CISS officially at home at Ole Miss

The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, which began operation last fall at The University of Mississippi, has a new home.

Retired UM Chancellor Robert Khayat was joined by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker at the ceremony formally opening the center’s new home in the former athletics department building, west of the Turner Center at 620 All-American Drive.

“The University of Mississippi is well-known in our nation’s defense and intelligence communities because of the school’s strong foreign language and international studies programs,” Wicker said. “The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies definitely strengthens those credentials. Through this program, Ole Miss is better positioned to continue graduating students with the skills our intelligence agencies need to keep our country secure.”

The center is led by Carl Jensen, assistant professor of Applied Sciences and former special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Students enrolling in the center’s program can pursue a minor in intelligence and security studies, and the center has supported a new intensive Arabic language program in the Department of Modern Languages, the only Arabic program in the state of Mississippi.

In March, the center selected its first cohort of 17 students to complete the minor. The selected students have an average GPA of 3.69, a number comparable to the average GPA for entrance to the UM School of Medicine. The students come from all over campus, including the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Croft Institute for International Studies.