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UC Offers New Bachelor's in Criminal Intelligence Analysis

Data-Driven, Evidence-Based Field is Future of Law Enforcement

Written by: Kelsey Carlo '18, PR Intern

Beginning in January 2018, Utica College will offer a new program of study in Criminal Intelligence Analysis (CIA) to prepare students for successful careers in data-driven, evidence-based fields of criminal justice.

Criminal intelligence involves the analysis and presentation of crime data with the intent of guiding decision-making and related public policy. Offered both on ground and online, the CIA bachelor’s degree is designed to produce graduates qualified to work as crime analysts in intelligence analysis positions with local, state, regional, national, and international public and private agencies.

“The face of criminal intelligence gathering is changing rapidly. Modern intelligence analysts provide vital support to law enforcement officials,” said Bill Virkler, professor and associate dean of the business and justice studies program. “At Utica College, we are ahead of the curve. More than 25 percent of law enforcement agencies are supported by crime analysts and this number is growing.”

This new program of study will help students obtain the necessary skills which include subject matter expertise, analytic methodologies, ethics, information handling and processing, communication/presentation of findings, critical thinking, computer literacy, and social media. Jobs such as the CIA, Army, Air Force, district attorneys, and police agencies are just a few of many career sites available upon graduation.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • Chart the history and context of crime analysis within the field of criminal justice, including how crime analysis is linked to criminal justice operations and which agencies are involved in the U.S. intelligence community.
  • Apply criminological theories to the explanation and prediction of past, present, and potential future criminal activity.
  • Identify and locate relevant and credible information using multiple collection platforms: human, signals, geospatial, financial, measurement and signatures, and open-source.
  • Manipulate and analyze data using multiple collection platforms and a variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches for tactical, strategic, operational, and administrative purposes.
  • Distinguish between and critically evaluate defensive and offensive counterintelligence tactics for protecting information and intelligence.
  • Outline and describe strategies for intelligence management, particularly how to organize and process information and how to store intelligence.
  • Enumerate and discuss relevant ethical and legal regulations pertaining to the use of information and intelligence in criminal justice contexts.
  • Produce accurate, clear, and concise intelligence written and oral reports that recommend actionable steps based on collection and analysis of relevant information.

The CIA program is now accepting applications for the spring 2018 semester. For more information, contact Virkler at (315) 223-2559 or wvirkle@utica.edu.
About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 31 minors, 21 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

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