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The major is a part of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology, an academic unit within the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

The intelligence analysis (IA) major was created specifically for students who want to become intelligence analysts in either government or private industry. The department has a distinctive commitment to developing, teaching and integrating:

  • a systematic information centric approach to intelligence
  • the newest and most advanced methods of analytical reasoning
  • the most critical new technologies into the intelligence process

The program was developed with feedback from experts in the field. By choosing a degree in intelligence analysis, students will have a very distinctive education drawing from some of the most advanced new methods of analysis that are available to an undergraduate student.

Degrees Offered



Competitive Analysis

National Security



Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Intelligence Analysis major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Students should complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the ISAT Coordinator for students in the ISAT/CS building, room 121.

To learn more about the curriculum, all students must complete an interview with Dr. Noel Hendrickson, intelligence analysis student adviser at (540) 568-8941 or

Be prepared to take courses over a sequence of six semesters, normally starting in the fall of the sophomore year.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

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