The International Studies Program in West Virginia Universitys Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has developed a new area of emphasis in intelligence and national security for undergraduate students this fall.

The new intelligence and national security program offers a well-focused undergraduate background for intelligence careers in the national security community, such as with the CIA or the Defense Department,said Joe Hagan, director of the International Studies Program and chair of the Political Science Department.

With the current world situation, we felt it was important to offer our students a professionally oriented course in intelligence and foreign policy analysis,he added.Students already at WVU and members of the U.S. intelligence community have expressed persistent enthusiasm for such a program.

The core curriculum for the new area of emphasis includes course work in foreign policy analysis taught by WVU political science faculty and courses in intelligence analysis developed with assistance from members of the U.S. intelligence community.

The intelligence course offerings include a strong research component that will include instruction in intelligence gathering and analysis techniques relevant to national security situations. Decision-making processes within the U.S. government and assessment of the goals and motives of nations that America encounters in international conflicts will also be addressed.

The intelligence and national security program is part of WVU s major in international studies, which is one of the fastest-growing majors in the Eberly College. More than 200 students have declared an international studies major.

As part of the larger international studies major,Hagan said,the intelligence and national security program is not limited to these new courses, but is embedded into the larger curriculum that ranges from theoretical courses on the political, geographic and economic dimensions of international affairs to more substantively oriented courses on the history, culture, politics and geography of the worlds various regions.

Given the importance of foreign language skills to intelligence careers, students pursuing this area of emphasis are also required to have at least a full year of advanced foreign language course work,he added.We are also encouraging students to pursue professional internships within the intelligence community as their capstone experience for this area of emphasis.

For more information about the program, contact Hagan at Joe.Hagan@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3811.