The Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree program blends academic and professional studies to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become future leaders in intelligence, security and law enforcement.  

Bachelor of Science in
Global Security and Intelligence Studies

Students in the Global Security and Intelligence Studies Lab

The Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree program blends academic and professional studies to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become future leaders in intelligence, security and law enforcement. In advanced facilities designed to enhance the learning process, the program provides students with a sound foundation in the liberal arts, including foreign languages and cultures, international law, foreign policy and other essential topics. Students choose one of three tracks: the standard track, the Chinese track, or Security Operations Management track.

The Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies degree is housed in the College of Security & Intelligence.

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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Degree Requirements

The GSIS program consists of seven interrelated components: general education, a GSIS core, area of concentration, electives, foreign languages, senior project, and an optional co-op or study-abroad experience.

The general education requirement provides the fundamentals in the sciences, mathematics, the social sciences and liberal arts, oral and written communication, and computer operations and applications.

The science requirement deepens the student’s knowledge and understanding of science and technology, key areas for the security/intelligence student.

Together, the GSIS core is a multidisciplinary array of courses that brings a number of fields to the study of security and intelligence, including geography, forensic science, law, economics, psychology, government and foreign policy, and the history of intelligence.

The GSIS core and the designated electives are designed to demonstrate the ways in which societies and cultures, economies, systems of thought, military developments, and environmental concerns are shaping the international system.

In the senior year, the GSIS major will select one of four areas of concentration: Pre-Law and Government, Intelligence, Criminal Justice and Security, or Security and Intelligence. Each area of concentration contains at least five courses, allowing the student to gain a deeper understanding in a more specialized field. The fourth option for the area of concentration, Security and Intelligence, is to choose a total of five courses from both the Intelligence and the Criminal Justice and Security areas of concentration, two from one and three from the other.

GSIS students are required to complete a senior project prior to graduation. The options include a senior thesis (SIS 475), a senior internship that includes a research paper (SIS 470), or a semester-long capstone course that includes a simulated intelligence and security scenario using the GSIS Operations Center (SIS 415). The senior internship is designed to provide the students with practical experience and increase their employment opportunities. The capstone scenario will enable the student to demonstrate his or her knowledge and understanding gained in the GSIS Program in a simulated crisis situation in a real-world environment. The thesis will encompass significant research into a topic relevant to security and intelligence studies and provide original recommendations and conclusions.

The GSIS program encourages students to gain international experience through travel or study abroad. It promotes a strong grounding in history, a capacity for critical thinking, good writing and communication skills, and, in the selection of designated and open electives, a knowledge and appreciation of the arts and humanities.

Because knowledge of a second language, or multiple languages, is an essential skill for the intelligence and security professional today, GSIS students must meet a foreign language requirement.

The Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies (GSIS) requires successful completion of a minimum of 122 credit hours.

Three Degree Tracks

The GSIS degree program provides the student with three curricular tracks: the Standard track, the Security Operations Management track, and the Chinese track.

Students who take the Standard track are required to demonstrate oral and reading competency in a language other than English, or by taking 12 credits of college-level foreign language courses in one language.

The Security Operations and Management track is geared toward those interested in a career in security and protection; either in private industry or with a governmental security and intelligence agency. Course requirements for this track include 12 hours of foreign language, general education courses, GSIS core classes, and 33 credits in specialty courses.

Students who take the Chinese track will take the same subject area courses and the same number of credits as those in the Standard or Security Operations Management tracks. The overall difference is that, in the Chinese track, students will take 45 credits in courses that will be entirely in Chinese or have a significant Chinese component with supplementary reading and writing assignments in English, rather than the 12 credits in a foreign language required by the other two tracks. The Chinese track is not open to native speakers of Chinese. The 45 credits include the 12 required foreign language credits for the Standard track, the nine credits in the Chinese Minor, and 24 additional credits that will be offered by teaching content courses in Mandarin Chinese with supplementary reading and writing assignments in English. Study abroad in the summer of the sophomore year is required for Chinese track students.

Standard Track

General Education38
Standard Track Core Courses36
Foreign Language12
Designated Electives9
Area of Concentration15
Open Electives9
Senior Project3
Total Credits122

General Education

BIO 104Foundations of Biology I4
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 223Intelligence Writing3
HU 14XHumanities & Arts3
CI 119Introduction to Cyber Security3
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
or MA 140 College Algebra
MA 222Business Statistics3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4
SS 110World History3
Upper-level HU/RS/SS elective)3
Total Credits38

Standard Track Core Courses

BA 201Principles of Management3
EC 210Microeconomics3
or EC 211 Macroeconomics
PSY 313Personality and Profiling3
or PSY 306 Deceptions
SIS 100Introduction to Global Security3
SIS 200Introduction to the U.S. Legal System3
or SS 290 History of Modern Europe
SIS 210Security Fundamentals3
SIS 315Studies in Global Intelligence I3
SS 120U.S. History3
SS 204Introduction to Geography3
SS 320Government of the U.S.3
SS 327International Relations3
SS 340U.S. Foreign Policy3
Total Credits36

Foreign Language Requirement

A minimum of 12 credits of foreign language are required for degree completion. All courses must be in the same language.*

Foreign Language *12
Total Credits12

Designated Electives

Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours by selecting from upper-level SIS, SS, RS or HU courses or from the courses specified below with approval of their faculty advisor or the GSIS program chair:

Select a minimum of three of the following:9
AS 220
Unmanned Aircraft Systems
BA 329
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
EC 210
Microeconomics
EC 211
Macroeconomics
SS 260
Cultural Anthropology
Total Credits9

Areas of Concentration (AOC)

Choose one of these Areas of Concentration or select two courses from one and three courses from the other for a joint AOC in Security and Intelligence.

Intelligence

Select five of the following:15
SIS 317
Political Change, Revolution, and War
SIS 323
Intelligence and Technology
SIS 328
Intelligence Analysis, Writing, and Briefing
SIS 335
Counter-Intelligence
SIS 400
International Security and Globalization
SIS 405
Environment and Security
SIS 418
Islam: Origins, History, and Role in the Modern World
Upper-level SIS course as approved by Program Chair
Total Credits15

Criminal Justice and Security

Select five of the following:15
SIS 312
Global Crime and International Justice Systems
SIS 414
Government and Corporate Security Management
SIS 420
Aviation Security and Technology
SIS 422
Homeland Security and Technology
SIS 425
Information Protection and Computer Security
SIS 430
Emergency Management and Contingency Planning
Upper-level SIS course as approved by Program Chair
Total Credits15

Pre-Law and Government

BA 390Business Law3
SIS 312Global Crime and International Justice Systems3
SIS 416Middle Eastern Comparative Law3
SIS 421History and Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence3
SS 410International Human Rights3
Total Credits15

Security and Intelligence

Choose 5 Courses from the Intelligence and Criminal Justice and Security AOCs15
Total Credits15

Senior Project

Students must complete one of the following as their senior project:3
SIS 415
GSIS Senior Capstone Course
SIS 470
Senior Cooperative Internship
SIS 475
Senior Thesis
Total Credits3
Standard Track Total Credits122

Suggested Program of Study

Standard Track

Freshman Year
Credits
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
HU 14X Lower-Level Humanities 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
or MA 140
College Algebra
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SIS 100 Introduction to Global Security 3
SS 110 World History 3
Open elective 3
 Credits Subtotal31
Sophomore Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 223 Intelligence Writing 3
Foreign Language I & II 6
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
or SS 290
History of Modern Europe
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
SS 120 U.S. History 3
SS 204 Introduction to Geography 3
 Credits Subtotal31
Junior Year
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
or EC 211
Macroeconomics
Foreign Language III & IV 6
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
SS 327 International Relations 3
AOC courses 6
Designated Electives 3
Open elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30
Senior Year
PSY 313 Personality and Profiling 3
or PSY 306
Deceptions
SIS 415 GSIS Senior Capstone Course 3
or SIS 470
Senior Cooperative Internship
or SIS 475
Senior Thesis
SS 340 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
AOC courses 9
Designated Electives 6
Open Electives 3
Upper-level HU/RS/SS electives 3
 Credits Subtotal30
 Credits Total 122

Security Operations Management Track

General Education38
Security Operations Core Courses36
Foreign Language 12
Security Operations Mgmt Specialty Courses33
Senior Project3
Total Credits122

General Education

BIO 104Foundations of Biology I4
CI 119Introduction to Cyber Security3
COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 223Intelligence Writing3
HU 14XHumanities & Arts3
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
or MA 140 College Algebra
MA 222Business Statistics3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4
SS 110World History3
Upper-level HU/RS/SS elective)3
Total Credits38

Security Operations Management Track Core Courses

BA 201Principles of Management3
EC 210Microeconomics3
or EC 211 Macroeconomics
PSY 313Personality and Profiling3
or PSY 306 Deceptions
SIS 100Introduction to Global Security3
SIS 200Introduction to the U.S. Legal System3
or SS 290 History of Modern Europe
SIS 210Security Fundamentals3
SIS 315Studies in Global Intelligence I3
SS 120U.S. History3
SS 204Introduction to Geography3
SS 320Government of the U.S.3
SS 327International Relations3
SS 340U.S. Foreign Policy3
Total Credits36

Foreign Language Requirement

A minimum of twelve credits of foreign language are required for degree completion. All courses must be in the same language.*

Foreign Language *12
Total Credits12

Security Operations Specialty Courses

BA 308Public Administration3
or SIS Upper Level
BA 309Government Acquisitions and Contracting3
BA 329Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination3
or SIS Upper Level
CS 213Introduction to Computer Networks3
CS 304Introduction to Computer Forensics3
SIS 335Counter-Intelligence3
SIS 342Interview Techniques & Tactics3
SIS 414Government and Corporate Security Management3
SIS 422Homeland Security and Technology3
SIS 425Information Protection and Computer Security3
SIS 426Physical Security and Facility Design3
Total Credits33

Senior Project

Students must complete one of the following as their senior project:3
SIS 440
Security Operations Management Practicum
SIS 470
Senior Cooperative Internship **
Total Credits3
Security Operations Management Track Total Credits122

Suggested Program of Study

Security Operations Management Track

Freshman Year
Credits
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
CI 119 Introduction to Cyber Security 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
HU 14X lower-level Humanities 3
MA 120 Quantitative Methods I 3
or MA 140
College Algebra
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SIS 100 Introduction to Global Security 3
SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science 4
SS 110 World History 3
 Credits Subtotal29
Sophomore Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 223 Intelligence Writing 3
EC 210 Microeconomics 3
or EC 211
Macroeconomics
Foreign Language I & II 6
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
or SS 290
History of Modern Europe
SIS 210 Security Fundamentals 3
SS 120 U.S. History 3
SS 204 Introduction to Geography 3
 Credits Subtotal33
Junior Year
BA 308 Public Administration 3
or SIS Upper Level
CS 213 Introduction to Computer Networks 3
Foreign Language (III &IV) 6
PSY 313 Personality and Profiling 3
or PSY 306
Deceptions
SIS 315 Studies in Global Intelligence I 3
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
SS 327 International Relations 3
SS 340 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
Upper-level HU/RS/SS elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30
Senior Year
BA 309 Government Acquisitions and Contracting 3
BA 329 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination 3
or SIS Upper Level
CS 304 Introduction to Computer Forensics 3
SIS 335 Counter-Intelligence 3
SIS 342 Interview Techniques & Tactics 3
SIS 414 Government and Corporate Security Management 3
SIS 422 Homeland Security and Technology 3
SIS 425 Information Protection and Computer Security 3
SIS 426 Physical Security and Facility Design 3
SIS 440 Security Operations Management Practicum **3
or SIS 470
Senior Cooperative Internship
 Credits Subtotal30
 Credits Total 122

Chinese Track

General Education38
Chinese Core Courses36
Foreign Language Requirement (See below) Chinese Specialty Courses27
Area of Concentration15
Designated Elective - CI 1193
Senior Project3
Total Credits122

General Education

BIO 104Foundations of Biology I4
COM 122English Composition3
COM 223Intelligence Writing3
LCH 206Contemporary Chinese Literature3
LCH 208Speech in Chinese3
LCH 209Computer Communication and Applications in Chinese3
LCH 306Asian Literature3
LCH 400Eastern and Western Civilization3
MA 120Quantitative Methods I3
or MA 140 College Algebra
MA 222Business Statistics3
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
SIS 220Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science4
Total Credits38

Chinese Track Core Courses

BA 201Principles of Management3
EC 210Microeconomics3
or EC 211 Macroeconomics
LCH 207Introduction to Geography3
PSY 313Personality and Profiling3
or PSY 306 Deceptions
SIS 100Introduction to Global Security3
SIS 200Introduction to the U.S. Legal System3
or SS 290 History of Modern Europe
SIS 210Security Fundamentals3
SIS 315Studies in Global Intelligence I3
SS 120U.S. History3
SS 320Government of the U.S.3
SS 327International Relations3
SS 340U.S. Foreign Policy3
Total Credits36

Foreign Language Requirement

Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits of course work in Chinese. These course are scattered throughout the General Education, Core and Specialty course sections.

Chinese Track Specialty Courses

LCH 103Chinese I and II6
LCH 203Chinese III and IV6
LCH 205Modern Chinese Films3
LCH 303Intermediate Chinese I and II6
LCH 402Cross-Cultural Communications3
LCH 4XXSenior Review3
Total Credits27

Area of Concentration (AOC)

Students must select one Area of Concentration from the AOC choices listed above in the GSIS Standard Track. The options are Intelligence, Criminal Justice and Security, Pre-Law and Government or Security and Intelligence.

Area of Concentration15
Total Credits15

Designated Elective

CI 119Introduction to Cyber Security3
Total Credits3

Senior Project

Students must complete one of the following:3
SIS 415
GSIS Senior Capstone Course
SIS 470
Senior Cooperative Internship **
SIS 475
Senior Thesis
Total Credits3
Chinese Track Total Credits122

Suggested Program of Study

Students in the Chinese Track must meet with their advisor each semester to discuss their study plan and are required to complete a Study Abroad session the summer after their sophomore year

General GSIS Program Notes

*

Non-Chinese track GSIS students may meet the foreign language requirement in several ways:

  • Complete 12 credit hours of one foreign language at ERAU
  • Transfer 12 credit hours of one foreign language from another accredited institution of higher education
  • Transfer less than 12 credit hours of one foreign language from another accredited institution of higher education and complete the remaining credit hours in the same language at ERAU with the language instructor’s approval
  • Take an approved national foreign language examination such as those offered by Brigham Young Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) Examination, DOD Defense Language Proficiency Tests, or AP Advanced Placement Tests and apply for Advanced Standing
  • Take a Course Equivalency Examination and receive credit for one or all of the equivalent language courses with the language instructor’s and the appropriate department chairperson’s approval

Students should contact Dr. Leeann Chen, the GSIS Program Language Coordinator, with any questions.

**

Senior Cooperative Internship must be with a federal, state, or local law enforcement or intelligence organizations or a corporate security organization and must be approved by the Program Chair.

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