Has anyone heard of a degree in "strategic intelligence"?
April 9, 2014 10:21 AM Subscribe
So I've now had two young people in the last month ask me for career advice who told me they were planning to major in "strategic intelligence." Has anyone heard of such a thing? I hadn't, and had to look it up. From what I can gather it seems to be basically a hybrid history/poli-sci degree.
Is that accurate? And more than that, is such a degree worth the paper it's printed on?
posted by valkyryn to Education (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My sense of the thing is that it's just one more made up discipline for for-profit/non-competitive/uncompetitive and generally just low-end schools to snare naive applicants into a cool-sounding degree that is functionally useless beyond checking off the "has college degree" box on your resume. Kind of like pre-law/pre-med, only without a corresponding grad school destination. I told both of the kids who asked me that they'd be better off getting a "real" liberal arts degree like history or philosophy or a foreign language,* as I didn't think employers who hire people to be actual intelligence analysts would look kindly on such the major.
Does anyone have information to the contrary? Do employers actually value this degree? Do academic programs?
*And going to schools with better reputations, but that's a different discussion.