University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Minor in Intelligence and National Security Studies

This minor program is designed to allow students to become familiar with intelligence and security needs and problems of risk confronted by private and governmental organizations. Students will be introduced to problems and reasoning concerning matters of security, counterintelligence, transnational threats such as terrorism and drug cartels, diplomacy, international transactions, intelligence bureaucracies, and related areas. The program is valuable for students interested in understanding the complex world of security, intelligence, and counterintelligence and for students seeking careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community and private agencies employing security technology, methodology, and services. The minor program is highly flexible and will benefit students from any college or major at UTEP. Students are required to complete six hours of required courses, six hours of prescribed electives in the intelligence and national security studies (INSS) curriculum, and six hours from a list of interdisciplinary electives. Any UTEP undergraduate student in good academic standing is eligible for enrollment in the Minor in Intelligence and National Security Studies.

Fast Track

The Fast-Track Program enables outstanding undergraduate UTEP students to receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for up to 15 hours of UTEP course work as determined by participating Master's and Doctoral programs.  Not all undergraduate programs have elected to participate in the Fast Track option, so students should see their departmental graduate advisor for information about requirements and guidelines. A list of courses that have been approved for possible use at the graduate level is found here

Degree Plan

Required Courses:
INSS 3302Sem in Intel and Nat'l Sec3
INSS 4301Intel Collection & Analysis3
Prescribed Electives:
Select two of the following:6
Historical Dev of Nat'l Sec
Intel & Counterterrorism
Intel & Counterproliferation
Counterintelligence & Security
Seminar in Homeland Security
Crime and Border Security
Cyberspace & National Security
Security Operations
Intel & Transnational Threats
Ethics and Security
Technical Intelligence
Critical Infrastructure Prtctn
Selected Problems in Intel
Professional Practices
Security Studies Internship
Interdisciplinary Electives:
Select two of the following:6
Intercultural Communication
American Foreign Rel Snc 1914
American Military History
History of Modern East Asia
Modern Africa
History of Modern China
20th Century Europe, 1900-Pres
The Americas
The Border
U.S. Military History
International Relations
International Security
Foreign Policy of the U.S.
Internat'l Political Economy
Major World Religions
Total Hours18