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Government & Public Service: Intelligence & National Security Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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The Intelligence and National Security specialization emphasizes the historical and political context of American Intelligence agencies and operations while providing deeper social, cultural and academic understanding of world regions critical to national and international intelligence communities. This is another of the most targeted and least flexible specializations within the GPSV program.Students in this specialization are prepared for careers in America’s intelligence community and the expanding network of intelligence-related organizations in the United States.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the UA Southwebsite for more information.

Website: http://uas.arizona.edu/government-and-public-service
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Pima
  • UA Sierra Vista

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 3
MATH 112 3
POL 201 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
Government and Public Service Elective 3
Government and Public Service Elective 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
4th Semester
Government and Public Service Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
GPSV 301 3
GPSV 314 3
Specialization Core Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
Specialization Discretionary Course 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Specialization Core Course 3
Specialization Core Course 3
Specialization Discretionary Course 3
Upper Division Minor Course 3
Upper Division Minor Course 3
8th Semester
Specialization Discretionary Course 3
Upper Division Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of oral, writing, and argumentative skills, international law, national security, and intelligence, gained from a major in Government and Public Service with a concentration in Intelligence and National Security, provides graduates a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in law enforcement, national security, citizenship and immigration services, and political activities and services. This major is also excellent preparation for law school or graduate studies in public administration, or business administration. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Editorial/Media
  • Research institutions
  • Customs and border security
  • Consulting and advising
  • Information and data analysis
  • Citizenship and immigration services
  • Infrastructure protection

Sample Employers

  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International nonprofit advocacy organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • U.S. Military
  • Federal, state, and local prisons
  • Intelligence agencies
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Intelligence communities

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Intelligence Analyst $34,319 - $60,877
Federal and State Officials (legislators) $10,000 - $40,630
Political Columnist and Writer $20,710 - $57,750
Political Party Staffer $30,000 - $150,000
Legislative Assistant $30,000 - $45,000
Law Enforcement and Security Officer $19,260 - $96,950
Border Patrol Officer $32,670 - $56,130
Customs and Border Protection Officer $27,000 - $63,000
Border Patrol Search and Rescue Agent $35,000 - $120,000
Government Reform Activist $30,000 - $55,000
Airport Security Personnel $30,440 - $37,090
Security Consultant $30,000 - $100,000
Correctional Officer $22,000 - $54,000
Police Officer and Sheriff $32,670 - $56,130
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent $31,000 - $70,000
Municipal Clerk $15,000 - $150,000
Security Manager $29,920 - $108,780