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Welcome to The Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies


Reduced to its simplest terms, intelligence is knowledge and foreknowledge of the world around us—the prelude to decision and action by US policymakers.

---Central Intelligence Agency

The 21st century is a time of transformative change, where governments and industries must understand and forecast current and future events in a way unprecedented in human history. The Citadel has dedicated itself to preparing public and private intelligence community professionals to meet the challenges of a changing and uncertain world. With its commitment to ethical leadership as well as excellence in the classroom, The Citadel is uniquely qualified to offer a curriculum in the emerging field of Intelligence and Security Studies. To accomplish these goals, we offer the following programs:

Core teaching faculty in Intelligence and Security Studies hold advanced degrees, have practical experience, and are active scholars. The program also has an extended set of practitioner teachers who provide real world experience for students.

Student clubs, travel opportunities, access to guest speakers and conferences, and the unique Citadel atmosphere create the right educational environment to produce well-rounded, principled leaders at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


2020 Citadel Intelligence Ethics Conference

From February 11-12, 2020, The Department of Intelligence and Security studies will host an inter-disciplinary conference that will examine the legal, ethical, social, economic, historical and political aspects of a western democratic government’s ability to protect its citizens in an era where warfare has no societal or personal boundaries. For more information, click here


2018 Citadel Intelligence & Cybersecurity Conference Highlights

From September 25-26, over three hundred participants took part in the 2018 Citadel Intelligence & Cybersecurity Conference. The conference was held at the Holliday Alumni Center so students, faculty, and staff could benefit from the 18 panels that brought together some of the country’s most acknowledged experts from academe, the US intelligence community (IC), and private industry. Click here to view the highlights of the conference. 



Please direct questions about our program to Dr. Larry Valero, Department Head,

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