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B.S. in Global Security and Intelligence Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) is designed to develop future security and intelligence professionals with a broad understanding of global interrelationships in politics, law, government, economics, social change, science and technology, military developments, psychological dimensions of military and terrorist threats, cyber-security, environmental security issues, and human cultures. The program will explore the implications of these multiple factors to the security of nation-states and the future of human society in a global context.

The program provides the student with the interdisciplinary skills to analyze the interactions between all these elements and to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and oral contexts. Above all, GSIS students will be able to exhibit innovative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in issues such as terrorism and asymmetrical warfare, transportation (especially aviation and aerospace) security, threats to corporate personnel and facilities, threats to computer and telecommunications infrastructure, trafficking networks in illicit services and substances, proscribed weapons technologies such as weapons of mass destruction, international crime, population migrations, natural disasters, pandemics, and homeland security.

Global Security and Intelligence Studies students will be very competitive in obtaining positions and performing

  1. with federal government intelligence, security, law enforcement and emergency management agencies
  2. with the Department of Defense and the armed services
  3. with security, competitive intelligence and information protection departments in the private sector especially those involved in aviation and transportation security
  4. with state, county and local homeland security, law enforcement and emergency management organizations
  5. as students in graduate schools focusing on intelligence and national security, international relations, regional studies
  6. as students in law schools
  7. as staffers for political leaders and legislative representatives specializing in national intelligence and security issues.

Degree Requirements

The GSIS program consists of seven interrelated components: general education, a GSIS core, area of concentration, electives, foreign languages, senior project, and an optional co-op or study-abroad experience.

The general education requirement provides the fundamentals in the sciences, mathematics, the social sciences and liberal arts, oral and written communication, and computer operations and applications.

The science requirement deepens the student’s knowledge and understanding of science and technology, key areas for the security/intelligence student.

Together, the GSIS core is a multidisciplinary array of courses that brings a number of fields to the study of security and intelligence, including geography, forensic science, the law, economics, psychology, government and foreign policy, and the history of intelligence.

The GSIS core and the designated electives are designed to demonstrate the ways in which societies and cultures, economies, systems of thought, military developments, and environmental concerns are shaping the international system.

In the senior year, the GSIS major will select one of four areas of concentration: Pre-Law and Government, Intelligence, Criminal Justice and Security, or Security and Intelligence. Each area of concentration contains at least five courses, allowing the student to gain a deeper understanding in a more specialized field. The fourth option for the area of concentration, Security and Intelligence, is to choose a total of five courses from both the Intelligence and the Criminal Justice and Security areas of concentration, two from one and three from the other.

GSIS students are required to complete a senior project prior to graduation. The options include a senior thesis (SIS 475), a senior internship including a research paper (SIS 470), or a semester-long capstone course including a simulated intelligence and security scenario using the GSIS operations center (SIS 415). The senior internship is designed to provide the students with practical experience and increase their employment opportunities. The capstone scenario will enable the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge and understanding gained in the GSIS Program in a simulated crisis situation in a real-world environment. The thesis will encompass significant research into a topic relevant to security and intelligence studies and provide original recommendations and conclusions.

The GSIS program encourages students to gain international experience through travel or study abroad. It promotes a strong grounding in history, a capacity for critical thinking, good writing and communication skills, and, in the selection of designated and open electives, a knowledge and appreciation of the arts and humanities.

Because knowledge of a second language, or indeed multiple languages, is an essential skill for the intelligence and security professional today, GSIS students must meet a foreign language requirement.

The Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) requires successful completion of a minimum of 122 credit hours.

Three Degree Tracks

The GSIS degree program provides the student with three curricular tracks: the Standard track, the Security Operations Management track, and the Chinese track.

Standard Track

General Education38
Standard Track Core Courses36
Foreign Language12
Designated Electives9
Area of Concentration15
Open Electives9
Senior Project3
Total Credits122
 

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
College Algebra
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X) 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SIS 100 Introduction to Global Security 3
SS 110 World History 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Sophomore Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 223 Intelligence Writing 3
Foreign Language I & II 6
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
History of Modern Europe
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
SS 120 U.S. History 3
SS 204 Introduction to Geography 3
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Junior Year
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
Macroeconomics
Foreign Language III & IV 6
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
SS 327 International Relations 3
Area of Concentration Courses 6
Designated Electives 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
PSY 313 Personality and Profiling 3
Deceptions
SIS 415 GSIS Senior Capstone Course 3
Senior Cooperative Internship
Senior Thesis
SS 340 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy 3
Area of Concentration Courses 9
Designated Electives 6
Open Electives 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 122.0

Areas of Concentration (AOC)

Choose one of these Areas of Concentration or select two courses from one and three courses from the other for a joint AOC in Security and Intelligence.

Intelligence

Select five of the following:15
Political Change, Revolution, and War
Intelligence and Technology
Foundations of Terrorism
Intelligence Analysis, Writing, and Briefing
Counter-Intelligence
International Security and Globalization
Environment and Security
Islam: Origins, History, and Role in the Modern World
International Human Rights
Upper- Level SIS course as approved by Program Chair
Total Credits15

Criminal Justice and Security

Select five of the following:15
Courts and Criminal Justice
Global Crime and International Justice Systems
Interview Techniques & Tactics
White Collar Crime
Project Management
Procedural Laws and Evidence
Government and Corporate Security Management
Aviation Security and Technology
Homeland Security and Technology
Information Protection and Computer Security
Supply Chain Security
Emergency Management and Contingency Planning
Incident Command System
Upper-Level SIS course as approved by Program Chair
Total Credits15

Pre-Law and Government

Select five of the following:15
Business Law
Courts and Criminal Justice
Global Crime and International Justice Systems
Procedural Laws and Evidence
Middle Eastern Comparative Law
History and Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence
International Human Rights
Total Credits15

Security and Intelligence

Choose 5 Courses from the Intelligence and Criminal Justice and Security AOCs15
Total Credits15

Designated Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours by selecting from upper-level SIS, SS, RS or HU courses or from the courses specified below with approval of their faculty advisor or the GSIS program chair:

Upper-Level HU/SS/SIS/RS Elective
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Environmental Law
Total Credits9

Security Operations Management Track

The Security Operations and Management track is geared towards those interested in a career in security and protection; either in private industry or with a governmental security and intelligence agency. Course requirements for this track include 12 hours of foreign language, general education courses, GSIS core classes and 33 credits in specialty courses.

General Education38
Security Operations Core Courses36
Foreign Language 12
Security Operations Mgmt Specialty Courses30
Open Electives3
Senior Project3
Total Credits122

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X) 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
College Algebra
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SIS 100 Introduction to Global Security 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
SS 110 World History 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Sophomore Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 223 Intelligence Writing 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
Macroeconomics
Foreign Language I & II 6
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
History of Modern Europe
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
SS 120 U.S. History 3
SS 204 Introduction to Geography 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Junior Year
BA 308 Public Administration 3
or upper-level SIS
Foreign Language (III &IV) 6
PSY 313 Personality and Profiling 3
Deceptions
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
SS 327 International Relations 3
SS 340 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy 3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science 3
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Senior Year
BA 309 Government Acquisitions and Contracting 3
or upper-level SIS
BA 329 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 3
or upper-level SIS
CS 304 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
SIS 335 Counter-Intelligence 3
SIS 342 Interview Techniques & Tactics 3
SIS 414 Government and Corporate Security Management 3
SIS 422 Homeland Security and Technology 3
SIS 425 Information Protection and Computer Security 3
SIS 426 Physical Security and Facility Design 3
SIS 440 Security Operations Management Practicum **3
Senior Cooperative Internship
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 122.0

Chinese Track

Students who take the Chinese track will take the same subject area courses and the same number of credits as those in the Standard or Security Operations Management tracks. The overall difference is that, in the Chinese track, students will take 45 credits in courses that will be entirely in Chinese or have a significant Chinese component with supplementary reading and writing assignments in English, rather than the 12 credits in a foreign language required by the other two tracks. The Chinese track is not open to native speakers of Chinese. The 45 credits include the 12 required foreign language credits for the Standard track, the 9 credits in the Chinese Minor, and 24 additional credits which will be offered by teaching content courses in Mandarin Chinese with supplementary reading and writing assignments in English. Study abroad in the summer of the sophomore year is required for Chinese track students.

General Education38
Chinese Core Courses36
Foreign Language Requirement Chinese Specialty Courses27
Area of Concentration15
Open Elective3
Senior Project3
Total Credits122

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
LCH 103 Chinese I and II 6
LCH 203 Chinese III and IV 6
SIS 100 Introduction to Global Security 3
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
SS 120 U.S. History 3
UNIV 101 College Success (1)
 Credits Subtotal27.0
Sophomore Year
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
LCH 206 Contemporary Chinese Literature 3
LCH 209 Computer Communication and Applications in Chinese 3
LCH 303 Intermediate Chinese I and II 6
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
History of Modern Europe
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Junior Year
COM 223 Intelligence Writing 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
Macroeconomics
LCH 205 Modern Chinese Films 3
LCH 306 Asian Literature 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
College Algebra
PSY 306 Deceptions 3
Personality and Profiling
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
SS 327 International Relations 3
SS 340 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy 3
 Credits Subtotal27.0
Senior Year
LCH 400 Eastern and Western Civilization 3
LCH 420 Senior Review 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 415 GSIS Senior Capstone Course 3
Senior Cooperative Internship
Senior Thesis
Area of Concentration Courses 15
Open Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Summer Session
Summer Study Abroad between Sophomore and Junior years
LCH 207 Introduction to Geography 3
LCH 208 Speech in Chinese 3
LCH 402 Applied Cross-Cultural Communications 3
 Credits Subtotal9.0
 Credits Total: 122.0

GSIS Chinese track students in Air Force or Army ROTC may substitute SS 120 with SS 311 or SS 321, and BA 201 with an Upper-Level AF or MSL course.

General GSIS Program Notes

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Non Chinese track GSIS students may meet the foreign language requirement in several ways:

  • Complete 12 credit hours of one foreign language at ERAU.
  • Transfer 12 credit hours of one foreign language from another accredited institution of higher education.
  • Transfer less than 12 credit hours of one foreign language from another accredited institution of higher education and complete the remaining credit hours in the same language at ERAU with the language instructor’s approval.
  • Take an approved national foreign language examination such as those offered by Brigham Young Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) Examination ,DOD Defense Language Proficiency Tests or AP Advanced Placement Tests and apply for Advanced Standing.
  • Take a Course Equivalency Examination receive credit for one or all of the equivalent language courses with the language instructor’s and the appropriate department chairperson’s approval.
**

Senior Cooperative Internship must be with a federal, state, or local law enforcement or intelligence organizations or a corporate security organization and must be approved by the Program Chair.