Intelligence Analysis – GOVT 381

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

Course Description

An upper-division course studying field of intelligence analysis to give students a basic understanding of what it takes to be an analyst within the Intelligence Community. The course looks at some classic intelligence failures as well as some of the unpublished successes.

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, focusing particularly on Intelligence Analysis.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will take part in 5 Discussions throughout this course. The student will post a thread of at least 250 words presenting their own opinion on the assigned topic. Additionally, the student will post replies of at least 100 words to 2 other students’ threads.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will choose a topic directly related to the study of intelligence analysis 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 current APA format and adhere to the standards of academic writing. The student will submit their topic in the Discussion for Module 2: Week 2.

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. In each quiz, the student will have 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete 4 essay questions.