Jul 19, 2018  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog

Intelligence Analysis, B.S.

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Intelligence Analysis, B.S.

Director: Stephen Marrin
Phone: (540) 568-2746          
Email: marrinsp@jmu.edu

Mission Statement

The IA program will equip students to evaluate data from diverse sources and objectively assess the most significant implications for decision-making in a way that goes beyond other existing estimates of the situation and its significance using an integrated skill set in cognitive, computational, contextual and communicative methods, exemplify the character traits that define an effective and ethical analyst and employ the conceptual understanding of the underlying theoretical frameworks necessary to adapt and apply these methods to any type of problem.

The IA program's core values are versatility, real-world relevance, methodological sophistication, academic rigor, intellectual community, ethical and professional practice, and external engagement

Career Opportunities

IA students can find employment in an array of government agencies (both civilian and military), federal contracting and consulting firms, select U.S. and multinational corporations, and state and local law enforcement.

Admission to Intelligence Analysis

Currently Enrolled Students

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the intelligence analysis major. The IA program will strive to accommodate all interested students who adopt IA upon admission to JMU. The size of the cohort will be limited beyond fall semester of sophomore year.

To be eligible to apply for full admission to the major, students must complete a statistics course (MATH 220  or ISAT 251 ) and complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:

Students will be admitted on the competitive basis of their combined performance in the first semester's three required IA courses.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must also take the three required courses during their fall semester, as these courses are not offered in the spring. It is recommended that transfer students talk with an IA adviser regarding the selection of a minor that can be useful for the major if they begin during spring semester.

Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses: 120 Credit Hours

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3 Credit Hours
  • Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3-4 Credit Hours
  • IA foundations and methods courses 48 Credit Hours
  • IA elective courses 6 Credit Hours
  • Subject Matter Specialty 18-21 Credit Hours
  • General Elective Courses 3-6 Credit Hours

1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill.

General Education Courses: 41 Credit Hours

IA Foundation and Core Courses: 48 Credit Hours

Subject Matter Specialty: 18-21 Credits

Students must complete a minor or a second major in another field (at least 18 credits). With the approval of an IA adviser, students may, in special cases, design their own custom concentration of six courses that fit together thematically and support the educational objectives of the IA program.

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