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

The Intelligence Analysis (IA) major prepares students to become analysts in either the public or private sectors, with a specialization in intelligence analysis.

The IA program provides students with a multidisciplinary educational foundation and an overlay of skills development particularly in the areas of technology and analytic production.

Students learn innovative ways to structure their thinking, assess complex real-world problems and communicate those assessments to decision makers.

Degrees Offered






Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Intelligence Analysis major when they register for orientation or as soon as they know they wish to be an IA major.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Students should complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the permission of Ms. Kristin Sowden, academic adviser, (540) 568-6199 or (preferred).

Progressing in the Major

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

Those declaring IA should take IA150. Introduction to Intelligence Analysis at their earliest opportunity, in fall sophomore year at the very latest. Continuation in the IA program is competitive. Full admission to IA occurs after fall sophomore year. The top 58 students (based on their grades in three required IA courses that semester) will be invited to continue. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each of the three courses, but higher will likely be needed to be among the top 58 who continue in the major. 


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