Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Intelligence Analysis
The University of Akron is the only state institution in Ohio training aspiring criminal intelligence analysis.
Fast growing field
After completing coursework and mandatory internships, graduates will enter fields that are projected to grow faster than average, with an expected 100,000 or more job openings between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The median wage in 2016 was $78,120 annually for a criminal intelligence analysis.
What will you learn?
Curriculum: See the degree requirements for a B.S. in Criminal Intelligence Analysis
You will focus on analytical and technical courses with a curriculum that will give you a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and applied skills for work in contemporary criminal justice agencies.
Range of areas:
- Political science
- Criminal justice technology
- Geography and planning
- Geographic and land information systems
- Computer information systems
Skills necessary to succeed:
- Strong interest in research and problem-solving
- Understanding human behavior
- Strong background in the use of computer information systems
- Ability to work with diverse populations
- Make and give many presentations
- Have effective communication and interpersonal skills
- Work well on a team - both leading and following
You will gain real hands-on experience in our extensive internship program with a range of placement options:
- State agencies
- Federal government i.e. Washington, D.C.
- Part-time or full-time internships
What can you do with a Criminal Intelligence Analysis degree?
Opportunities range from local police agencies to the FBI, U.S. Secret Service or U.S. Marshals.
While specifically trained for crime and intelligence analysis positions in policing and homeland security at all levels of government, by the time you graduate you will be equally prepared for employment in private sector organizations as intelligence and operations analysis, as well as law or graduate school.
Candidates should be of high moral character, as you will have access to sensitive or confidential information and will likely be subject to a background check before being hired.
“The criminal intelligence analyst is on the front line in the fight against crime and terrorism... They use data and information to help criminal justice, homeland security and business people make good decisions on how best to use resources to solve crime and security problems. Analysts may be assigned to find serial offenders, eradicate crime hot spots, or detect terrorist cells.”
Professor Dr. David Licate
Former investigative analyst
Professor Dr. David Licate himself was an was an investigative analyst before coming to UA. He is active in several crime analysis projects nationally and has consulted for the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, homeland security and policing agencies.