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Intelligence Studies

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies is designed to enhance your ability to research, analyze, and convert data into clear and coherent intelligence. This online bachelor’s degree focuses on national and international intelligence operations, analysis, ethics, collection methods, research, and counterintelligence. This degree program is helpful if you are currently employed in the intelligence field, or wish to pursue positions as military, civilian, or corporate intelligence specialists.

Core courses in this program impart substantive knowledge and analytic skills required by all professionals in the intelligence community, while the concentration choices enable you to focus on a functional area or intelligence sub-field. This degree program is taught by highly credentialed and experienced instructors, many who hold key positions in government agencies or other intelligence organizations.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the evolution, structures, functions, capabilities, and activities of the U.S. national intelligence community.
  • Detail the structures, functions, capabilities, and contributions of national intelligence consumers to include the national command authority, executive departments, Congress, military services, joint/unified commands, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Specify the intelligence cycle including intelligence planning, data collection, data exploitation, analysis, production, and dissemination phases.
  • Differentiate among the fundamental capabilities and limitations and means of tasking human, geographic/imagery, signals, measurement and technical and open intelligence data sources.
  • Detail the current permissions and restrictions on U.S. national intelligence community activities as prescribed by federal law, executive and agency directives, and the intelligence oversight system.
  • Conduct basic research and compose professional and academic analyses on issues critical to intelligence consumers.

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Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Asian Area Studies

Takes an in-depth look at Asia, including its security issues and the role of intelligence within the region. Topics include analysis techniques, including hypothesis generation, red-teaming, and adversarial collaboration; and the conflict between traditional norms and modern institutions.

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

HIST370

Asia and the Modern World

IRLS300

Comparative Political Systems

IRLS310

Introduction to Human Security

IRLS409

Environmental Security

IRLS412

Comparative Foreign Policy

IRLS331

Asian Politics

IRLS213

Political Geography

RELS350

Hinduism

RELS351

Buddhism

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Counterintelligence

Demonstrates U.S. intelligence agencies use of counterintelligence and covert action to guard America's global interests and protect national security. Examines the counterintelligence professional’s role in overt and covert operations, and delves into research methods and tools used in counterintelligence.

INTL408

Counterintelligence Operations

INTL409

Counterintelligence Analysis

INTL412

Espionage/Counterespionage

INTL413

Denial and Deception

INTL422

Open Source Collection

INTL423

Human Intelligence

INTL424

Interrogation

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL410

Counterintelligence

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Criminal Intelligence

Addresses intelligence processes and procedures in criminal justice, various techniques used to understand violence, and the differences between crime, war, and terrorism. Covers criminal intelligence analysis and strategic organized crime; cyber warfare’s use in military, terrorist, and, criminal organizations; and the illegal drug trade’s impact on national security and intelligence gathering.

CMRJ320

Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications

INTL431

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL446

Intelligence and Narcotics

INTL453

Illicit Finance

CMRJ303

Criminology

CMRJ329

Criminal Profiling

CMRJ335

Crime Analysis

INTL411

International Criminal Organizations

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Cyber

Offers an overview of cyber warfare and the potential impact of its use by military, terrorist, and criminal organizations, as well as the various methods of collection and analysis. Looks at the use of strategic and operational level communications (COMINT) and electronics (ELINT) intelligence. Topics also include the change in laws to account for crimes in the digital age.

INTL422

Open Source Collection

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

CMRJ201

Criminal Justice Administration

INTL421

Signals Intelligence and Security

ISSC341

Introduction to Networking

ISSC351

Computer Forensics

ISSC421

Computer and Network Security

ISSC422

Information Security

ISSC451

Cybercrime

ISSC452

Cybersecurity

ITMG381

Cyberlaw and Privacy in a Digital Age

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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration  courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study. View course catalog for details.

INTL451

Terrorism and U.S. National Security

INTL408

Counterintelligence Operations

INTL409

Counterintelligence Analysis

INTL412

Espionage/Counterespionage

INTL413

Denial and Deception

INTL419

Applied Geospatial Intelligence

INTL422

Open Source Collection

INTL423

Human Intelligence

INTL424

Interrogation

INTL432

Geographic Information Systems I

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL442

Tactical Intelligence

INTL446

Intelligence and Narcotics

INTL450

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

INTL453

Illicit Finance

INTL454

Forecasting Terrorism

INTL431

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

HLSS320

Intelligence and Homeland Security

INTL421

Signals Intelligence and Security

INTL433

Geographic Information Systems II

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

INTL410

Counterintelligence

SSGS490

Independent Study

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Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT)

Offers foundational knowledge on the use and application of geospatial intelligence, including the specialzed tools used to collect and analyze geospatial data.

INTL419

Applied Geospatial Intelligence

INTL422

Open Source Collection

INTL432

Geographic Information Systems I

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL442

Tactical Intelligence

GEOG200

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems I

INTL433

Geographic Information Systems II

GEOG201

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems II

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

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Intelligence Analysis

Provides an understanding of how to interpret information generated from a variety of different organizations and sources into a highly cogent and professional intelligence product. Explores using existing knowledge to find meaning behind what is not immediately apparent to forecast events or consequences and draw conclusions with a high degree of reliability and precision.

INTL409

Counterintelligence Analysis

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

INTL413

Denial and Deception

INTL419

Applied Geospatial Intelligence

INTL422

Open Source Collection

INTL432

Geographic Information Systems I

INTL446

Intelligence and Narcotics

INTL450

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

INTL453

Illicit Finance

INTL454

Forecasting Terrorism

INTL431

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

INTL433

Geographic Information Systems II

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Intelligence Collection

Considers collective methods used to fill gaps in intelligence, as well as the potential impacts of future collection systems and their ability to satisfy intelligence requirements. Also covers: the full spectrum of the intelligence collection cycle; intelligence needs in future collection planning; and advanced methods of collecting data to support intelligence community consumers.

INTL413

Denial and Deception

INTL419

Applied Geospatial Intelligence

INTL422

Open Source Collection

INTL423

Human Intelligence

INTL424

Interrogation

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL442

Tactical Intelligence

INTL421

Signals Intelligence and Security

INTL410

Counterintelligence

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Intelligence Operations

Surveys the nature and challenges to military planning of operations other than war, such as peacekeeping operations, low-intensity conflicts, and humanitarian relief efforts. Looks into ways to facilitate cooperation with others across the intelligence community, as well as intelligence management skills necessary for planning, management, and leadership positions.

IRLS409

Environmental Security

INTL408

Counterintelligence Operations

INTL412

Espionage/Counterespionage

INTL413

Denial and Deception

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL442

Tactical Intelligence

INTL446

Intelligence and Narcotics

INTL453

Illicit Finance

HLSS320

Intelligence and Homeland Security

INTL410

Counterintelligence

IRLS414

Principles of Peacekeeping

IRLS415

Peacekeeping Logistics

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Latin America Area Studies

Explores the politics, cultures, history, and predominant language of Latin America, as well as U.S. intelligence operations there to guard America's global interests and protect national security. Topics include security issues in the region and the part intelligence plays in the war on drugs.

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

HIST360

History of Latin America

IRLS300

Comparative Political Systems

IRLS310

Introduction to Human Security

IRLS355

Latin American Politics

IRLS409

Environmental Security

IRLS412

Comparative Foreign Policy

INTL446

Intelligence and Narcotics

IRLS213

Political Geography

SPAN100

Spanish I

SPAN101

Spanish II

LITR355

Latin American Literature

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Middle East Area Studies

Delves into the intelligence community and its relationship to the Middle East through the region’s language, politics, history, and culture. Topics include a study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; major Middle Eastern literary works dating back to ancient times; the origins and evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict; and past and present U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world.

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

HIST350

History of the Middle East

ARAB100

Arabic I

IRLS360

Global Politics of Islam

IRLS460

Government & Security in the Middle East

IRLS463

Arab-Israeli Conflict: Contemp. Politics & Dipl.

IRLS468

Politics and Security in the Persian Gulf

IRLS213

Political Geography

RELS353

Islam

RELS330

Religions of the Middle East

LITR365

Middle Eastern Literature

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Terrorism Studies

Evaluates leading terrorist organizations and their agendas, as well as the causes of and threats from domestic and international terrorism. Explores information sharing limits under the PATRIOT Act and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. Teaches how to identify the leading terrorist organizations, understand their agendas, and develop the critical thinking skills and methodological techniques to defeat them.

INTL451

Terrorism and U.S. National Security

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL446

Intelligence and Narcotics

INTL450

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

INTL453

Illicit Finance

INTL431

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

SCMT319

Global Terrorism

PSYC360

Psychology of Terrorism

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General

INTL451

Terrorism and U.S. National Security

INTL408

Counterintelligence Operations

INTL409

Counterintelligence Analysis

INTL412

Espionage/Counterespionage

INTL413

Denial and Deception

INTL419

Applied Geospatial Intelligence

INTL422

Open Source Collection

INTL423

Human Intelligence

INTL424

Interrogation

INTL432

Geographic Information Systems I

INTL440

Cyber Warfare

INTL442

Tactical Intelligence

INTL446

Intelligence and Narcotics

INTL450

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

INTL453

Illicit Finance

INTL454

Forecasting Terrorism

INTL431

Criminal Intelligence Analysis

HLSS320

Intelligence and Homeland Security

INTL421

Signals Intelligence and Security

INTL433

Geographic Information Systems II

INTL402

Intelligence Analysis

INTL410

Counterintelligence

SSGS490

Independent Study

Admission Requirements

  • All AMU undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • Please read all undergraduate admission requirements before applying to this program and be prepared to submit the required documentation.
  • There is no fee to complete the AMU admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $270 | $250 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Books are provided online at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $600 per academic semester* if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.

*According to College Board Trends in College Pricing.

School of Security & Global Studies


School of Security & Global Studies

This program resides in the American Military University School of Security & Global Studies where many of the university’s flagship programs were created by experts from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the intelligence community, and private businesses throughout the world. The programs taught in the School of Security & Global Studies truly embody our Educating Those Who Serve motto because many of our students come from active-duty military and federal, state, and local government agencies.

The AMU faculty is committed to helping you apply educational theories to real-world challenges in preparation for leadership opportunities in criminal justice, public safety, public administration, national security, and more. Many of our professors are highly credentialed and respected leaders in their fields and currently work in the U.S. government.

At AMU, we understand your need for flexibility because most of our students are working adult learners who balance school around work and service commitments. This is why we offer 8-week or 16-week online courses that start monthly. Through an online virtual classroom, you’ll communicate with classmates and professors in forum communities as you work to complete your weekly assignments on your own schedule from anywhere in the world. And with our mobile application, you can work offline and upload your assignments when you reconnect – a strong benefit for deployed personnel.

We encourage you to browse the School of Security & Global Studies webpage to learn more about  what’s happening in the school and to find a program that’s right for you