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Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. intelligence agencies sought ways to improve the critical task of analysis.
As part of this effort, The University of Mississippi School of Applied Sciences created the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS). CISS trains students for careers in intelligence analysis and provides educational and scholarly resources to the national Intelligence Community (IC).
Dr. Carl Jensen serves as Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. For over twenty years, he worked as a special agent for the FBI before joining the faculty of the School of Applied Sciences Department of Legal Studies. Additionally, Dr. Jensen works as a Behavioral Scientist and Policy Analyst for RAND Corporation. His articles have appeared in numerous academic and professional publications.
The ISS Minor is designed to prepare outstanding students at the University of Mississippi for entry-level positions in the United States Intelligence Community. In many respects, the ISS minor is unique. In particular:
Core competencies such as engineering, critical language (e.g., Arabic, Chinese), computer and physical science, international relations, and business are highly sought after by the Intelligence Community, and students in such programs are strongly encouraged to apply to the minor. However, outstanding students from any discipline may apply for the ISS Minor.