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INTL301 - U.S. Intelligence Community

Course Details

Course Code: INTL301 Course ID: 3662 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

RECOMMENDED AS SECOND PROGRAM COURSE. This course surveys the U.S. Intelligence Community, with an emphasis on its current structure. Students review the members of the community and distinguish their key roles and missions. Students also assess the impact of the post-9/11 restructuring of the intelligence community.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1 Describe the significance of the National Security Act of 1947 and subsequent Executive Orders on the Intelligence Community and Executive Order 12333.

CO-2 Analyze threats against the United States from nation states, non-state actors, and transnational groups.

CO-3 Compare and contrast the members, their roles, and mission of the Intelligence Community including Fusion Centers

CO-4 Evaluate the role Congress in the control and oversight of intelligence operations.

CO-5 Assess the capabilities and limitations of US intelligence disciplines.

Each assignment will be evaluated by the instructor using a rubric scoring guide and comments inserted into the Word document. Forum grades will be determined using a rubric scoring guide. Additionally, comments may be given informally within the forum or in more detail within the forum grader tool.

Forum discussions – One initial post by Thursday; two follow-up collaboration posts to classmates by Sunday. Specific questions found in Forums tab of the classroom. I will routinely ask questions regarding your discussion posts. Answering my questions will be part of your grade. This keeps the discussions lively and helps you dig deeper into the topic at hand. Again, there is a late penalty for discussions not being posted on time.

Progress assignments – Four-page essay. Specific instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom.

Final assignment – Three-page reflection paper. Specific instructions found in Assignments tab of the classroom.

NameGrade %
Assignments 75.00 %
Progress Assignment #1 (Due Week 4) 25.00 %
Progress Assignment #2 (Due Week 6) 25.00 %
Final Assignment (Reflection Paper) Week 8 25.00 %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 forum 3.13 %
Week 2 forum 3.13 %
Week 3 forum 3.13 %
Week 4 forum 3.13 %
Week 5 forum 3.13 %
Week 6 forum 3.13 %
Week 7 forum 3.13 %
Week 8 forum 3.13 %
  • Course readings consist of selected e-book chapters and journal articles found in the Lessons area of the classroom. See the References List below for the readings for the course.
  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.