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Founded in 2008, the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS) prepares students for careers in national security. The Center offers two minors—Intelligence Security Studies (ISS) and Global Security Studies (GSS)—to help students prepare for careers in the national security sector. The Center’s curriculum emphasizes the professional and practical skills needed to succeed in careers in national security such as writing and briefing for policy making and working in collaborative teams. The underlying objective of these minors is to prepare students to enter the national security workforce ready to contribute to the mission.

CISS offers many opportunities for students admitted to the cohort, including participation in international intelligence and national security conferences, and visits to agencies in Washington, D.C. Bringing security experts to campus, the Center regularly host visits from senior speakers from across the U.S. Government as well as recruiters from the IC. Finally, in our annual Days of Intrigue, a weekend-long simulated national security crises, students apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.