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Course Details

Course Code: INTL498 Course ID: 3218 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

The Senior Seminar in Intelligence Studies is required for all majors. This capstone experience for Intelligence Studies majors will review and integrate their academic coursework, strengthen their understanding of intelligence research methodologies, and relate their academic preparation to their post-graduation goals. Students will conduct original research and present their findings to the class in written and e-portfolio formats. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Evaluate ethical challenges across the intelligence discipline.

CO-2: Articulate key lessons learned in intelligence analysis as a result of key events.

CO-3: Assess the appropriate analytic method(s) that best apply to a variety of intelligence problems.

CO-4: Evaluate the role of strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence in threat management and reduction in the context of national security policymaking at the White House, NSC, Department of Defense, Congress, and other decision-makers.

CO-5: Analyze a topic of interest in your field of concentration.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussion Forums – 20 percent

There are four graded discussion boards in this course and several ungraded discussion forums, a discussion prompt is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Mid-Term –30 percent

Analytic project to assess your ability to set up a problem, identify your needs, and solve the problem using a structured method. You will be given a series of questions and you will be expected to respond to four of them.

Final Research Paper – 50 percent

Your major project for this course is a 15-20 page research paper. You will be able to develop a topic based on your area of concentration or area of interest. In this paper you must develop a research question, assess that question and provide viable conclusions based on the research you will have carried out.

Required Course Textbooks


The following book is recommended:

Turabian, Kate L. 2014. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 8th ed. The University of Chicago Press.

Required Readings

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, external websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
  • Various resources from the APUS Library are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Various resources from the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.