The Criminal Intelligence Analysis prepares students for successful careers in the data-driven, evidence-based field of criminal justice. Criminal intelligence involves the analysis and presentation of crime data with the intent of guiding decision making and public policy. Quantitative and qualitative, evidence pertaining to crime is a significant component of the modern criminal justice professional’s job. Locating, assessing, analyzing, and presenting data; using technology effectively; and employing critical thinking skills thus emerge as vital skills for graduates of contemporary criminal justice and related higher education programs. A series of hands-on courses prepare students to use social networking, geospatial, and other data analysis tools.
Offered both on ground and online, the Criminal Intelligence Analysis is designed to produce cohorts of students qualified to work as crime analysts and hold similar intelligence analysis positions in local, state, regional, national, and international public and private agencies. Like the other Justice Studies majors, Criminal Intelligence Analysis students will complete a rigorous capstone type experience through their CRJ 461 - Proseminar in Justice Studies (3) and CRJ 470 - Criminal Justice - Internship (3 to 6) before graduation.
Total credit hours required for degree: 121
Successful graduates from this program will be able to:
- Chart the history and context of crime analysis within the field of criminal justice, including how crime analysis is linked to criminal justice operations and which agencies are involved in the U.S. intelligence community.
- Apply criminological theories to the explanation and prediction of past, present, and potential future criminal activity.
- Identify and locate relevant and credible information using multiple collection platforms: human, signals, geospatial, financial, measurement and signatures, and open-source.
- Manipulate and analyze data using multiple collection platforms and a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches for tactical, strategic, operational, and administrative purposes.
- Distinguish between and critically evaluate defensive and offensive counterintelligence tactics for protecting information and intelligence.
- Outline and describe strategies for intelligence management, particularly how to organize and process information and how to store intelligence.
- Enumerate and discuss relevant ethical and legal regulations pertaining to the use of information and intelligence in criminal justice contexts.
- Produce accurate, clear, and concise intelligence written and oral reports that recommend actionable steps based on collection and analysis of relevant information.