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The intelligence profession is a unique and logical culmination of a Christian Liberal Arts education for future leaders of a nation increasingly dependent on knowledge management. The Mission of the Government: Strategic Intelligence Program (SIP) track is to prepare Christian men and women for service in the United States National Security enterprise. It uniquely accomplishes this by:

  1. Applying Patrick Henry College’s Christian Liberal Arts critical thinking framework to intelligence training,
  2. Cultivating teaching relationships between students and industry professionals in the Washington, D.C. area,
  3. Positioning students, through a broad apprenticeship program, in high-value internships that complete the security clearance process upon graduation. 

As a result, graduating SIP all-source analysts transition easily into US National Security community service and leadership, ready to shape its culture for Christ and for Liberty.


The SIP faculty is comprised of industry professionals with decades of Intelligence Community experience and academic credentials. They are advised and supported by a Board of Advisors consisting of nationally recognized experts in the intelligence and foreign policy fields. A regular stream of former and current senior Community professionals also routinely interact with SIP students in small classroom settings. 

Strategic Intelligence track students study the history and development of intelligence gathering agencies, the role of intelligence in foreign policymaking, and the application of modern intelligence data collection and analysis techniques. Major courses include History of American Intelligence, Intelligence Research & Analysis, Law Enforcement & Civil Liberties, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, International Relations, and Comparative Politics.

Click here for additional information on the Strategic Intelligence program.

Apprenticeship Experience and Methodology

SIP students fulfill Patrick Henry College’s apprenticeship methodology through senior-year internships. While providing invaluable on-site training, SIP internships also help attain Secret and Top Secret security clearances, guaranteeing immediate transition into the Intelligence Community.

Multiple Program graduates have interned at such three-letter agencies as the CIA, FBI, DIA, DHS, NGA, and ONI, as well as in the White House, US State Department, USAF Intelligence, Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), and the Pentagon.

Click here for a list of courses and the Recommended Course Sequence for the Strategic Intelligence track of the Government Major.