The Intelligence & Data Analysis minor is designed to provide the necessary background for students to pursue careers as research and/or intelligence analysts in government agencies and/or private business enterprises. The work of these analysts, whether relating to banking, national security or criminal investigative activities, involves the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of data.
A student must complete at least 18 credits of coursework, 9 of which must count only for the minor, to fulfill the requirements. The required courses are (total 9 credits):
The remaining 9 credits can be fulfilled by the following:
While a bachelor's degree in IDA will provide students with a comprehensive and holistic education in intelligence studies and data analysis, the minor can provide a gateway to many of the same career opportunities. As there are few IDA-type programs, most analyst positions do not specify the area of study for a bachelor’s degree for entry-level applicants. Also, as there are analysts across various industries from private to public, the title of the analyst will vary depending on the area of work. Government analysts who work for National Security such as FBI and CIA may have very different analytical specifications to work within separate and distinct from that of business or private industry. The current and future job market is positive for a career as an Intelligence Analyst or any analyst for that matter. A cursory review of the job market for intelligence analysts suggests thousands of jobs are available in both the government and private sector. In light of this, an IDA minor could be beneficial to majors in criminal justice, forensic science/CSI, business, psychology, and cybersecurity.
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Carraugh Reilly Nowak, MFS
Associate Professor FS/CJ
Chair, Forensic Science
142D Bogel Hall
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