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Donnelly College has partnered with the University of Kansas to offer an undergraduate certificate program in Intelligence and National Security Studies (INSS). The Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE) Scholars program assists undergraduate students in developing critical skills needed for future work in the intelligence community. 

Beginning fall 2018, courses will be taught remotely by a University of Kansas instructor and facilitated on-site at Donnelly College. 

The undergraduate INSS certificate introduces students to the highly desired skills and competencies necessary to work within the US Intelligence Community. As an ICCAE Scholar, students in the program increase their critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills, which can be applied to any area of study or profession. 

Why Study Intelligence & National Security?

The US Intelligence Community employs people from diverse cultural backgrounds with a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students who gradaute aware of and prepared for intelligence careers, enter the workforce with an edge over other applicants. From military to government agencies, to nonprofit and the coporate sector, ICCAE Scholars increase their career potential in this dynamic field. 

Certificate Coursework & Requirements

To earn the INSS certificate, ICCAE Scholars must (1) complete 12-hours of required INSS courses, and (2) participate in one additional intellgience-related experience:

(1) Required courses: 

POLS 125: Introduction to Intelligence & Statecraft (3 hrs) 
POLS 130: US Intelligence Community (3 hrs) 
POLS 325: Intelligence Analytics (3 hrs) 
POLS 345: Counterintelligence (3 hrs) 

(2) Intelligence community-related experiences:

  • a study abroad semester program
  • participate in 20-hours of campus activities with an INSS focus, such as lectures, workshops and other events  

Apply to become an ICCAE Scholar

In order to be eligible to participate as an ICCAE Scholar, Donnelly students must be: 

  • interested in pursuing a career in the US Intelligence Community 
  • have a current 3.0 (or higher) GPA
  • be a U.S. Citizen, eligible for a security clearance 


     Next steps or questions? Contact: 

     Ana Valdez
     ICCAE Course Facilitator 
     Chairperson of Business and Technology 
     avaldez@donnelly.edu
     (913) 621-8717