Concentrations: National Security, Competitive Intelligence

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 or MTH 245
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217
  • NOTE: Required for all concentrations.

JMU Course: ECON 200, Introduction to Macroeconomics and ECON 201, Introduction to Microeconomics

  • VCCS equivalents: ECO 201, 202
  • RBC equivalents: ECON 201, 202
  • NOTE: For the Competitive Intelligence concentration, global economics perspective. Students must complete an additional 6 credits of economics courses at JMU to complete this version of the concentration.

JMU Course: COB 204, Computer Information Systems

  • VCCS equivalents: See note
  • RBC equivalents: CSCI 202
  • NOTE:

    VCCS Transfer credit for COB 204:
    Northern Virginia CC and Southside CC: ITE 100
    New River CC: CSC 110
    Blue Ridge CC, Lord Fairfax CC and Piedmont VA CC: ITE 120

    For the Competitive Intelligence concentration, computer information systems perspective. Students seeking to complete the CIS version of this concentration must meet all CIS minor program requirements; COB 204 is a minor requirement. 


JMU Course: CIS 221, Principles of Programming

  • VCCS equivalents: ITP 112, 120, 132, 134 or 136
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For the Competitive Intelligence concentration, computer information systems perspective. Students seeking to complete the CIS version of this concentration must meet all CIS minor program requirements; CIS 221 is a minor requirement.

JMU Course: REL 101, Religions of the World

  • VCCS equivalents: REL 230, or REL 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: REL 209
  • NOTE: Recommended, but not required for the major.

JMU Course: POSC 225, U.S. Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 130, 135 or 211
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 201
  • NOTE: Recommended, but not required for the major.

JMU Course: PSYC 101, General Psychology

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 200 or PSY 201 and 202
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 201 and 202
  • NOTE: Recommended, but not required for the major.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. There are no VCCS equivalents for IA courses.
2. To be eligible to apply for full admission to the major, students must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better: IA 200, IA 240, IA 261 and MATH 220. Students will be admitted on the competitive basis of their combined performance in the 3 IA courses.
3. The IA sequence of major courses begins in the fall semester and requires 3 years at JMU. Students who want to transfer after one year should plan their courses carefully to match general education requirements.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Intelligence Analysis Program     
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Intelligence Analysis

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