Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and Cyber Operations


With rapid and consistent advancements in global technology, the usage and protection of sensitive digital information has never been more important. The Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence and Cyber Operations is an interdisciplinary degree program that develops students’  technical cyber security skills within the foreign policy lens of international relations.

The Intelligence and Cyber Operations major consists of 51-54 interdisciplinary units within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. By addressing cyber security warfare in a global affairs context, this program is ideal for students wishing to develop an acumen of cyber programming and foreign diplomacy to enter the field of cyber security or cyber intelligence.


  • Open-Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT) Gathering and Analysis
  • Cyber Defense
  • Red-Team Penetration Testing
  • Incident Investigations


  • Cyber security consultant/analyst
  • Threat hunter
  • Digital Forensic Investigator
  • Incident responder
  • Intelligence Analyst


Prospective applicants can connect with USC Dornsife Admission for additional information by visiting

Continuing USC students interested in declaring this program are encouraged to meet with the Intelligence and Cyber Operations major advisor, Karla Rivera. Advising appointments are available for booking at  

For questions and advisement regarding the B.A. in Intelligence and Cyber Operations, please contact Karla Rivera.



A minimum of 128 units is necessary to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Intelligence and Cyber Operations.

Published on June 26th, 2020

Last updated on August 25th, 2023