Bachelor of Science in
Global Security & Intelligence Studies
With persistent global security threats and instability, there is an increasingly high demand for security and intelligence specialists in the United States and throughout the world. Global Security & Intelligence Studies graduates are candidates for intelligence and security agencies (ATF, CIA, DHS, DIA, FBI, NGIA, all branches of the military, etc.), and for corporations (large and small) who must protected their personnel, assets and information at home and abroad. The Bachelor of Science in Global Security & Intelligence Studies program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provides a rich learning environment that helps students develop critical thinking, analytic, research and problem-solving skills complemented with the scholarly breadth of a liberal arts foundation and foreign language proficiency.
Embry-Riddle students learn from experienced faculty members who have extensive professional, academic, and global experience in the field. Through hands-on, real-world simulations and practical knowledge, students become acquainted with international affairs and become sensitive to unforeseen threats to national security and global stability. They are therefore able to employ intelligence analysis and to apply security insights in order to tailor appropriate political and logistical responses. Global Security and Intelligence Studies students also conduct emergency management exercises relating to homeland security events and can participate as players in a capstone course that simulates an international or war crisis.
You will have opportunity to contribute to a student-produced intelligence newsletter, The Eagle Eye, which provides sound, real-time analysis of global affairs, particularly within the framework of foreseeing possible threats to regional or global stability. The Eagle Eye is distributed to agencies in the U.S. intelligence community as well as among political risk firms and competitive intelligence specialists in the private sector. The Eagle Eye Club also organizes debates during the academic year.
Embry-Riddle students are also encouraged to become involved with professional organizations including the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, American Association of Airport Executives, American Society of Industrial Security, and other related organizations. These organizations provide speakers on campus and enable students to network with professionals in their areas of interest.
About Global Security & Intelligence Studies at the Prescott, AZ Campus
The Bachelor of Science in Global Security & Intelligence Studies degree program at our Prescott Campus blends both academic and professional studies to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become future leaders in intelligence, security, and law enforcement. Housed in the Department of Global Security and Intelligence Studies within the College of Security & Intelligence, the program provides students with a sound foundation in the liberal arts, including international relations, foreign languages and cultures, international law, foreign policy, political and military history, and other essential topics.
The College of Security & Intelligence at the Prescott Campus is the first of its kind in the nation. Learn from widely-published faculty members with extensive experience in the fields of intelligence and security, foreign and military affairs, and an overriding commitment to supporting our nation’s national security both at home and abroad.
Students choose one of three tracks: the standard integrated Security and Intelligence Track, the Chinese track, or Security Operations Management track
The GSIS Operations Center was designed by experienced faculty to provide training for real-world emergency response, mission readiness, and operational planning, and to simulate the environment graduates will find in their careers.
Students will meet and learn from U.S. experts from across the fields of intelligence and security as they gather here annually for the National Security and Intelligence Symposium.
Above all, students will be able to exhibit innovative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in issues such as terrorism and asymmetrical warfare; security in transportation (particularly aviation and aerospace); private sector global security issues such as international personnel networks, global facility and trade management, computer and software security, and cross-border telecommunications infrastructure.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) is designed to develop future security and intelligence professionals with a broad understanding of global interrelationships in politics, law, government, economics, social change, science and technology, military developments, psychological dimensions of military and terrorist threats, cyber-security, environmental security issues, and human cultures. The program will explore the implications of these multiple factors to the security of nation-states and the future of human society in a global context.
The program provides the student with the interdisciplinary skills to analyze the interactions between all these elements and to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and oral contexts. Above all, GSIS students will be able to exhibit innovative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in issues such as terrorism and asymmetrical warfare, transportation (especially aviation and aerospace) security, threats to corporate personnel and facilities, threats to computer and telecommunications infrastructure, trafficking networks in illicit services and substances, proscribed weapons technologies such as weapons of mass destruction, international crime, population migrations, natural disasters, pandemics, and homeland security.
Global Security and Intelligence Studies students will be very competitive in obtaining positions and performing
- with federal government intelligence, security, law enforcement, and emergency management agencies
- with the Department of Defense and the armed services
- with security, competitive intelligence and information protection departments in the private sector especially those involved in aviation and transportation security
- with state, county and local homeland security, law enforcement, and emergency management organizations
- as students in graduate schools focusing on intelligence and national security, international relations, regional studies
- as students in law schools
- as staffers for political leaders and legislative representatives specializing in national intelligence and security issues.
The GSIS degree program provides students with four curricular tracks: the Intelligence and Global Security Studies Track (General), the Intelligence Studies (IS) Track, the Global Security Studies (GSS) Track, and the Chinese Language and Asian Studies (CLAS) Track.
The GSIS program consists of seven interrelated components: general education, a GSIS core, courses in pursuit of one of four Tracks, a Functional Area of Concentration, a Regional Area of Concentration, electives, a senior project, and an optional co-op or study abroad experience.
The general education requirement provides the fundamentals in the sciences, mathematics, the social sciences and liberal arts, oral and written communication, and computer operations and applications. The science requirement deepens the student’s knowledge and understanding of science and technology, key areas for the security/intelligence student.
Together, the GSIS core is a multidisciplinary mix of courses that brings several fields to the study of security and intelligence, including geography, forensic science, the law, economics, psychology, government and foreign policy, and the history of intelligence. The GSIS core is designed to demonstrate the ways in which societies and cultures, economies, systems of thought, military developments, and environmental concerns are shaping the international system.
By the junior year, the GSIS student not committed to the Chinese Language and Asian Studies Track will select one of the other tracks--the Intelligence and Global Security Studies Track, Global Security Studies Track or Intelligence Studies Track--and related Functional and Regional Area of Concentration. The Regional Areas of Concentration consist of 12 credits of foreign language study combined with related area studies course or related study abroad. Functional Areas of Concentration each contain five courses that allow the student to gain a deeper understanding of a more specialized field.
GSIS students are required to complete a senior project prior to graduation. The options include a senior thesis SIS 475, Senior Cooperative Internship SIS 470, a semester-long capstone course including a simulated intelligence and security scenario SIS 415 or a Security Operations Management Practicum which includes a group applied research project SIS 440. The thesis will encompass significant research into a topic relevant to security and intelligence studies and provide original recommendations and conclusions. The Senior Cooperative Internship is designed to provide students with practical experience and increase their employment opportunities. The internship must be with a federal, state, or local law enforcement or intelligence organization or a corporate security organization and must be approved by the Program Chair. The capstone scenario will enable the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge and understanding gained in the GSIS Program in a simulated crisis situation in a real-world environment.
The GSIS program encourages students to gain international experience through travel or study abroad. It promotes a strong grounding in history, a capacity for critical thinking, good writing and communication skills, and, in the selection of open electives, a knowledge and appreciation of the arts and humanities.
The Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) requires successful completion of a minimum of 121 credit hours.
Reginal Areas of Concentration
With the exception of the CLAS Track, all GSIS students have the option to take Regional Area of Concentration: China and East Asia, Middle East, Latin America, or Russian and Eastern Europe. The student's Regional Area of Concentration must be related to the language the student has chosen to study.
Students wishing to specialize in other regions and/or create a Regional Area of Concentration tailored to a specific interest (such as Chinese Language and African Studies) should see the GSIS Program Chair or designee.
Please Click on the track of interest to review the program requirements:
Students who take the Chinese Language and Asian Studies Track will reach higher levels of language proficiency and regional expertise. They take the same subject area courses and the same number of credits as those in the other tracks. The overall difference is that CLAS Track students take 45 credits in courses that will be taught entirely in Chinese or have a significant Chinese component with supplementary reading and writing assignments in English. Study abroad in the summer after the sophomore year is required. This Track is not open to native speakers of Chinese.
|Chinese Core Courses||36|
|Foreign Language Requirement Chinese Specialty Courses||27|
|Functional Area of Concenration||15|
The Intelligence and Global Security Studies General Track is geared towards those who are still exploring their interest in careers ranging from security and protection to collecting and analyzing information about foreign nations and transnational actors. For the Functional Areas of Concentration, Student choose 3 courses from any 1 of the Global Security Studies Track Functional AOCs and 3 courses for any of the Intelligence Track Functional AOCs.
|GSIS Core Courses||36|
|Functional Area of Concentration||18|
|Open Electives (at least 6 credits - Upper Level)||15|
The Global Security Studies Track is geared towards those interested in a career in security and protection, either in private industry or with a governmental security and intelligence agency. Course requirement for this track include 12 hours of foreign language, general education courses, GSIS courses, and 33 credits in specialty courses.
|GSIS Core Courses||36|
|Functional Area of Concentration||15|
|Open Electives (at least 6 credits - Upper-Level)||18|
The Intelligence Studies Track is geared towards those interested in a career collecting and analyzing information, whether in the public or private sector, to provide decision advantage to senior policymakers about the capabilities, plan, and intention of foreign nations and transnational actors. Course requirements for this track include 12 hours of foreign language, general education courses, GSIS core courses, and 33 credits in specialty courses.
|GSIS Core Courses||36|
|Functional Area of Concentration||15|
|Open Electives (at least 6 credits - Upper-Level)||18|
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