Intelligence Analysis – GOVT 381

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

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 The course looks at some classic intelligence failures as well as some of the unpublished successes.


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, focusing particularly on Intelligence Analysis.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the complexities and requirements of proper analysis.
  2. Analyze a selected piece of intelligence in a written report.
  3. Evaluate selected analysis successes and failures from case studies.
  4. Compare biblical Scriptures and perspectives with real world situations.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

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

Research Paper

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 Turabian format and adhere to the standards of academic writing. The student will post a thread of his/her chosen research paper topic in a Discussion Board Forum.

Exams (2)

The student will complete a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. Both exams are open-book/open-notes, but are not to be collaborated on with any other person. In each exam, the student will have 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete 4 essay questions.