NMSU College of Business develops minor in intelligence studies

May 5, 2006 by Jeany Llorente-Ontiveros NMSU News Center

Garrey Carruthers, dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Business, announced today (May 5) the development of a new minor in intelligence studies in the Department of Economics and International Business.

“It’s time that NMSU respond to the need to educate students in all aspects of intelligence gathering and analysis,” Carruthers said. “I have been approached by a number of companies, agencies and students who believe that our university could be a Center of Excellence for intelligence studies.”

“I think this is a great start for setting the ground work not only for future programs in the business college, but also for programs universitywide,” said Executive Vice President and Provost William Flores. “It has tremendous potential and will be a great service to the intelligence community.”

The program, available fall 2006, will cover open source intelligence research that involves using “public access sources to describe and analyze issues important to national policy makers,” said Michael Ellis, department head of economics and international business. Examples of the types of research include archival research, economic analysis, foreign currency flow measurement, international finance studies and economic analysis of weapons production.

Ellis said for years the intelligence community, mostly the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has hired economics students to provide expertise in analytical and empirical economics. The minor will offer students a more focused area of study.

According to the program, students trained in intelligence studies have several employment options once they graduate. The primary employer is the “intelligence community” such as the CIA, but there are private firms around the world who hire students with an intelligence background.

Also in attendance at the announcement were U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and Maj. Gen. Tommy F. Crawford, commander of the Air Force Command and Control, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center.

“I’m extremely excited about the start of the intelligence minor at New Mexico State University,” said Crawford, an NMSU alumnus.

Crawford said an 18-hour minor, which is about a year and a half of work, will provide students the foundation to go into the business and start right away.

“This is an extremely important jumpstart,” he said.

Crawford noted that once he leaves the military he will be visiting the university once a quarter to offer his expertise in the classroom.

The minor will consist of 18 credit hours of course work in English, philosophy, government, economics, management and history. Some classes include Foundations of Intelligence, Advanced Technical and Professional Communication, Border Security Policy, Terrorism, and the History of U.S. Intelligence.

The program has already received an endowment for scholarships from NMSU alumnus Ty Hudson, who works for the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.

For more information call the Department of Economics and International Business at (505) 646-2113 or e-mail econundergrad@business.nmsu.edu.

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