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Undergraduate Certificate Program in National Intelligence

The University of South Florida School of Information is happy to announce it is now home to a federally-funded Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence - IC CAE, and Certificate Program in National Intelligence. This program is funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) through the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The current certificate program has been exceptionally successful, and has had a wonderful impact on the students involved. Through a combination of existing courses across USF, and specialized workshops, seminars, and internship opportunities, students receive a solid intellectual foundation for careers in the intelligence community. USF's Program in National Intelligence organizes an annual trip for select students in the program, as well. This past May the trip involved special visits to the CIA, NSA, White House, and a number of other agencies, and previous years have involved overseas tours of foreign government agencies.

We are fortunate to have two exceptional leaders with extensive experience leading the IC CAE:

  • The Director of the Program in National Intelligence, IC CAE, Mr. Walter Andrusyszyn, has an extensive background in both business and government. Mr. Andrusyszyn earned a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts. He also has a bachelor's degree in history, German, and English from New York University.
  • The Deputy Director of the Program in National Intelligence, IC CAE, Dr. Barbara Bennington. Dr. Bennington completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida, focusing on Organizational Communication. Her dissertation analyzes leadership decision-making and public communication in emerging and unpredictable threat and crisis situations affecting large complex government organizations.

The Certificate Program in National and Competitive Intelligence is designed to promote students' analytical capabilities, not only improving their competitiveness in the employment process, but also giving them solid intellectual foundations for demanding professional careers. The program helps prepare students for careers in government, especially intelligence positions, as well as analytical executive positions in the banking, insurance, and the pharmaceutical industries. It includes workshops and seminars that complement students' major course of study. Those who complete the certificate program should be able to effectively gather, analyze, and evaluate information and present conclusions both orally and in writing.


The requirements for the undergraduate certificate are:

  1.    Minimum of four semesters of instruction in one foreign language, and passing a foreign language proficiency test in the subject matter. Students who are proficient in a foreign language may take a foreign language proficiency examination as administered by the university.
  2.     Satisfactory completion of at least one professional writing course.
  3.     Satisfactory completion of at least one international relations course.
  4.     Satisfactory completion of at least two courses in college/major departments that promote analytic skills and critical thinking.
  5.     Satisfactory completion of a 4-day summer seminar organized by the program director.
  6.    Minimum completion of 24 hours of USF academic credits. 18 hours must be completed on the Tampa campus.

Satisfactory completion = C or better; C- is not sufficient.


Foreign Language Proficiency (Minimum four semesters of language study, or proficiency)

Students must pass an exam administered by the World Languages Department to determine if the student has the equivalent of two years of language instruction in any foreign language. The placement exam will be administered after a student has taken language instruction at USF or for students who claim foreign language proficiency upon enrolling at USF. Those students who want to pursue additional training in a "hard" language (Chinese, Arabic, for example) are eligible for some funding support under this program; interested students should submit a language-study proposal to the director of the program.


Professional Writing (three credit hour minimum) 

The certificate program places a heavy emphasis on developing writing skills. Certificate holders must have satisfactorily completed one of the following professional writing courses:

    • ENC 3242 Technical Communication for Majors
    • ENC 3250 Professional Writing
    • ENC 3310 Expository Writing
    • PHC 4720 Foundations of Professional Writing in Public Health
    • LIS 4930   Technical and Professional Communication for Analysts


International Relations (three credit hour minimum)

Certificate holders must have satisfactorily completed one of the following international relations courses:

    • CPO 2002 Comparative Politics
    • INR 3102 American Foreign Policy
    • CPO 4930 Comparative Politics of Selected Areas


Analytic Skills and Critical Thinking (six credit hour minimum)

Certificate holders must satisfactorily complete courses in their majors/minors that promote analytical skills and critical thinking. The program director, in consultation with the dean of the college or department of a requesting student, can include proposed courses (such as independent study) to fulfill this requirement; course approval will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    • AMH 3342 Globalization and US Culture
    • AMH 3512 U.S. Foreign Relations
    • AMS 4804 Major Ideas: Vietnam War
    • AMS 4935 Senior Seminar in American Studies
    • CEG 4850 Capstone Geotechnical/Transportation Design (BS Civil Engineering)
    • CES 4740 Capstone Structural / Geotechnical / Materials Design (BS Civil Engineering)
    • CIS 4240 Ethical Issues and Professional Conduct (BS Computer Science)
    • CLP 4314 Health Psychology
    • CWR 4812 Capstone Water Resources / Environmental Design (BS Civil Engineering)
    • DEP 4053: Developmental Psychology
    • ECH 4615 Product and Process Design (BS Chemical Engineering and BS Computer Engineering)
    • EEL 4914 Senior Design Project ( BS Electrical Engineering)
    • EIN 4891 Capstone Design (BS Industrial Engineering)
    • EML 4551 Capstone Design (BS Mechanical Engineering)
    • EUH 3206 Twentieth Century Europe
    • EUH 3576 History of the Soviet Union to 1991
    • FIN 3604 International Finance
    • FIN 4414 Advanced Corporation Finance
    • FIN 4443 Financial Policies and Strategies
    • FIN 4504 Principles of Investments
    • GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making (capstone: BS/BA Business Administration)
    • GEY 4647 : Ethical / Legal Issues in Aging
    • HIS 3930 The Middle East HIS 3930 World War I
    • HIS 3930 History of Terrorism
    • HIS 3938 Global History of Communism and Post-Communism
    • HIS 4104 Theory and Methods of History
    • HIS 4936 Special Topics in History
    • HSC 46341 Critical Issues in Public Health
    • INR 3011 Globalization
    • INR 3018 World Ideologies
    • INR 3038 International Wealth/Power
    • INR 3102 American Foreign Policy
    • INR 3202 International Human Rights
    • INR 4083 Conflict in the World
    • INR 4900 Directed Readings
    • INR 4910 Directed Research
    • INR 4931 Selected Topics: East Asian Politics
    • LAH 3200 Modern Latin America
    • LAH 3430 History of Mexico
    • LAH 3470 History of the Caribbean
    • LAH 3480 History of Cuba
    • MAN 4631 Global Perspectives (BA, International Business, Business Administration)
    • MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication
    • POS 3713 Empirical Polit Analysis
    • POT 4064 Contemp Political Thought
    • POT 4936 Environmental/Political Thought
    • SVP 3000 Social Psychology
    • SVP 4510 Sociological Aspects of Deviance
    • SVP 4250 Drugs and Society
    • SVP 4420 Consumer Culture
    • SYA 4930: Environment and Society
    • SYA 4935: Senior Seminar
    • SYD 4410: Urban Sociology
    • SYO 4250: Sociology of Education


Workshops and Seminars (two credit hour minimum)

The program director will conduct workshops (one day) and seminars (4 consecutive days during the summer break). Students pursuing a certificate must participate in one workshop prior to registering for a seminar. The workshops will be conducted frequently during the academic year and the four-day seminar will be offered during the summer months (ideally, one in June, one in July and one in August). Satisfactory completion of the seminar constitutes a two credit course. The seminars may be repeated for credit.