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As part of the IA major, students are required to complete either a minor or another major in a different field. This is to ensure they “specialize” in knowledge (subject matter experts) or skills (generalists) relevant to one of the eight intelligence domains or its respective analytic disciplines.

Some analysts are subject matter experts on specific subjects in their domain. They specialize on particular issues, questions, or problems—which, in the national security domain for example—could include terrorism, or Russia, or Iran. Other analysts are generalists, who are able to learn new subjects quickly, and can switch from topic to topic easily.

For all intents and purposes, the requirement to complete either a minor or a second major makes the IA major a “choose your own adventure” for each student, in the sense that he or she can combine the content of the IA major with any other minor (or major) across campus to create a subject matter specialty that reflects his or her own interests and preferences.

In terms of suggestions of minors for students interested in specific intelligence domains to consider:

  • National Security: Varied (Political Science; International Affairs; Public Policy and Administration; Russian Studies; Asian Studies; Middle Eastern Communities and Migrations; Modern Foreign Languages; Latin American Studies; Africana Studies; Global Religions and Global Issues; etc)

  • Military: Military Science (ROTC)

  • Homeland Security: Justice Studies

  • Law Enforcement: Criminal Justice

  • Competitive (Business): A minor in the College of Business (Business Analytics; Computer Information Systems)

  • Private Sector Security: Varied; see “national security” above

  • Geospatial: Geographic Science

  • Cyber: Computer Science

Many other minors or majors are possible to use as knowledge or skills foundations, such as ISAT for technology, WRTC for communications skills, or psychology for knowledge about how people work. The choice of the minor or second major is one carefully taken by each student based on their interests, preferences, and goals.


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