Intelligence agencies have told us what skills they need. The University of New Haven is where you'll get them.
Dr. Jibey Asthappan, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., American University
Interested in serving your country in the intelligence field? The University of New Haven is one of the few universities in the U.S. where you can pursue this calling. Through the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, we've offered a successful graduate program in National Security for more than a decade. Now we're launching its extension - an undergraduate program that will prepare you to enter the field sooner.
Intelligence agencies are clear on what skills they're looking for. Our mission is equally clear: to give you expert training in those skills so that you can start contributing from day one on the job.
First, it's important to understand the difference between Homeland Security and National Security. Homeland Security focuses on domestic security, with the goal of preventing, preparing for, and responding to various types of security threats - threats from within the U.S.
Those who work in National Security deal with external threats to the country and its interests internationally. That's why the National Security Agency is part of the Department of Defense and has a mission that focuses on Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance operations.
Signals Intelligence involves the collection of external communications and information to keep the Intelligence Community informed about operations, risks and threats to our national security. Information Assurance ensures the integrity of U.S. information systems against intrusions or attacks.
Our program will prepare you to work as an Intelligence Analyst in a broad range of national agencies that are typically associated with the national Intelligence Community. Think: the CIA, the FBI, the NSA (National Security Agency), the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense.
You could also have a career with a defense contractor. Many defense contractors have significant national security interests that involve the protection of defense-related science and technology developments.
For more information about the Bachelor of Science in National Security Studies program, please explore the pages in this section (links in the upper left of this page). You can also explore the major's course offerings (Academic Catalog box on this page), or hit the "Get Info" or "Apply" buttons on this page to connect with a member of our undergraduate admissions staff.