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Strategic & Intelligence Studies Minor

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Residential Program

Choosing a Minor in Strategic and Intelligence Studies is a terrific way to make your resume more attractive and stand out to a hiring manager while also helping you improve your critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills. The Minor in Strategic Intelligence provides the foundation for understanding the Intelligence process and the 18 members of the Intelligence Community while giving students ample practice and examples of Intelligence writing, briefing, and tradecraft.

Liberty’s Intelligence courses are taught by seasoned veterans of the Intelligence mission who have decades of practical experience and real knowledge of how the intelligence mission.

Intelligence and National Security agencies at the federal, state, and local level all value individuals with the ability to sift through large amounts of information, determine what’s important to the mission and concisely present a risk-focused decision briefing or paper to leadership. Those abilities are at the core of all our Intelligence courses. 

There is a strong demand for Liberty graduates in the National Security and Intelligence fields. The Liberty Christian worldview, ethical values, and deep commitment to service are valued and necessary characteristics for a career in National Security and Intelligence.

You’ll Have the Opportunity to

  • Hear the “sea stories” of former leaders of Intelligence Agencies
  • Learn the language and tradecraft of the Intelligence profession
  • Discuss current National Security topics
  • Obtain experience in structured analytical techniques and briefings
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the threats to our Nation and way of life

Academic Information

Credit Hours

  • 15 credit hours

Courses You Could Take

  • Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise (GOVT 200)
  • Introduction to Intelligence and National Security (GOVT 380)
  • Intelligence Analysis (GOVT 381)
  • Terrorism (GOVT 480)

Programs of Study


“My goal is to combine a degree in engineering with a strategic intelligence minor to prepare for a career that helps defend our national security.”

–Stephanie Philippe, Strategic and Intelligence Studies Minor