Today’s global market has changed the landscape for business and science and technology professionals. The need to understand the competition, changing trends, and economic, cultural, and political conditions worldwide makes the ability to gather information in an ethical manner essential. The IC-CAE supports strategic languages in Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. The certificate in National Security is a 18 credit hour program designed to provide a theoretical and practical framework for the study of intelligence and its application in a wide variety of contexts.
The NSU IC-CAE emphasis is critical language acquisition, as well as, and exposure of the IC scholars in intelligence and homeland security issues with career professionals who work in the field of security and intelligence. The IC-CAE is a workforce enhancement initiative aimed at assisting selected scholars for career development opportunities for employment within that field.
The IC-CAE offers an undergraduate national security certificate program that focuses on “Preparing leaders for America's Global Markets.” Specifically, to provide curricular offerings that allow students to develop a comprehensive approved capstone project that allows them to understand a contemporary security and intelligence issue by using critical skills learned in their coursework. Emphasis is placed on relating and analyzing contemporary problems and policy questions in general.
The ICCAE program certificate program can be a stand-alone program that allows the recipient to become professionalized in intelligence analysis skills, including critical thinking and analysis, and a greater ability to evaluate and assess disparate sources of sometimes conflicting information.
Work opportunities exist for the students in the government, private sector and graduate/professional school. Since its beginning recipients of the program have found internships and/or employment with
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- National Security Agency
- Central Intelligence Agency
- National Institutes of Science
The above are just a few of the many programs that the federal government has for individuals who are motivated to become intelligence professionals. Many of these are competitive, however, so it helps to earn a certificate that shows your determination to join the intelligence community. Even if you already have a degree in a certain field, going back to school to earn an intelligence specific degree will greatly increase your chances.
An academically challenging discipline, it combines a liberal arts core with a foreign language, national and international studies, internships, and ten intelligence-related courses to provide its graduates with an advanced level of analytical skills. Since 2006 when this certificate began, more than 100 students from throughout the U.S. have enrolled in this undergraduate program.
The Intelligence Studies degree is designed to provide the necessary background for students to pursue careers as research and/or intelligence analysts in government agencies and private enterprise. The work of these analysts, whether relating to national security, law enforcement or business activities, involves the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of intelligence data.
Desired Candidates to Become an IC Scholar
A successful candidate for the National Security Certificate and the designation of IC Scholar at NSU should maintain high academic achievement (3.2 or better GPA) and have:
- An inquiring mind, an interest in history, government and world around them and be an avid reader and have the ability to communicate.
- A commitment to personal development and desire to acquire the knowledge necessary to attain professional skills.
- A willingness to work independently and/or in a team environment.
- The willingness to be financially responsible and pass a criminal background check for future employment opportunities.
Upon completion of the national security certificate program, a candidate will have:
- Analytical skills which are applicable to the national security, biosecurity, law enforcement, and homeland security communities.
- Reading competency in a foreign language.
- A broad understanding of world and American history and politics.
- The ability to produce written and oral reports and assessments based on research, correlation, and analysis.
Today, thousands of researchers and intelligence analysts work throughout the United States and abroad in government agencies and private enterprises. The work of these intelligence analysts whether relating to national security, criminal investigative activities, or terrorism, involves the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of information.
Students interested in the national security certification must complete an application. In addition, they must provide a copy of their transcript, two essays (one targeted as to their future career goals in national security and one focused on the critical language they have chosen and why they want to participate as an IC Scholar and what benefits that they expect to gain from acquiring a critical language). The application can be found online at www.nsu.edu/iccae.
|INS 400||Fundamentals of Intelligence (or applied Intelligence Research Methods)||3|
|FRN (Required)||Critical Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese)||3|
|CED 250||Career Development and Leadership Seminar (Career Seminar – special emphasis in biosecurity and biotechnology)||1|
|Select Elective from approved course list||3|
|FRN (Required)||Critical Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese)||3|
|Cultural Immersion Capstone Experience on approved topic||2|
|Select Elective Course from approved list||3|
- The foreign language courses described within the certificate program can be substituted for the humanities requirement in the general education core. Also students can get approval for other languages however they have to be recognized as critical languages as described by the Department of State. The national security certificate can be earned by students participating in the program sponsored by the Intelligence community Center for Academic Excellence by using the current general educational requirements from their major as well as technical, cultural and, unrestricted electives. The courses selected for the NSC must include at least 9 hours of 300 or 400 level course work. Capstone or senior level courses in the participating programs may also be accepted for inclusion as an approved course under the NSC program.
The national security certificate can be offered via the mini-terms and students could complete the certification at an accelerated rate.
Foreign Languages (6 credits required)
& ARA 112
|Elementary Arabic I|
and Elementary Arabic II
& CHI 112
|Elementary Chinese I|
and Elementary Chinese II
& JPN 112
|Elementary Japanese I|
and Elementary Japanese II
|Other Critical Language Approved by program|
English (Up to 6 credits)
& ENG 102H
|Honors College English I|
and Honors College English II
|ENG 102H||Honors College English II||3|
|ENG 303||Professional & Technical Writing||3|
|ENG 318H||Honors Writing Poetry II||3|
|ENG 306||Introduction to Literary Criticism (Honors)||3|
|ENG 342H||Honors American Literature II||3|
|ENG 383||African-American Literature, 1940-PRESENT (Honors)||3|
|ENG 455H||Honors Literature and Popular Culture||3|
Intelligence Studies (Up to 9 credits)
|INS 400||Fundamentals of Intelligence||3|
|INS 401||Applied Intelligence Research Methods||3|
|INS 402||Theory of International Relations||3|
Interdisciplinary Studies (up to 12 credits)
|INT 308||Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies||3|
|INT 322||Approaches to Critical Analysis||3|
|INT 360||Foundations of Research in Interdisciplinary Studies||3|
|INT 375||Language and Society||3|
|INT 411||Ideas and Their Influences||3|
|INT 412||Contemporary Globalization||3|
|INT 470||Sr Seminar||3|
History (up to 6 credits)
|HIS 372||African Diaspora History and Culture||3|
|HIS 377||Black Leaders, Then and Now||3|
|HIS 410||American Constitutional History||3|
Political Science (up to 6 credits)
|POS 315H||Honors African American Politics||3|
|POS 323||Compartative Government||3|
|POS 325||American Foreign Policy||3|
|POS 360||International Politics||3|
|POS 442||International Law||3|
Mass Communications (up to 6 credits)
|MCM 310H||Honors History of Mass Communications||3|
|MCM 445H||Honors Media Ethics||3|
|MCM 450H||Media Theory and Research||3|
Religion (up to 3 credits)
|REL 200A||Major World Religions||3|
|REL 420||Sociology of Religion||3|
Economics (3 credits)
|ECN 211||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
Marketing (3 credits)
|MKG 367H||Honors Consumer Behavior||3|
Music (3 credits)
|MUS 301H||Honors Music Appreciation||3|
Fine Arts (3 credits)
|FIA 370H||Honors African/Afro-American Art||3|
Practicum (3 credits)
|SPE 497H||Practicum in Volunteer Community Service||3|
Seminars (up to 6 credits)
|GST 445H/446H||Honors Seminar III (Honors Program Seminars)||3|
|APS 111/211/311/411||Applied Science Seminar (Applied Sciences Seminars)||0|
Career Capstone course (up to 6 credits)
|CED 250||Career Development and Leadership Seminar||1|