Introduction to Intelligence and National Security – GOVT 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An upper-division introduction to the field of intelligence and the Intelligence Community, and how it all works within the framework of the Department of Homeland Security.


GOVT 200


September 11, 2001, the worst intelligence/policy failure in American history, provides the rationale for all the intelligence courses being offered. This course is designed to give the student an overview of the intellectual, historical, and political aspects of the field of intelligence.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate the different agencies and missions of the IC.
  2. Make knowledgeable career choices in the field of intelligence.
  3. Study the subject of intelligence with informed reading, research, analysis, and discussion.
  4. Summarize the complexity of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
  5. Compare Biblical Scriptures and perspectives with real world situations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

The student will take part in 1 ungraded Introductions Forum and 5 graded Discussion Board Forums. For the 5 graded forums, the student will post a thread presenting his/her own opinion on the assigned topic, writing at least 250 words no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of the assigned module/week. Additionally, the student will post replies of at least 100 words to 2 other students’ threads no later than 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the same module/week.

Research Paper

The student will choose a topic directly related to the study of intelligence, and write a 5–8-page research paper on that topic, making use of a minimum of 5 different sources. The paper must be written in Turabian format and should accord with the standards of academic writing. The Research Paper is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.

Essay Exams (2)

The student will complete Midterm and Final Essay Exams during Modules/Weeks 4 and 8, respectively. Both exams are open-book, open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with any other person. The Midterm Essay Exam is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4. The Final Essay Exam is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday of Module/Week 8.