Undergraduate Minor in Intelligence and National Security

Introduced in Fall 2015, this minor introduces students to the fundamentals of intelligence and national security, and allows for students to specialize in one or more different areas that are appropriate for a career in these fields.  This minor will be helpful for students majoring in any field who are interested in careers in intelligence and national security, and particularly for students in Political Science, International and Global Studies, and Criminal Justice.

Minor Admission Requirements


Minor Requirements
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better for all classes is required in courses counting towards the minor.
  • At least 15 hours used in the minor must be taken at UCF.
  • No credit by exam (TSD, Military credit) may be used.
  • Internships, independent study and substitute courses/new courses are allowed at the director’s discretion (for a maximum of 3 credit hours).
  • No more than 3 credit hours may overlap with any other major or minor.
Prerequisite Courses

Students must satisfy each course’s prerequisites before enrolling in the class.


The minor in Intelligence and National Security consists of 18 credit hours at the undergraduate level, including two required core courses and four electives.


For administrative questions, contact the Undergraduate Senior Admissions Specialist:
(e.g. When are these classes offered? How will this work with my degree program?)

For academic questions, contact the Undergraduate Program Advisor:
(e.g. Is this class a good fit for my career interests? Can I have more information on what a specific class entails?)
Bailey Sellers

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
12 Total Credits
Complete all of the following

Complete the following:
INR2002 – International Relations-Theory and Practice (3)
POS4407 – The Intelligence Community (3)

Complete at least 2 of the following:
INR4360 – The Intelligence Process (3)
INR4363 – Intelligence Analysis and Reporting (3)
INR4942 – Intelligence Studies Capstone (3)
POS4300 – Research Methods and Intelligence (3)

Restricted Electives
6 Total Credits
Complete all of the following

Earn at least 6 credits from the following types of courses:
Select two courses from the following list:

CCJ 4076 – Crime Intelligence and Investigative Support Analysis Credit Hours: 3
CCJ 4641 – Organized Crime Credit Hours: 3
CCJ 4644 – White Collar Crime Credit Hours: 3
CCJ 4651 – Drugs and Crime Credit Hours: 3
CJT 3803 – Security Management Credit Hours: 3
CJT 3821 – Practical Security Applications Credit Hours: 3
COM 4416 – Terrorism and Communication Credit Hours: 3
CPO 3034 – Politics of Developing Areas Credit Hours: 3
CPO 3057 – Contemporary Revolution and Political Violence Credit Hours: 3
CPO 3403 – Politics of the Middle East Credit Hours: 3
CPO 3614 – Politics of Eastern Europe Credit Hours: 3
CPO 4303 – Comparative Latin American Politics Credit Hours: 3
CPO 4514 – Politics of East Asia Credit Hours: 3
CPO 4541 – Chinese Politics Credit Hours: 3
CPO 4643 – Government and Politics of Russia Credit Hours: 3
DSC 4012 – Terrorism Credit Hours: 3
DSC 4013 – Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Credit Hours: 3
INR 3250 – Politics of Pan-Africanism Credit Hours: 3
INR 3253 – International Politics of Africa Credit Hours: 3
INR 4060 – Causes of War Credit Hours: 3
INR 4076 – Global Drug Policy Credit Hours: 3
INR 4084 – Politics of International Terrorism Credit Hours: 3
INR 4104 – Topics and Cases in American Foreign Policy Credit Hours: 3
INR 4114 – American Security Policy Credit Hours: 3
INR 4115 – Strategic Weapons and Arms Control Credit Hours: 3
INR 4243 – International Politics of Latin America Credit Hours: 3
INR 4224 – Contemporary International Politics of Asia Credit Hours: 3
INR 4274 – International Politics of the Middle East Credit Hours: 3
INR 4335 – Coercion in International Politics Credit Hours: 3
INR 4363 – Intelligence Analysis and Reporting Credit Hours: 3
INR 4743 – Military Power and Effectiveness Credit Hours: 3
INR 4774 – Military Space Policy Credit Hours: 3
INR 4764 – Cyberwarfare Policy Credit Hours: 3
POS 4206 – Political Psychology Credit Hours: 3
POS 4682 – National Security Law Credit Hours: 3
POS 4764 – GIS for Political Analysis Credit Hours: 3
SYP 3511 – Sociology of Murder Credit Hours: 3
SYP 3520 – Criminology Credit Hours: 3
SYP 4521 – Crime Victims in Society Credit Hours: 3
SYP 4550 – Drug Use in Society Credit Hours: 3

Other courses may be substituted with approval by the program advisor.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 18