2023-2024

Intelligence Studies, Undergraduate Certificate

Business and Administration

Provost Office

The Intelligence Studies certifcate prepares current and aspiring police officers, security professionals and intelligence practritioners to legally collect, analyze and disseminate intelligence information for the purpose of anticipating crime trends and proactively creating prevention strategies, while simultaneously respecting the rights of citizens.

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Some online/blended coursework Required

Purpose Statement

The Certificate in Intelligence Studies prepares students for jobs that require the knowledge to identify, analyze, and disseminate intelligence information. The certificate includes the core Intelligence Studies courses. Students can apply these coursework foundation areas where intelligence expertise is critical, such as criminal justice, criminology, business, law enforcement, cybersecurity, crime analysis, and pre-law.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify actionable intelligence, and critically analyze this intelligence so it can be used to address issues related to crime and/or local, state and/or public, or private sector security.
  • Describe the ethical responsibilities different U.S. intelligence communities hold, and the legal foundations and oversight mechanisms with particular emphasis on preserving civil liberties.
  • Through effective writing, describe how common leadership theories and practices can be used to effectively lead in the intelligence field.
  • Describe basic intelligence concepts, including the intelligence cycle, which serves as a framework for understanding intelligence activities.

Certificate Requirements
  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Students enrolled in this certificate may not enroll in or pursue the following due to the number of overlapping units:

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.