Intelligence Analysis (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in intelligence analysis that prepares students for careers as intelligence analysts in the U.S. government (local, state, federal), the military, and the private sector. The program is the first and only of its kind in the state of Indiana.

The Intelligence Analysis Program teaches students innovative ways to structure their thinking to solve complex, real-world problems when there is both time pressure and a lack of reliable information. The program highlights the continually evolving nature of intelligence analysis, with an emphasis on employing new academic research into analytical methods. The academic knowledge and skills students gain from this program include the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of intelligence data, whether relating to national security, law enforcement, military, or business intelligence.

Coursework includes a required core of courses in criminology and criminal justice as well as intelligence analysis.  In addition, students complete directed electives and one of the following concentrations:

  • Counterintelligence concentration for those who desire a career in military or government
  • Criminal intelligence concentration for those who desire a career in criminal justice or private sector 
  • Intelligence collection concentration for those who desire a career in the government or private sector
  • Intelligence operations concentration for those who desire a career in the government, military, criminal justice, or private sector

Each student gains practical experience through completion of an internship with a local, state, federal private sector, or non-profit agencies.

Students benefit from classes taught by award-winning faculty who hold doctorates in criminology, criminal justice, jurisprudence, sociology, public administration, and spatial and earth sciences. Many have experience in the field in intelligence analysis, cyber security, policing, corrections, criminal investigations, and psychology.

Facilities include two well-equipped laboratories for hands-on experience: a forensic laboratory for forensic investigations, and a cyber-laboratory for cyber security and intelligence investigations.

The School of Criminology and Security Studies sponsors activities and conferences that enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the field—and also sponsors a chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the national criminal justice professional fraternity. Additional opportunities are available through the School’s partnerships with agencies, universities, and organizations located in Indiana—and throughout the world.

In addition, the School participates in an annual career fair that enables students to explore employment opportunities with recruitment representatives from criminal justice agencies, the military, nonprofits, and private sector companies in Indiana—and throughout the United States.

Special Note: The Intelligence Analysis Program is offered on the Terre Haute campus. The program is also offered via online learning.

Required Courses


Graduates of the Intelligence Analysis Program possess the knowledge and skills needed for successful careers as intelligence analysts in the U.S. government, military, and the private sector. The job outlook is bright, with the number of intelligence jobs in the U.S. expected to grow significantly through 2020. Intelligence Analysis is a growing sector of employment that is currently underserved.

Potential career options include the following:

  • FBI analyst or agent
  • CIA analyst or officer
  • Military intelligence analyst
  • Homeland Security agent
  • Criminal justice officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Detective
  • Border patrol agent
  • Intelligence analyst for government agencies
  • Information analyst for non-profit and the private sector

In addition, the program is excellent preparation for graduate study in intelligence analysis, criminal justice, criminology, law enforcement, or other social science related disciplines.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

School of Criminology and Security Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-2192


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

School of Criminology and Security Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-2192