Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


National and Competitive Intelligence

24 Credit Hours

Muma College of Business


Certificate Description

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 specifically helps prepare students for careers in government, especially intelligence positions, as well as analytical executive positions in the banking, insurance, and the pharmaceutical industries. The flexible program includes workshops and seminars which each student can fit with his or her 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.

Total Certificate Hours - 24 Hours

Core Courses - 14 Hours

Foreign Language Proficiency: (minimum 4 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: (3 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 Foundation to Professional Writing in Public Health

International Relations: (3 credit hour minimum):
Certificate holders must have satisfactorily completed one of the following international relations courses:

  • CPO 2002 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • INR 3102 American Foreign Policy
  • CPO 4930 Comparative Government and Politics of Select Areas

Analytical Skills and Critical Thinking Courses: (6 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. The Analytical Skills and Critical Thinking requirement should be met by taking the appropriate courses for your major.

Workshops and Seminars: (2 credit hour minimum):
The Program Director will conduct workshops (one-day) and seminars (four 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 2-credit course. The seminars may be repeated for credit.

Additional Certificate Requirements

The requirements for the undergraduate certificate are:
  • Minimum of four (4) 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
  • Only degree-seeking undergraduate students may apply for this certificate.

Grade Requirement

Satisfactory completion of all coursework for the certificate with a grade of C or better, C- is not sufficient.

Residency Requirement

18 hours must be completed on the Tampa campus.

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