Nov 29, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intelligence Analysis, National Security Concentration, B.S.

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Director: Noel Hendrickson
Phone: (540) 568-8941           

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 or who change soon after in its first three required courses during the fall semester of sophomore year. The size of the cohort will be limited beyond that semester.

To be eligible to apply for full admission to the major, students must 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

  • 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 core courses 45 Credit Hours
  • IA concentration courses 12 Credit Hours
  • Electives 22 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours


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

General Education Courses

Total: 41 Credit Hours

IA Foundation and Core Courses


Students must complete either the national security concentration or the competitive intelligence concentration. With the approval of an IA adviser, students may, in special cases, design their own custom concentration of four 300-level or above courses that fit together thematically and support the educational objectives of the IA program.

National Security Courses

To complete this concentration, students must take four of the following courses. IA 480  may be repeated multiple times toward this requirement if it has a different topic each time.

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