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Applied Science: Intelligence Studies
UA South's small campus atmosphere offers students the advantage of individualized instruction and support while also providing access to the resources of one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation.
The Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Intelligence Studies prepares students for intelligence-related careers. The degree serves students who have earned an Applied Associates Degree, civilians working with defense contractors and active-duty military personnel.
Coursework is offered in a variety of formats, including traditional classroom settings, Interactive TV, hybrid, and online to allow maximum flexibility and accessibility that works for each student’s unique needs.
The major will emphasize the historical and political context of the intelligence field and provide students with a deeper social and cultural understanding of world regions critical to U.S. national and international intelligence communities.
The Intelligence Studies program is designed for students transferring approximately 60 units from a regionally accredited institution. The program requires additional materials during the application process. The minimum entrance requirements include:
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- AAS degree in Intelligence Operations or related field from a regionally accredited institution (recommended)
- Goal Statement
Please contact us if you have any questions about the transferability of your credits, you admissibility to the program, or the application process. For full application instructions, please visit http://uas.arizona.edu/admissions.
UA South maintains a variety of tools to help you plan your education. We include them here for your reference. To make a personalized plan for your UA South education, contact us!
In addition to Foundations, General Education, and your Major coursework, Bachelor of Applied Science programs share a common core of six courses designed to meet employer needs and strengthen your academic skills culminating in a capstone experience in your major field.
UA Degree Search provides an overview of the major, Intelligence Studies four year plans, transfer pathways, and career opportunities.
Transfer Pathway Agreements guide students who are earning specific community college degrees and allow students to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at any Arizona community college to transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Applied Science degree at The University of Arizona South. Specifically, UA South has partnership agreements with Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Cochise College, Maricopa Community College District, and Pima Community College. Find the right AZ degree pathway for you through AZTransfer. Students can also transfer from other institutions and should contact an academic advisor to find out how!
All prospective students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor for an unofficial evaluation of their transfer credit, including military credits, to ensure the timely and cost efficient progress towards their Bachelor’s degree.
Academic Advisement Reports are the official degree audits for UA students once they have been admitted into their chosen major. The Intelligence Studies report contains lists of applicable classes to be used to satisfy graduation requirements. Current UA students can access their personalized Advisement Report in UAccess Student Center under the Academics menu.
Courses are based in theory with a strong focus on professional application. Courses in the major include:
- GPSV 314: National Security Policy - Decision-making structures, processes, and outcomes relevant to American security policy; comparison with major foreign powers.
- GPSV 472: National Security and Intelligence - The role of intelligence in the formulation and execution of US national policy; challenges facing the analysis of intelligence information and introducing that analysis into the national security policy process.
- GPSV 473: National Security Operations - An introduction to the nature, purposes, and historical development of U.S. national security operations; the utility, inherent limitations, and challenges of covert actions; and the implications for the role of covert action against current national security challenges, especially global terror networks.