The Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI) is a fourth-year program that affords students who have completed three years or equivalent credits (80 semester hours minimum) of undergraduate study a way to earn their undergraduate degree in intelligence. It is designed to encourage the development of inquiring, responsible graduates who will dedicate themselves to the improvement of the national intelligence community.
The BSI curriculum consists of core and elective courses to include a capstone project where students work as a class to produce high-quality intelligence briefings and studies on a given intelligence problem. The core curriculum provides an overview of globalization and the intelligence landscape. Such understanding is essential for a program founded on the premise that world events can only be understood by employing a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and that they must be understood in a global and geostrategic context.
Students in the BSI program must write and present their ideas effectively, learn independently, use technological tools, retrieve information and evaluate sources, develop critical, independent, creative thinking, and tolerate complexity and ambiguity. Students will develop a respect for self and others in collaborative work.
At the conclusion of the program, the capstone project allows each student to demonstrate critical thinking and innovative analytical problem solving in a collaborative environment. The project is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes established for the BSI program. The nine-credit experience integrates learning from the core and elective courses, and requires the application of that learning to a significant intelligence problem. Throughout the BSI program, student formative outcomes are assessed by examination, case studies, written projects, and oral presentations. The capstone project serves as a summative evaluation of student learning, and cultivates alliances and cooperation among faculty and students. To ensure that students are prepared as a group to collaborate on the capstone project, some elective courses will be required to prepare for the project. Each year, a faculty team will determine the intelligence issue for the project (e.g. Hezbollah, Iran, Afghanistan), and work as a team with the students throughout the project.
Like the MSSI program, the BSI program is organized into tracks that are representative of the IC representation in the overall class. The BSI students also complete their class work and research in material classified up to the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information level.