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Security and Intelligence Studies (SIS)

Courses

SIS 100  Introduction to Global Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This is the foundation course for the Global Security and Intelligence Studies program. The course is designed to introduce new GSIS students to the varied academic disciplines and professional occupation encompassed in the degree program. These include intelligence collections and analysis, security of government and private facilities and personnel, law enforcement, forensic science, and cybersecurity.

SIS 199  Special Topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies related topics.

SIS 200  Introduction to the U.S. Legal System  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will provide a general overview of the legal system in the U.S. It is a core course for the GSIS program, designed to give the student a foundation in legal theory and philosophy, the sources of law, the place of the judicial system in the U.S., the structure of the courts, original through appellate jurisdiction, judicial review, the role of the legal profession, the structure of civil and criminal cases, the adversarial process, constitutional law and protections, and the application of law to security and intelligence issues.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120.

SIS 210  Security Fundamentals  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with a familiarity with the general concepts of security, threat assessment, personel security, physical security and information security both in the government and private sectors. Students will learn the importance of applying proper security protection measures to protect an organizations personnel, physical assets, and sensitive information. Students will learn the basic personnel security screening methods, the general types of security equipment and its protective applications, the ways of protecting both sensitive information and computer systems storing and transmitting such information. The students will also learn the basic methodology for conducting investigations in private and government organizations.

SIS 215  Personal Security and Defensive Skills  3 Credits

Students who successfully complete SIS 215 - Personal Security Defense Skills (3 credit hours) may elect to take a practical firearms instruction course off-campus at their own cost for an additional one credit hour for the laboratory. The instruction course must incorporate the necessary classroom and practical instruction and be recognized by the GSIS Program Chairman as providing relevant knowledge level and skill sets. Once the student has successfully completed SIS 215, the student may apply for the 1 credit hour and must provide a certificate of course completion to the GSIS Program Chairman. GSIS students may only use this course and optional laboratory as an open elective course in their program.

SIS 220  Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science  4 Credits (3,1)

This course links the application of forensic science with the process of conducting investigations employed during criminal, civil, government and corporate investigations. The student will learn how to evaluate and investigate illegal activity objectively and systematically. The students will review, analyze, and scope investigations based on the legal and regulatory elements of proof then collect and analyze evidence.

SIS 299  Special Topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies related topics.

SIS 308  Courts and Criminal Justice  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the United States judicial system, ranging from the justice-of-the-peace and municipal courts to county and district courts, to the appellate courts, and culminating with the United States Supreme Court. The roles of court officials such as the prosecutor, defense counsel, judge, jury, and court administrator will be thoroughly discussed in conjunction with the other components of the criminal justice system.

SIS 312  Global Crime and International Justice Systems  3 Credits (3,0)

This course presents the current status and future trends in global crime and criminal justice systemic approaches to combating global crime. First, the course describes the rise of novel criminal activities in the context of globalization as well as the influence of globalization on pre-existing criminal activities. Second, the course describes globalizations effects on the structure, function, and process of criminal justice systems. Third, the course explores the reciprocal interactive and contextual relationships between global crime and criminal justice systems. The course emphasizes global, multicultural, and world historical perspectives of crime to professionally and personally prepare students for the challenge of 21st century life.
Prerequisites: SS 204 and SS 327 and (SS 312 or PSY 313) and SIS 200.

SIS 315  Studies in Global Intelligence I  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine the uses of strategic intelligence by world leaders in shaping policy and the effects of strategic intelligence on world events. Issues to be covered include theoretical models of strategic intelligence; intelligence collection, evaluation, analysis, production, and dissemination; intelligence oversight; covert and clandestine operations; intelligence bureaucracies; ethical and moral issues in intelligence; counterintelligence. The course emphasizes strategic intelligence in the business, political, military, scientific, and technological domains.
Prerequisites: COM 223.

SIS 317  Political Change, Revolution, and War  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to familiarize the intelligence professional with how major events and systemic changes occur in the international system through wars and revolutions. It also examines political changes that occur in a slower, more evolutionary way. In both cases, the approach is through a study of historical and contemporary examples. The signals that political systems give off as they approach major structural change are examined in some detail, as are the structures of revolutions and conventional and unconventional wars, including asymmetrical wars. Social and economic trends that shape more evolutionary political change are also studied. All forms of change in the international system are of importance to the intelligence analyst, who must warn the policy community of anticipated developments of importance to the government and, subsequently, explain the implications of what has occurred. The course will enable the student to understand predictive analysis and modeling and provide analytical tools with which to deal with changing events.
Prerequisites: SIS 315 or SS 327 or SS 340.

SIS 320  Global History, Politics, and Culture  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides the student with an opportunity to focus more deeply on a region of the world, a particular culture or period in history, or a specific international problem. The topic covered by the course in a particular semester will vary according to student and program needs. The regions to be covered on an as-needed basis will include Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Alternatively, the course could focus on a topic such as Islam in the contemporary world, the weaponization of space, the implications of world migratory patterns, changing issues in international development, or the spread and implications of pandemics. Students may repeat the course in order to study another region or topical area.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or LCH 400.

SIS 323  Intelligence and Technology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine the whole arena of intelligence and technology, beginning with the World War II period, when science and technology came to play a critical role in intelligence. The course will cover technical intelligence-collection methodologies and systems, the use of aircraft and space-based vehicles as collection platforms for photo-optical and digital imagery, radar imaging, infrared and multi-spectral imagery, signals intelligence, etc. The course will provide a technical understanding of these methodologies, as well as an analysis of their place in all-source collection. The course will also examine the current development and implications of intelligence technologies, such as the emergent UAV systems.
Prerequisites: SIS 315.

SIS 325  Foundations of Terrorism  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will introduce the student to the history of terrorism, from the 19th century up to the present day. It will evaluate the causes of terrorism, the capabilities and limitations of terrorist groups, the requisites of effective counterterrorism responses, and the future prospects of terrorism. It will address the implications of terrorism and asymmetrical warfare for U.S. national security, including the possible use of weapons of mass destruction. The constitutional and legal implications of counterterrorist strategies will also be discussed. It will examine the organization, objectives, and methodologies of key terrorist groups operating in the 21st century, particularly those showing ideological hardening, religious revivalism, and ethnic militancy.
Prerequisites: SIS 100 and SS 110 or SS 120 or LCH 400.

SIS 328  Intelligence Analysis, Writing, and Briefing  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to strengthen the students analytical and communications skills, preparatory to a career in intelligence and corporate security arenas. The course will enable the student to understand predictive analysis and modeling and will provide analytical tools with which to deal with changing events. Included among the latter are computer-based analytical programs currently used intensively in the intelligence community, as well as familiarity with intelligence and warning matrices and link analysis. The student also is trained to write intelligence briefs and required to practice this style and format under short deadlines. The student also will write a longer intelligence assessment and then brief that to the class.
Prerequisites: COM 223.

SIS 330  World Political Thought  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will survey world political thought from the classical period to the present. The prevailing political philosophy in each major epoch of world history will be presented, with a particular focus on a key thinker. These will include Sun Tzu in classical China, Katuliya in ancient India, Plato in classical Greece, Cicero in the Roman Empire, Saint Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas as Christian thinkers, Alfarabi in Islam, and Machiavelli in the Renaissance. Much of the course will deal with the Western political tradition: Thomas Hobbes, Hugo Grotius, Benedict Spinoza, John Locke, Montesquieu, the American Federalists, Edmund Burke, Hegel, Alexis de Tocqueville, Marx and Engels, John Dewey, and Leo Strauss. Two modern non-Western thinkers, Mohandas K. Gandhi and Mao Zedong, also will be examined. The student should become familiar with the major themes in political thought: realism, idealism, constitutional republicanism and the rule of law, liberal democracy, fascism, socialism, Marxism, and the Third Way.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or LCH 400.

SIS 335  Counter-Intelligence  3 Credits (3,0)

Counterintelligence is the study of how to protect ones intelligence community from external penetration, including ones sources and methods, personnel, and assets, how to discover and evaluate successful outside penetrations, and how to penetrate hostile intelligence services. The course will cover the history of counterintelligence operations of the U.S. and provide case studies of successful operations against the U.S. and vice versa. It will look at motivations for betrayal, investigatory approaches, the legal domain, and the range of counterintelligence targets. Included in the latter will be an examination of how hostile powers increasingly attempt to acquire high technology, software, and economic information.
Prerequisites: SIS 315.

SIS 340  Security Investigations and Interview  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will focus on understanding and applying the elicitation approaches and techniques employed during security and counterintelligence investigations. The student will learn how to evaluate and investigate allegations of wrong doing objectively and systematically. The student will become familiar with the various psychological approaches and behavior observation techniques used during the interview process. The students will learn to observe and read body language, behavior and other cues to help evaluate a person's truthfulness during an interview. The students will learn to plan and scope an investigation based on the legal and or regulatory elements of proof. The students will plan and conduct investigations of fictitious security violations and criminal acts including participating in mock interviews, interrogations, evidence collection and report writing. They will also learn the Constitutional and legal constraints and requirements involved in both general Criminal and counterintelligence investigations.

SIS 342  Interview Techniques & Tactics  3 Credits (3,0)

This course surveys different approaches and schools of thought concerning interviewing and interrogating witnesses and subjects of investigations. Students learn the legal constraints and psychological aspects of interviewing individuals and suspects. Methods covered and practiced throughout the semester apply to professions within the criminal justice field, as well as security and intelligence. The course involves lecture material, hands on practical exercises, and in-class and off campus workshops.

SIS 350  OSINT Research and Analysis  3 Credits (3,0)

Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is data collection from unclassified environments often used to defend or mitigate analytic conclusions based on classified information. OSINT has become critical to Intelligence Community analysts and is often used to avoid circular reporting of information within a closed environment. Sources for collection can include any media; however, primary focus of OSINT collection is the Internet. The purpose of this experimental course is to focus on two areas - deep web internet research and analysis of data collected. Students will develop the ability to accurately evaluate information through critical thinking and determine the significance of the information.

SIS 352  White Collar Crime  3 Credits

White collar crime has become much more prevalent in the last two decades, both on a domestic and global level. The people who commit these crimes are the atypical criminal. In the case of Enron, they were middle-aged, older citizens of repute. This was also found in the case of WorldCom, Wells Fargo, Fannie Mae, Cendant, Bernie Madoff, and those involved in the mortgage fraud that made billions of dollars for those involved, yet resulted in an estimated 3 million homes falling to foreclosure; affecting jobs, communities, business, and the economy. The consequences are still felt years later. In many of these cases, the impact, both financial and personal are far greater with one white collar crime than thousands of street level crimes. Yet many who commit these crimes are never prosecuted, and if so, serve no time in prison. This course provides resolutions thorugh education and research.

SIS 360  Ireland and The Troubles  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on understanding the significance of the Irish terrorist groups viewed through the lens of Irish history with primary focus on "the Troubles" often used to describe events precipitated by the rise of Protestantism in Northern Ireland, the Flight of the Earls, the Easter Rising of 1916, and the establishment of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Contributing aspects would include investigation of areas of study supporting understanding of the desire for a unified Ireland and might include mythology, art, literature, drama, and music. "The Troubles" have spawned rebel songs, building paintings in Belfast, a wall dividing sections within Ulster between Catholics and Protestants, and an undercurrent that seems to linger in spite of efforts to eradicate the terrorist groups in Ireland.

SIS 365  Project Management  3 Credits

The ability to manage a project or make a substantive contribution to a project team is an essential skill in the corporate world. Project management is an every day reality in all areas of the corporate world, but it is particularly important in physical security. The Project Management institute defines a project as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result.

SIS 399  Special Topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies related topics.

SIS 400  International Security and Globalization  3 Credits (3,0)

An analysis of 21st-century international security issues related to scientific and technological change. Topics include the nature of security-economic, socio-cultural, and military; political leadership/followership, decision making, and conflict resolution; political violence, especially terrorism and ethnic conflict; intelligence and counterintelligence analysis and operations; weapons proliferation; information warfare; the politics of international organized crime; bureaucratic evil; internal dislocation and immigration; and the politics of public health. A special focus throughout the course will be on the aviation and aerospace industries: policies and operations, safety, and security. This course will emphasize science, technology, and globalization as the environment in which concepts of international security evolve and as impacted by international security phenomena.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 and PSY 101 or PSY 350 or PSY 365 and SS 327.

SIS 405  Environment and Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is designed to introduce students to the contingencies and conflicts posed by the intersection of security and environmental issues, including disputes over ground water rights, international rivers, scarce energy resources, manipulation of crop gene pools, genetically modified crops, global migration, international treaties and conventions on environmental issues, and global climate change. Students will be introduced to environmental issues that pose significant security risks to a nation, affect a nations economic wellbeing and/or military preparedness, and pose challenges to those laws governing the protection of the natural environment. Ethical issues will also be addressed, particularly as these relate to policy making on issues that span both environmental and security concerns.
Prerequisites: SIS 315.

SIS 411  Procedural Laws and Evidence  3 Credits (3,0)

This two-part course will examine the legal aspects of the proper collection, chain-of-custody, processing, and laboratory submission and testing requests of crime scene evidence. The first part will study the constitutional origins and continuing evolution of the rules of evidence, pertinent United States Supreme Court cases, tests of admissibility of scientific techniques and expert testimony, weight, value, and types of evidence. In the second part of the course, students will explore the interaction between constitutional law and law enforcement procedure as it pertains to evidence. In addition, students will be presented with a mock crime scene in which they will collect, analyze, and present evidence in a mock trial in front of a practicing judge.

SIS 414  Government and Corporate Security Management  3 Credits

During this course students will apply security concepts and methods employed in protecting personnel, assets and information in government organizations and private business organizations. This course will focus on understanding the role and functions of a security manager in such organizations and their organizational structure, and budgeting practices. The student will learn the critical importance of personnel screening and information protection in preventing espionage and other crimes. Students will gain knowledge and skill in selecting physical security equipment including its applications, effectiveness and cost. Students will also learn about access control and identification, system security system design and application, close circuit television and surveillance, security and theft investigations, and executive protection. The important role of the National Industrial Security Program and the DOD Security classification system will be discussed. Students will develop and practice briefing employees and senior executives on security awareness issues including counterintelligence threats. The student will draft security plans and policies in these critical areas. Finally, the course will review the professional, legal and ethical issues that influence the implementation of various security measure and intelligence operations
Prerequisites: SIS 210.

SIS 415  GSIS Senior Capstone Course  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is one of the three options that students may choose in order to complete their senior project requirement in the GSIS program. It is only available to students with junior or senior standing. It provides an intensive, semester-long simulation for teams of students assuming the roles of political, military, economic, or scientific and technological intelligence case officers. Through the semester-long immersion with an intelligence tasking, students will be expected to demonstrate sophistication with case officer-agent relationships; staffing and coordination involving the various combinations in ones intelligence station, among stations, and between ones station and regional and central headquarters; intelligence briefings, executive summaries, and estimates; credibility and risk analysis, both of sources and of recommendations concerning specific covert action, espionage, and counterintelligence operations; operations/physical/communications/personnel securities; and the intelligence opportunities, limitations, and threats presented by todays era of globalization. Pre-Requisite: Senior Standing.
Prerequisites: SIS 210 and SIS 315.

SIS 416  Middle Eastern Comparative Law  3 Credits (3,0)

The most exciting development in American legal thinking in the last 50 years is the quest to understand and improve law by studying law in light of other disciplines and traditions. The Jewish legal and Middle Eastern tradition is studied in light of the disciplines of the humanities and in light of secular and religious legal traditions, such as American Constitutional law, Islamic law, and Canon law. The interdisciplinary and comparative study of Jewish and Middle Eastern law contributes to the understanding and development of Western principles of law and enhances the academic study of other fields of Judaism and Islam and, in turn, enriches the study of Constitutional law, other traditions, and the disciplines of the humanities.
Prerequisites: SIS 200 and SS 320.

SIS 418  Islam: Origins, History, and Role in the Modern World  3 Credits (3,0)

The course is a detailed introduction to Islam: its origins, history, and contemporary relevance in the worlds of thought, ideas, political mobilization, and military affairs. The course examines the life and teaching of the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran (Koran), the early history and territorial expansion of the Umayyads, the glories of the Abbasids, the major sectarian splits (Sunni, Shia, Ismailiyya), the Sharia and the Orthodox Tradition, Sufism, the Sultanates, the impact of Western colonialism, the modernizers and the orthodox reaction, the Iranian Revolution, and the rise of political Islam in the Sunni world, including the emergence of Islamism, neo-Wahabbism (Al-Qaida), and jihadi movements in Afghanistan, the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Philippines, and Kashmir.
Prerequisites: SS 110 or SS 120 or LCH 400.

SIS 420  Aviation Security and Technology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will concentrate on the disciplines of security and intelligence as applied to aviation. Students will learn to apply the four core security disciplines: communications security, operations security, physical security, and personnel security. Of prime concern in this course is airport/aviation readiness to prevent and respond to the following threats: hijackings, CBRN attacks, bombings, missiles, and shootings as perpetrated by terrorists and/or various nonpolitical hijackers. Other topics include airport familiarization and safety; post 9/11 responses by the public, industry, and government; airport hardening; security screening; first responder roles and needs; the off-airport interface and multimodal infrastructure; cargo and general aviation issues; international security; biometrics and other emerging technologies; and airline security issues.

SIS 421  History and Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine the practice and theory of specified subject areas of law. This course is concerned with the development and critique of theories that have impacted the development of law as well as practices in specific subject areas. Hence, it is a course about general approaches to law and legal thinking. The course will examine a number of contemporary approaches actively pursued in U.S. law schools, looking at work in, feminist legal theory, legal pragmatism, critical race theory, law and literature, and some centrist legal theory. Other approaches may be included based on student interest. Students will be responsible for an in-class presentation on subjects to be arranged, as well as a final paper. Preparation and active participation will be expected.
Prerequisites: SIS 200 and SS 320.

SIS 422  Homeland Security and Technology  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will examine the whole range of issues relevant to the defense and security of the U.S. homeland. These will include transportation security, immigration and border security, cargo security, the presence of radical elements in the U.S., the statutory and regulatory structure, and the institutions and agencies responsible for homeland security at the federal, state, and local levels. Legal and ethical issues also will be examined, as these relate to national security and privacy.
Prerequisites: SIS 315.

SIS 425  Information Protection and Computer Security  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with a familiarity with information protection programs in both the government and private sectors. The course also provides students with an overview of computer security including physical security practices and hardware and software protection. Students will learn the importance of applying proper security protection measures to classified and sensitive information to prevent its intentional or unintentional unauthorized disclosure. Students will review the U.S. governments regulatory scheme for protection of its classified information including several case studies of unlawful information disclosure. Similarly students will review information protection practices in private organizations and their importance. Students will examine and discuss the various aspects of computer security including physical protection of hardware, software protective programs, and employee security awareness programs. The students will also learn how to detect and investigate computer crimes. Finally, students will draft an information security program for a fictitious government or private organization to demonstrate their full understanding of the course material.
Prerequisites: CI 119.

SIS 426  Physical Security and Facility Design  3 Credits (3,0)

This course will focus on understanding and applying physical security concepts and principles to protect people, information, and facilities against criminal activities and terrorist attacks. The students will learn the basic security concepts underlying such protective activies, the types of physical security measures and equipment that may be employed, and their effectiveness in terms of threat mitigation and cost. The students will become familiar with integrating security into the facility planning process, blueprint reading, and equipment selection based on threat assessment and facility use. Student teams will review building designs for security effectiveness and conduct security audits of existing buildings. The teams will also be responsible for physical security measures and equipment to be chosen in designing for retrofittling a major government or private facility. This project will include evaluating the security needs based on the facility's proposed operations, personnel staffing, and assets, including the development of a capital budget.
Prerequisites: SIS 210.

SIS 428  Supply Chain Security  3 Credits

In a global economy, the World Customs Organization (WCO), SAFE Act, U.S. Customs import rules, and manufacturing processes such as just in time manufacturing have made the supply chain a critical part of many corporations' operations. This course will introduce students to the critical role of the supply chain, how to protect materials and finished products while in transit, and focus on U.S. Customs and Border Protection programs such as CPTAT.
Prerequisites: SIS 365.

SIS 430  Emergency Management and Contingency Planning  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of emergency management practices in both government and private organizations in the U.S. The students will become familiar with the basic concepts, principles, and terms used in the emergency management discipline that includes preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery operations. Students will focus on the planning and leadership roles during natural and man-made disasters and interaction between government and private organizations during such incidents. During the course, the students will discuss the individual roles of the federal, state, and local governments and the private sector in such emergencies. The students will become familiar with the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System and their application during national disasters. Students will also examine the essentials of business contingency planning in the private sector for disasters. Finally, students will plan and participate in a mock disaster drill to demonstrate their full understanding of the course material.

SIS 440  Security Operations Management Practicum  3 Credits

This course will draw on the knowledge and skill sets that the student has obtained throughout their course study in security operations through practicum based role-play and security scenarios. The students will act as Program Security Officers, Information System Security Officers, and Facility Security Officers (National Industrial Security Program). The students will practice performing government clearance procedures for personnel and facilities including prescreening applicants, using government databases, and briefing and debriefing government and contractor employees. The students will also role-play interaction with a variety of day-to-day personnel security issues, involving security inspection audit deficiencies and corrections, security violation investigations, and classified information loss or authorized disclosure.

SIS 470  Senior Cooperative Internship  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is one of three options that students may choose in order to complete their senior project requirement in the GSIS Program. This course is only available to students with junior or senior standing and with the prior approval of either the Department or Program Chair. This course is designed to permit the student to use the security and intelligence knowledge gained throughout the program in a related professional environment while sharpening their research and analytical skills. The sponsoring organization will independently evaluate the students work skills and on-the-job performance. The student is also required to demonstrate their research and analytical skills by identifying a problem or issue related to the sponsoring organizations responsibilities or functions, analyzing the various solutions, determining the most effective solution and detailing the results of their analysis in a major research paper. The students faculty sponsor will review and evaluate the students research project and the results of both evaluations will be combined to arrive at a final course grade. Pre-Requisite: Junior Standing.

SIS 475  Senior Thesis  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is one of three options that students may choose in order to complete the senior project requirement. This course is for students who have at least a 3.40 GPA and who plan to attend graduate or law school. It is a classic thesis research course on a topic that requires an intensive review of the relevant literature, extensive research, and superior organization and writing. The senior thesis should provide a degree of originality in research, research method, and/or analysis. Each student will be supervised by a faculty committee and will be required to defend his or her thesis before a faculty panel and the interested public. Students wishing to take this course must apply to the Chair of the Department of Global Security and Intelligence Studies within the last third of the first semester of their senior year. Pre-Requisite: Senior Standing.

SIS 499  Special Topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies  1-3 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies related topics.