Intelligence Studies Major (BA)
The intelligence studies major at Lynchburg offers a rigorous liberal arts approach to the study of international security policy and issues. Intelligence studies examines the relationship between state and non-state actors, including NGOs, multinational corporations, and non-state paramilitary organizations. Fundamental questions include: What is needed to provide a safe and secure world? What leads to comprehensive human security? How do security threats like terrorists form and persist, and what can be done to negate their actions? An intelligence studies degree will help you land a job in both government and the private sector.
I worked for both military and civilian intelligence after 9/11, and I wish I’d had some of the coursework we offer…. Whether you are interested in law enforcement, national security, or fields like economic, cybersecurity, and medical intelligence, the intelligence studies program is an excellent fit. The demand for intelligence professionals outpaces the supply, and we hope our majors will fill that demand.
Brian Crim, PhD, professor of history
What can I do with an intelligence studies degree?
- Border patrol agent
- Counterterrorism analyst
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst
- Intelligence collection specialist
- Intelligence officer
- Police detective
- Political scientist
- Program analyst
- Security analyst
- Special agent
David Richards, PhD
Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Chair of the Political Science Department