Duke University

Students at Duke University who are interested in intelligence and security studies can acquire a solid foundation in the field by taking courses that introduce them to the intelligence mission and to the kind of analytical training that supports this mission.

They are encouraged to become active members of Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy.  As such, they will be expected to take classes on national and international security as well as participate in extracurricular activities and opportunities.  For a full listing of  core and affiliated courses visit the AGS website: Courses.

Listed below are courses currently on the books at Duke which can be described as intelligence focused/intelligence related.

Core Courses – Intelligence Focused

Public Policy 290. The US Intelligence Enterprise.  The course is designed to investigate national security decision-makers (Congress and the Executive branch) have designed and employed the US intelligence apparatus as a key component of national power. Nichols

Public Policy 507. Intelligence in National Security. A seminar examining important problems and concepts dealing with intelligence in the national security context. Nichols.

Intelligence Related  Courses

Public Policy 890-05, Budgeting for Intelligence and Defense. Seminar designed to provide all students with an understanding of the policies, processes, and institutions involved in budgeting for intelligence, defense, and national security in the United States. Brook.

Public Policy 590-12.  Privacy and Government Surveillance. This course explores the legal and policy issues associated with concerns about information privacy in the commercial and government sectors, and in the intersection of these two sectors. Schroeder.

Public Policy 290 and Computer Science 390.  Introduction to Cyber Policy. This interdisciplinary course is open to all undergraduate students and will provide a basic understanding of fundamental of cyber technologies and threats, national and international cyber policies and frameworks, and key topical issues in cyber. Hoffman.

Political Science 476.  World in Your Hand. This course focuses on the simulation of security, peace, and conflict related topics. First half of class provides background and tools needed to create computational, simulation models of political, social, and economic phenomena. Second half provides practical experience with class-chosen group computational modeling project(s) that will be submitted for publication. No prior computer programming experience required or expected, and skills gained in class will translate beyond academia.  Siegel.

National Security and Foreign Policy Classes – intelligence module included.

Pub Pol 502S Contemporary American Foreign Policy Jentleson
Pol Sci 365 Foreign Policy of the United States Feaver
Pol Sci 232 Introduction to Terrorism Siegel
PubPol 237 Research in International Policy Issues Johnson
Pub Pol  590 Privacy, Technology, and National Security Schanzer
Pub Pol 890 Problem Analysis and Ethical Dilemmas – Ethics for Policy Professionals Brooks
Pub Pol 590 The Global Cold War Miles
Pub Pol 302 D Policy Choices as Value Conflict Brands
Pub Pol 890 Contemporary Issues in National Security Taylor

Enrichment:  Students interested in intelligence and security are encouraged to  participate in Duke’s Program in American Grand Strategy, the Alexander Hamilton Society, the National Security Student Group, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security—each has co-curricular offerings (programs and activities) that relate to intelligence and national security. Duke Law students interested in national security should also seek out participation in the Duke Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.