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BRISTOL, Tenn., Jan. 21, 2015 –King University has launched a new degree program in
Security and Intelligence Studies (SIS). The SIS major is designed for students who
have a serious interest in working for the government or private sector in any type
of security or intelligence capacity. The major is also designed to provide students
with the strong critical thinking and writing skills they will need if they choose
to go on to graduate school.
This burgeoning field in security and intelligence is relatively new when it comes
to the undergraduate environment. “Currently, King is at the forefront nationally
in offering an undergraduate program of this kind,” said Gail Helt, assistant professor
of Political Science at King University and former analyst with the Central Intelligence
Students who major in Security and Intelligence Studies will have the opportunity
to learn how to think and write like an intelligence officer, to distinguish terrorist
groups around the world, to assess the dynamics surrounding global events, and to
discern reality from fiction when it comes to intelligence, among other issues of
security and intelligence.
“There has been a debate as to whether a program of this nature is strictly vocational
or if it is truly of an academic nature,” Helt commented. “King’s SIS program has
vocational components, but is firmly academic and is rooted in the tradition of the
liberal arts. Intelligence and security agencies like the FBI, CIA, the DEA, and others
tend to seek out those who have a well-rounded understanding of the world as it relates
to matters of security and intelligence. Those who are able to think both critically
and holistically tend to fare better in these types of careers.
“One of the main strengths of King’s SIS program is that it is rooted deeply in the
liberal arts. This provides King’s SIS students with the critical thinking skills
required to adapt easily in the world of security and intelligence,” added Helt.
In 2011, King began offering Security and Intelligence Studies as a minor.
Fields of study at King University which complement the new SIS major include Political
Science, History, and Business – particularly Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management,
and Administration. Other areas of study enhanced by SIS are Neuroscience, Toxicology,
Forensic Science, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, and foreign language.
“One thing that makes our program different is the interdisciplinary aspect of it;
there are so many areas of SIS that connect or overlap with other fields of study.
Students with an interest in a career with a government agency may find it beneficial
to double major in Security and Intelligence Studies alongside their other area of
interest,” said Helt. “One example is if a student has an interest in a career with
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the National Institutes of
Health (NIH), they may choose to double major in SIS and Neuroscience, Biology, or
another area of science.”
The SIS program will encourage internships and international study. Several students
who have minored in SIS have participated in internships within the US government.
Several have also included study abroad educational experiences in locations such
as the South Korea, Israel, and the West Bank.
For more information on King University’s Security and Intelligence program contact
Gail Helt at 423.652.4890 or email@example.com or contact King’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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