Intelligence Analysis

A 4-course sequence in the area of Intelligence Analysis prepares students to protect national security and national interests abroad by developing skills related to federal and law enforcement strategies.

As part of these courses, real-world examples are used to frame the content and application of classes. Practice and application of methods and tools used for intelligence analysis are integrated into courses. (12-16 Hours)

Why choose the Intelligence Analysis Certificate Program?

Do you like technology? Do you have an interest in intelligence gathering and operations? Would you like a good paying job where you can make a difference and protect the country at the same time? If you answered yes, then the Intelligence Analysis Program will provide you with a solid foundation to begin preparing for a career in that field.

Prepare for careers in the Department of Defense (DOD) and the intelligence community (IC) and within Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. Careers include Intelligence Operations, Intelligence Analysis (in multiple disciplines), Federal Disaster Agencies (FEMA), sworn field agents, State and Local Law Enforcement Officers. An example of some agencies that students can expect to find employment in are the FBI, DEA, NSA, CIA, DIA, ATF, DHS, NGA and DOD.

Job Outlook and Industry Highlights:

Individuals with the skills learned in this course will have a solid analytical foundation and be on their way to finding employment in many different areas of the intelligence community, from local and State Law Enforcement to military contracting or Government civilians working within the Federal agencies previously mentioned.

Program Overview:

Understand and execute multiple disciplines in the Intelligence Community with an emphasis on Signals Intelligence. Learn current intelligence methods and asymmetric techniques used within the Federal, State, and Local Intelligence Communities. Gain experience in interpreting intelligence reports and counter intelligence tactics and learn the proper application of Operational Security. National priority target sets and real-life intelligence gathering scenarios are included in the analyst certificate program. Instruction and practical exercises will focus on a wide variety of military and law enforcement target sets. Students will be exposed to several analytical tools, techniques, and products which are currently being used in the Federal, State and local intelligence community.

Certificate of Completion from the Intelligence Analysis Program will be awarded upon successful completion of the program. The following topics will be studied:

  • Operational Security
  • Intelligence Process
  • Cyber Threats
  • Target Area Assessment
  • Basic Intelligence Analysis Techniques
  • Human Intelligence Fundamentals (HUMINT)
  • Signals Intelligence Fundamentals (SIGINT)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Fundamentals (GEOINT)
  • Open Source Intelligence Fundamentals (OSINT)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Strategies
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Strategies
  • National Security Agency (NSA) Strategies
  • National Geospatial Agency (NGA) Intelligence Strategies
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Strategies
  • United States’ Military Intelligence Strategies


  • Explain relationships of intelligence-related organizations that work within the signals intelligence arena
  • Define professional concepts, including intelligence, intelligence analysis, geospatial analysis, and social network analysis
  • Develop comprehensive plans to include thread identification and prioritization 
  • Describe the intelligence cycle

Critical Thinking

  • Analyze scenarios based on data protocols, using data analysis strategies and techniques to frame analysis and reports
  • Collect, research, and analyze data
  • Evaluate significance and reliability of data


  • Create written and analytical reports for clients
  • Use technology to facilitate communication, analysis, and reporting


  • Analyze ethical issues in intelligence analysis
  • Identify ethical issues related to intelligence analysis in an organization
  • Articulate the responsibilities of an intelligence analysis professional

Project Management

  • Employ effective project management skills to develop an analysis plan, as well as monitor and track work products
  • Work as part of a team in the intelligence analysis and information dissemination process
  • Courses


EME 3003 Open Source Intelligence (3)

Provides students with an academic and practical understanding of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and its applications. Students will learn about Open Source Intelligence as a discipline, its place in the intelligence world, and OSINT planning and execution. Students will become familiar with OSINT acquisition and exploitation techniques by developing an understanding of available technological tools and capabilities.

EME 3002 Intelligence and National Security (3)

Students will develop an academic understanding of national security and the government agencies that are responsible for protecting the United States and its interests. Students will learn about the intelligence cycle, national security decision making, and the intelligence community and review case studies of intelligence in action. Students will also become familiar with analytic writing and intelligence analysis through case studies and weekly assignments of current national security news.

EME 4474 Technical Intelligence Collection (3)

Introduces students to intelligence disciplines (ELINT, SIGINT, MASINT, GEOINT) and intelligence organizations (NSA, NGA, NRO and DIA). Students will examine the history of these organizations, technologies used in each intelligence discipline, and common uses of each technology. The course focuses on improving analytical writing and research skills in the intelligence discipline.

EME 4001 HUMINT Operations (3)

Students will learn the importance of human originated information, or HUMINT, in the context of law enforcement, military and intelligence operations. Students will learn about interview, interrogation and elicitation techniques that are employed within the law enforcement and national security communities. Students will be able to recognize and describe the difference between overt and clandestine source operations and when HUMINT should and should not be utilized in the pursuit of legal or national security priorities. Students will also be able to assess basic psychological indicators in the profiling of historic espionage cases and their impact on national security.

Recommended Option:

Geographic Information Science Courses (4)

Students interested in this option should contact 850-474-3083 or

How to Register

If you are already a degree- or non-degree seeking student at UWF:
  • Register for EME3002 or EME3003 via UWF's normal student registration process in MyUWF. The course section is not permission-coded, so you can register yourself.
If you are not currently a UWF student:
  • Apply to UWF as a non-degree seeking student.
    • There is no application fee.
    • Once your application is reviewed and approved by Admissions (1-3 working days), you will receive an email from Admissions that includes your new UWF ID number.
  • Go to MyUWF and activate your university account.
  • Once accepted as a non-degree seeking student and the immunization requirements are met, register yourself for EME3991, Introduction to Intelligence Analysis via MyUWF.
  • Pay the course tuition before the start date. Payment is made via the University's normal tuition payment process through the Cashier's office.

If you run into problems with this registration, please contact Genene Poppell at for assistance.