National & Competitive Intelligence
The Certificate Program in National and Competitive Intelligence is designed to promote students' analytical capabilities, not only improving their competitiveness in the employment process, but also giving them solid intellectual foundations for demanding professional careers. The program helps prepare students for careers in government, especially intelligence positions, as well as analytical executive positions in the banking, insurance, and the pharmaceutical industries. It includes workshops and seminars that complement students' major course of study. Those who complete the certificate program should be able to effectively gather, analyze, and evaluate information and present conclusions both orally and in writing.
The requirements for the undergraduate certificate are:
- Minimum of four semesters of instruction in one foreign language, and passing a foreign language proficiency test in the subject matter. Students who are proficient in a foreign language may take a foreign language proficiency examination as administered by the university.
- Satisfactory completion of at least one professional writing course.
- Satisfactory completion of at least one international relations course.
- Satisfactory completion of at least two courses in college/major departments that promote analytic skills and critical thinking.
- Satisfactory completion of a 4-day summer seminar organized by the program director.
- Minimum completion of 24 credits. 18 hours must be completed on the Tampa campus.
Satisfactory completion = C or better; C- is not sufficient.
Foreign Language Proficiency (Minimum four semesters of language study, or proficiency)
Students must pass an exam administered by the World Languages Department to determine if the student has the equivalent of two years of language instruction in any foreign language. The placement exam will be administered after a student has taken language instruction at USF or for students who claim foreign language proficiency upon enrolling at USF. Those students who want to pursue additional training in a "hard" language (Chinese, Arabic, for example) are eligible for some funding support under this program; interested students should submit a language-study proposal to the director of the program.
Professional Writing (three credit hour minimum)
The certificate program places a heavy emphasis on developing writing skills. Certificate holders must have satisfactorily completed one of the following professional writing courses:
- ENC 3242 Technical Communication for Majors
- ENC 3250 Professional Writing
- ENC 3310 Expository Writing
- PHC 4720 Foundations of Professional Writing in Public Health
International Relations (three credit hour minimum)
Certificate holders must have satisfactorily completed one of the following international relations courses:
- CPO 2002 Comparative Politics
- INR 3102 American Foreign Policy
- CPO 4930 Comparative Politics of Selected Areas
Analytic Skills and Critical Thinking (six credit hour minimum)
Certificate holders must satisfactorily complete courses in their majors/minors that promote analytical skills and critical thinking. The program director, in consultation with the dean of the college or department of a requesting student, can include proposed courses (such as independent study) to fulfill this requirement; course approval will be made on a case-by-case basis.
- AMS 4804 Major Ideas: Vietnam War
- AMS 4935 Senior Seminar in American Studies
- CEG 4850 Capstone Geotechnical/Transportation Design (BS Civil Engineering)
- CES 4740 Capstone Structural / Geotechnical / Materials Design (BS Civil Engineering)
- CIS 4240 Ethical Issues and Professional Conduct (BS Computer Science)
- CWR 4812 Capstone Water Resources / Environmental Design (BS Civil Engineering)
- ECH 4615 Product and Process Design (BS Chemical Engineering and BS Computer Engineering)
- EEL 4914 Senior Design Project ( BS Electrical Engineering)
- EIN 4891 Capstone Design (BS Industrial Engineering)
- EML 4551 Capstone Design (BS Mechanical Engineering)
- FIN 3604 International Finance
- FIN 4414 Advanced Corporation Finance
- FIN 4443 Financial Policies and Strategies
- FIN 4504 Principles of Investments
- GEB 4890 Strategic Management and Decision Making (capstone: BS/BA Business Administration)
- HIS 3930 History of Terrorism
- HIS 4936 Special Topics in History
- HSC 46341 Critical Issues in Public Health
- INR 3011 Globalization
- INR 3018 World Ideologies
- INR 3038 International Wealth/Power
- INR 3102 American Foreign Policy
- INR 3202 International Human Rights
- INR 4083 Conflict in the World
- INR 4900 Directed Readings
- INR 4910 Directed Research
- INR 4931 Selected Topics: East Asian Politics
- MAN 4631 Global Perspectives (BA, International Business, Business Administration)
- MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication
- POS 3713 Empirical Polit Analysis
- POT 4064 Contemp Political Thought
- POT 4936 Environmental/Political Thought
Workshops and Seminars (two credit hour minimum)
The program director will conduct workshops (one day) and seminars (4 consecutive days during the summer break). Students pursuing a certificate must participate in one workshop prior to registering for a seminar. The workshops will be conducted frequently during the academic year and the four-day seminar will be offered during the summer months (ideally, one in June, one in July and one in August). Satisfactory completion of the seminar constitutes a two credit course. The seminars may be repeated for credit.
Contact Walter Adrusyszyn for more information.