National Security Intelligence (Minor)

National Security Intelligence (Minor)

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In this minor, you will explore intelligence issues and challenges related to U.S. national security. Students will gain a composite view of national security intelligence and related topics that may support a career path in government, private sector, nonprofits and more.

What is the national security intelligence minor?

Intelligence is a secret nation state activity that is utilized to understand or influence adversarial entities.The objective of this academic minor is to allow students to specialize in the study of intelligence matters related to U.S. national security, which includes the protection of vital economic and political interests,as well as people and territories,against physical assault. Students completing this minor will have a composite view of U.S. national security intelligence and related topics that may support career paths in the government, private sector and not-for-profit realms.

Why study national security intelligence at UNH Manchester?

The minor encourages interdisciplinary collaboration by bundling security-related courses in a variety of disciplines, facilitating students’ engagement with security from diverse perspectives. Many students are interested in careers in government, private and not-for-profit entities where training in national security intelligence issues is essential. Students with a national security intelligence minor will benefit from this specialized training as they compete for job and post-graduate opportunities in many industries.

Potential career areas

  • Counterintelligence
  • Cyber investigations
  • Diplomacy
  • Emergency management
  • FBI or CIA
  • International nonprofits
  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Network security administration
  • Systems security engineering

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Curriculum & Requirements

The objective of this academic minor is to allow students to study intelligence issues and challenges related to US national security. US National Security may be defined as the protection of the nation’s people and territories against physical assault and the protection of vital economic and political interest, the loss of which could threaten the fundamental values and vitality of the state. Intelligence may be defined as a secret nation state activity to understand or influence adversarial entities. Students will take courses in multiple disciplines across UNH while pursuing the national security intelligence minor. Students completing this minor will have a composite view of national security intelligence and related topics that may support career path in the government, private sector, and not for profit realms.

The Minor in National Security Intelligence will require five courses (20 credits). Two courses originate in the Department of Security Studies, which provides the foundation for the minor. Students will build upon this foundation with three additional intermediate course electives from the Department of Security Studies and other departments across UNH.

Required courses
HLS 550History and Structure of the U.S. Intelligence Community4
HLS 650Intelligence Systems and Structures in Homeland Security4
Select three of the following: 112
HLS 505
Political Violence and Terrorism
HLS 651
Issues in Intelligence Collection
HLS 652
Intelligence Analysis and Production
HIST 537
Espionage and History
HIST 620
Foreign Relations of the United States
POLT 403
United States in World Affairs
POLT 548
Drug Wars
POLT 550
Comparative Government and Society
POLT 562
Strategy and National Security Policy
SOC 656
Terrorism
CMN 456
Propaganda and Persuasion
Total Credits20

For more information about the National Security Intelligence minor on either campus, contact Andrew Macpherson, minor supervisor, at Andrew.Macpherson@unh.edu.

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