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Intelligence and National Security Degree Programs

Explore the Fields of Intelligence and National Security


Gain a clear understanding of how the United States defines and executes national security policy and how the U.S. Intelligence Community operates.

With our Strategic Intelligence concentration, cognate, and minor, you will gain a practical understanding of terrorism, counterterrorism, and intelligence-gathering to equip you for a career in this field.

Our online undergraduate National Security concentration will give you a broad overview of national security policy, homeland security policy, organization and execution, and the application of strategic intelligence to meet national security objectives, and our Master of Science in National Security will prepare you for leadership and administration of national security organizations.

In addition to your studies, you’ll engage in hands-on learning opportunities alongside professionals who are currently working in the intelligence and national security field.

Strategic Intelligence Degree Offerings

B.A. in International Relations: Strategic Intelligence Concentration

B.S. in Criminal Justice – Strategic Intelligence Studies Cognate

Strategic and Intelligence Studies Minor

National Security Degree Offerings

B.S. in Government – National Security

Master of Science in National Security

Networking Opportunities

Gain access to intelligence agencies recruiters.

Liberty has developed a strong network of recruiters from several intelligence agencies who are specifically seeking Liberty students for internships and employment. Each year, our department hosts recruiters on campus and in virtual job fairs.

Get Involved On Campus

Prepare for employment within the intelligence community. The Strategic Intelligence Society will help you develop as a critical thinker as you analyze current events.

Network with faculty and students as you learn to discern intelligence within the fields of politics, technology, transnational issues, economics, and military policy.

Real-world Experience

Engage in realistic exercises with intelligence and counter-intelligence agents, and put your academic knowledge to practical use.

Liberty’s strategic intelligence professors help to craft simulation experiences for students preparing them to address real-world situations.

Read: Strategic intelligence operation thwarts simulated threat

Did You Know?

Faculty Spotlight

Associate Dean for Residential Programs and Department Chair for Government

Dr. Stephen Parke

Associate Dean Parke served in the United States Army for 21 years as a Judge Advocate General officer. He then served on the Joint Task Force and was one of the few people to be flown into New York following the 9-11 terror attacks. His extensive experience is apparent in the classroom as he can provide first hand accounts about terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Assistant Professor of Government

Professor William Waddell

Specializing in the areas of intelligence, cyberspace policy, and military operations, Professor Waddell has professional experience in both the US Navy and the US Army War College. He brings to the class years of experience in aviation and carrier-based anti-submarine warfare, accumulating 2500 flight hours and 605 carrier landings.

Assistant Professor of Government

Professor Robert Cooper

Professor Cooper began his career as a Naval Reserve diver, then as a naval flight officer, flying both the ES-3A Shadow and S-3B Viking, and specialized in the areas of carrier operations and information warfare. He has since worked for the Department of Defense, Inspector General, Special Plans and Operations, on capacity building in Iraq and Afghanistan, global counter-terrorism, and safety.

Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Intelligence and National Security

Strategic Intelligence


Intelligence Analysis