The Citadel: 61 credit hours

  • EUGS-101-Introduction to The Citadel Experience (one credit) (Must be taken in first semester at The Citadel)

Required Intelligence and Security Studies Core (18 credits):

  • INTL 201 Introduction to Intelligence Studies (three credits)
  • INTL 210 Homeland Security (three credits)
  • INTL 301 Advanced Analytics 1 (three credits)
  • INTL 302 Advanced Analytics 2 (three credits)
  • INTL 310 Intelligence Collection Systems and Programs (three credits)
  • CSCI 227 Introduction to Cybersecurity (three credits)

The ISS major provides a broad and interdisciplinary approach to intelligence studies. As students choose from a wide variety of electives, they are encouraged to work with their advisor to create a unique program that best meets their individual needs. To complete the ISS major, students take eight (8) courses from the following General Intelligence Electives list (24 credits):

  • ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology (three credits)
  • BIOL 207 Bioterrorism (three credits)
  • CRMJ 331 Cyber Investigations (three credits)
  • CRMJ 332 Comparative Homeland Security (three credits)
  • CRMJ 333 Immigration and Security (three credits)
  • CRMJ 381 Organized Crime (three credits)
  • CRMJ 384 International Crime (three credits)
  • CRMJ 392 Computer Crime (three credits)
  • CSCI 327 Computer Security (three credits)
  • CSCI 427 Advanced Cybersecurity (three credits)
  • GEOG 301 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (three credits)
  • GEOG 311 Economic Geography (three credits)
  • HIST 206 History of the Non-Western World (three credits)
  • HIST 326 Europe Since 1914 (three credits)
  • HIST 356 The History of Africa (three credits)
  • HIST 362 Modern Middle East (three credits)
  • HIST 388 U.S. Foreign Relations since 1898 (three credits)
  • HIST 389 The Global Cold War, 1917-1991 (three credits)
  • INTL 311 Intel Successes and Failures (three credits)
  • INTL 312 America’s Drone Campaign Since 9/11 (three credits)
  • INTL 401 Intelligence Support to Military Operations (three credits)
  • INTL 464 Intelligence Internship (three credits)
  • INTL 465 Special Topics in Intelligence (three credits)
  • PSCI 310 Domestic Terrorism (three credits)
  • PSCI 332 National Security Policy (three credits)
  • PSCI 336 Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (three credits)
  • PSCI 339 Middle Eastern Affairs (three credits)
  • PSCI 342 International Terrorism (three credits)
  • PSCI 346 Multinational Peacekeeping (three credits)
  • PSCI 401 Political Issues and Public Policy (three credits)
  • PSCI 431 American Foreign Relations (three credits)
  • PSCI 433 Topics in International Politics (three credits)

Students also are required to take six upper level (300+) elective courses outside of those on the General Intelligence Elective list (18 credits).

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