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One of Only Three Programs in the Country

Point Park University's intelligence and national security degree program in Pittsburgh is one of only three of its kind in the country. Our intelligence and national security major uses broad coursework to prepare you for entry-level career opportunities in homeland security.

Language skills, critical thinking, analytical skills, strategic thinking, ethical behavior — all are necessary and woven throughout the curriculum. Intelligence and national security majors meet professionals from local federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies while being taught by faculty who work or have worked for these agencies.

Pictured are intelligence majors at the Spies in Black Ties event. | Photo by Chris Rolinson

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the intelligence and national security major. Courses include:

  • International Terrorism
  • Domestic Terrorism
  • Intelligence Tradecraft Techniques
  • Ethics of Spying
  • Intelligence in the Media
  • Interrogation Techniques
  • Spies Amongst Us
  • The President's Daily Brief

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Learn from faculty who have confronted global terrorism and protected our homeland.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is CJIS chair Michael Botta.
  • More than 20 years of experience working for the DEA and Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • Teaches courses in terrorism, counterintelligence and more
  • Expert on narcoterrorism

Career Options

Graduates of the intelligence and national security degree program can pursue various career opportunities such as:

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Department of Defense
  • Transportation and Security Administration
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection

Alumni Success

Learn where our graduates have gone on to build their intelligence and national security careers.

More news & features
Pictured is intelligence alumnus Jeff Gurski.
"When I came upon the intelligence and national security program at Point Park and looked at the courses I needed to take, I was sold. It was the only way I would leave the Marines and go to school. I have a deep passion for the field."
Pictured is intelligence graduate Barbara Arroyo. Photo by Chris Rolinson
"I fell in love with the whole intelligence and national security program, its curriculum and everything it offered."

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