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Global Security and Intelligence Studies



The Global Security and Intelligence Studies program (GSIS) is a unique blend of academic and professional studies designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become future leaders in the intelligence, security and law enforcement communities. The GSIS program prepares students for critical thinking and analysis by providing a sound foundation in the liberal arts including foreign languages and cultures, history, economics, international law, foreign policy and world geography and by offering a range of advanced facilities designed to enhance the learning environment.

Students can select the GSIS standard track, the GSIS/Chinese Track or the GSIS Security Operations Management Track Students. Students in the GSIS/Chinese track take the same subject courses and the same number of credits (122 credits) as those in the GSIS standard track. In the GSIS/Chinese track, students take 45 credits of Chinese courses rather than the 12 credits in foreign language required in the GSIS standard track. The 45 credits include selected GSIS general education and designated elective courses taught in Mandarin Chinese with supplementary assignments in English. Study abroad is required in the summer of the sophomore year for all GSIS/Chinese track students.

Students in the GSIS Security Operations Management track will take an additional 33 credit hours in security specialty courses, cyber security and business courses. The GSIS Security Operations Management Track consists of 123 total credit hours. This Track is designed specifically for students seeking a career in security management in the federal government or private sector. This track equips students with the knowledge and skill sets to be an entry-level manager in any of federal or private organization but particularly those federal organizations in the intelligence community.

The GSIS program requirements develop future security and intelligence professionals with a broad understanding of global interrelationships in languages and cultures, politics, economics, social change, science and technology, military developments, and environmental issues. Students explore the cultural, sociological and psychological dimensions of war, conflicts, and terrorism. The implications of these complex interrelationships for the security of nation-states and the future of human society in a global context are emphasized.

Students in the GSIS degree program can expect to:

  • Study and apply the key concepts and principles involved in the collection and analysis of both tactical and strategic intelligence for diplomatic, economic, military, and homeland defense purposes
  • Acquire critical language and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Study the nature of terrorism and asymmetric warfare; the proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction; the security of the U.S. homeland; and protection of government and private sector organizations and personnel
  • Focus on the integration of intelligence with U.S. diplomatic and military actions in the international arena
  • Learn basic security concepts and their application in both the government and private sector in a multicultural, international environment
  • Focus on homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, information protection and cyber security, transportation security including aviation security, emergency management and forensic science applications in security, intelligence and law enforcement

Students may select areas of concentration in Intelligence, Criminal Justice and Security, Pre-Law and Government, or a combination of Security and Intelligence. The Senior Project Requirement may include a formal academic thesis; engaging in research while serving as an intern with a government, private security or intelligence organization; or completing a capstone course incorporating the knowledge they have obtained and applying it in a semester long crisis simulation or problem.

Students are also strongly encouraged to gain international experience through travel or study abroad and to gain field experience through government and private sector internships throughout the program.

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View requirements for the B.S in Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree on the Catalog site.


The long-term career outlook for graduates from the Global Security and Intelligence Studies program is outstanding. The knowledge and skill sets that students learn coupled with the practical experience they gain makes them very competitive for employment in both the government and private sectors in organizations and agencies such as:

  • Federal government intelligence, diplomatic, security and law enforcement agencies
  • All branches of the U.S. military including the U.S. Coast Guard
  • International and domestic corporations particularly in their security and intelligence departments
  • Private intelligence, security, and asset/risk management consulting firms
  • Non-governmental national and international organizations such as the American Red Cross and World Bank
  • State and local homeland security, emergency management, and law enforcement agencies
  • Staff members specializing in security and intelligence matters for federal and state legislative bodies, regulatory agencies and political leaders
  • Continuing graduate education opportunities in law, criminal justice, international and area studies.

Professional Associations

Our students have the opportunity to join several professional organizations on campus to enable them to gain a better understanding of their chosen profession. They are able to attend professional gatherings, discuss their career desires with working professionals, and begin to develop their career network.


Philip Jones Dr. Philip Jones


College of Security & Intelligence

Dr. Jones is a former CIA intelligence analyst and an international security expert with extensive field experience in political and security risk studies and management for corporate clients.

Robert Baker Robert W. Baker


College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Baker served four decades in law enforcement, corporate security and government security positions and is a expert in aviation security.

Richard Bloom Dr. Richard Bloom

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Bloom’s professional experience includes service with the U.S. government as an intelligence operations manager, politic-military planner, and military clinical psychologist.

Murray Henner Murray Henner JD, LLM


College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Global Studies at ERAU since 2002; Adjunct Professor ASU School of Law, Phoenix School of Law, Hofstra University, School of Law

Thomas Field Dr. Thomas Field

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Dr. Field received his Ph.D. in international history in 2011 from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research interests are development and modernization in post-colonial international politics, the Cold War in the Third World, and U.S.-Latin American relations.

Deanna Austin Deanna Austin

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Austin has many years of experience encompassing strategic intelligence, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, HUMINT, and CI/CT analysis.

Geoffrey Jensen Dr. Geoffrey Jensen

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Geoffrey W. Jensen received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas (2010).  His dissertation, “It Cut Both Ways: The Cold War and Civil Rights Reform Within The Military, 1945-1968” details the impact that Cold War propaganda had on the integration of the American Armed Forces.

Thomas Foley Thomas E. Foley D.Jur., CPP, PSP

Associate Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Mr. Tom Foley teaches courses such as Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and Corporate Security Management and Operations.

Jon Haass Dr. Jon Haass

Associate Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Haass has had a distinguished career in academia and industry for the past twenty years. He has published in a number of areas of applied mathematics including large scale computation of complex dynamical systems and topological structure of data.

Karen Meunier Karen Meunier

Assistant Professor

College of Security & Intelligence

Professor Meunier received her degree from Boston University. In addition to her teaching experience, Meunier has extensive experience in the law enforcement field covering street crimes and white collar crimes – government corruption investigations, security and oversight.