Critical Intelligence Studies Minor

As a federally-designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence, IEPHS has collaborated with the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Political Science Department to establish a minor in Critical Intelligence Studies.

This interdisciplinary minor enables students to use a broad range of information to understand potential sources of risk and how to apply their understanding to enhance domestic and global security. The minor consists of two basic elements, one designed to provide students with essential knowledge related to the field of Intelligence Studies and the other designed to enhance their understanding of different regions, cultures, and value systems that inform the effective use of intelligence. Course offerings in the first area present a mix of tools for intelligence gathering in a framework that offers a critical evaluation of the use and misuse of intelligence gathering and tensions between security and privacy. Course offerings in the second area cover language expertise and cultural competencies.

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • explain the intelligence gathering process in various national and historical contexts;
  • write clearly, critically, and analytically about intelligence issues;
  • demonstrate intermediate-level language skills and/or cultural competence skills;
  • make strong arguments that strike a defensible balance between security and privacy in the context of the American constitutional system.



Inquiries should be directed to Ava Majlesi, Associate Director of the Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security and the Rutgers IC CAE Program, who also serves as an advisor for the Critical Intelligence Studies minor.