Introduction to Intelligence and National Security – GOVT 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. For the Discussions, the student will post a thread presenting their own opinion on the assigned topic, writing at least 250 words. Additionally, the student will post replies of at least 100 words to 2 other students’ threads. All threads and replies must be in current APA format.

Research Paper Assignment

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 APA format and should accord with the standards of academic writing.

Quizzes (2)

The student will complete 2 quizzes. Both quizzes are open-book, open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with any other person. Each quiz will consist of 4 essay questions taken from the Richelson text. The Quiz: Midterm Essays will cover Chapters 1–12, and the Quiz: Final Essays will cover Chapters 13–20. Each quiz will have a 2 hour and 45 minute time limit.