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The University of Lynchburg is creating a major in intelligence studies, starting this fall. The university says classes will be taught by professors with experience in the field, including the National Security Agency and Drug Enforcement Administration.

NEWS RELEASE: LYNCHBURG, Va. (April 15, 2020) – Starting this fall, students at the University of Lynchburg will be able to major in intelligence studies. Housed in the International Relations and Security Studies Program, the brand-new major offers courses taught by professors with practical experience in the field, including at the National Security Agency and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Intelligence studies provides students with a rigorous liberal arts approach to the study of international security policy and issues,” said Dr. David Richards, chair of the International Relations and Security Studies Program. “It prepares students to be job-competitive in both government and the private sector.”

The major examines the relationships between state and non-state actors, including NGOs, multinational corporations, and non-state paramilitary organizations. Fundamental questions addressed in the security field include: What is needed to provide a safe and secure world? What leads to comprehensive human security? How do security threats like terrorists form and persist, and what can be done to negate their actions?

Intelligence studies encompasses 39 credit hours and will feature hands-on classes taught by experts, as well as experiential learning opportunities such as internships. “These hands-on, real-world, workplace internships will introduce students to jobs in the field, as well as give them résumé-building skills,” Richards said.

Students also will be eligible for study abroad programs and language learning courses to supplement their degree.

“The intelligence studies major is both a great stand-alone major and a terrific ‘pairing’ with several other disciplines here at the University of Lynchburg,” said criminology professor Keith Smith, who will teach some IS classes. “As a criminology professor, former career government agent, and retired foreign service officer, I know IS and criminology form a solid academic foundation for students considering a career with federal law enforcement agencies that have strong international and intelligence foci, such as the FBI or DEA.”

The ISS and criminology combination is also great for intelligence work in other governmental and military organizations, Smith noted.

“This job field is enormous, but very selective,” he said. “The students’ ability to combine multiple programs with the IS major will help them stand out when competing for one of these highly desired positions.”

Criminology majors or minors need just 27 additional hours, while international relations majors need an additional 24. Political science or history majors need 33 additional hours, and international relations minors just 30. The major can also be combined with the communication studies major or minor, or any foreign language.

“As an institution, our job is to prepare our students for the future and offer them broader alternatives,” said Dr. Emrullah Uslu, assistant professor of international relations and security studies. He noted a general shift in the job market for social sciences graduates toward the intelligence and security studies fields. That is especially true in Virginia due to the commonwealth’s proximity to Washington, D.C.

But, he added, “intelligence and security studies are not limited to government jobs. From business intelligence to private sectors, contractors, international companies, NGOs, and think tanks are all concentrating on intelligence and security studies. Our students would have a wide variety of job opportunities when they graduate with the IS major.”

Professor of History Dr. Brian Crim, who will also teach in the program, agrees. “The intelligence community is a diverse collection of agencies and departments across the military, federal, state, and local government. No matter what you study, the IC will need expertise, and the new intelligence studies major is designed to equip students with the analytical skills this growing community requires.

“I worked for both military and civilian intelligence after 9/11, and I wish I’d had some of the coursework we offer. … Whether you’re interested in law enforcement, national security, or fields like economics, cybersecurity, and medical intelligence, ISS is an excellent fit. The demand for intelligence professionals outpaces the supply, and we hope our majors will fill that demand.”

Specific career options for graduates include such jobs as border patrol agent, counterterrorism analyst, criminal investigator, intelligence officer, insider threat detection analyst, and special agent, among many others.

Interested students should enroll in ISS 200-Introduction to Intelligence Studies for Fall 2020, followed by INTL 280-Security Studies Theory next spring. A complete list of courses can be found here.


NEWS RELEASE: Three suspects are in custody in connection with an armed robbery at the Bedford Avenue 7-11 on November 8, 2019.

Quoterris Tykem Martin, 18, of Bedford, is charged with robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, wearing a mask in a public place, grand larceny (vehicle), credit card theft, and petit larceny. Two juveniles, both 17, are charged with robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and wearing a mask in a public place.
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Det. Dubie at (434) 455-6102 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. You can also submit a tip online at or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

MISSING: Cayden Thomas Merchant

Gender: male
Race: Black
Approx. Age: 3 YR.
Height: 2 feet 00 inches
Weight: 29 Lbs
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Date and Time of Abduction: Oct 23, 2017 06:30 PM

Circumstances:Child was last seen at 9124 Germont Ave, N. Chesterfield, Virginia. Child was last seen wearing a White flannel with orange and grey stripes Button up shirt.

Additional Significant Identifiers or Conditions of Child:scar on left side of head above eyebrow, scar on left side of nose and scar on right shin

ABDUCTOR:James Benjamin King Black male, 5 feet 01 inches, 130 Lbs, short afro Black hair, brown eyes, wearing black with dead pool insignia t-shirt shirt, light blue jeans pants.

May be traveling in a 2016 Elantra Hyundai , Red , Virginia tag XWS-1828. towards Petersburg, VA.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Chesterfield PD at 1-804-748-1251 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.

Alert Canceled; Children located and safe

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Portsmouth Police Department at 1-757-393-5300 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.

Dominique Eugene Jarvis

Dominique Eugene Jarvis
Gender : male
Race : Black
Date of Birth : 03/23/2012
Height : 2 feet 10 inches
Weight : 32 Lbs
Hair: 4 braids brown
Eyes: brown
Date and Time of Abduction: Apr 14, 2017 08:54 AM
Circumstances: Child was last seen at 1100 Carrington Crescent, Portsmouth, Virginia. Child was last seen wearing a blue/red shirt.


Messiah Khyon Jones-Jarvis


Messiah Khyon Jones-Jarvis
Gender : male
Race : Black
Date of Birth : 05/30/2015
Height : 2 feet 06 inches
Weight : 30 Lbs
Hair: braided brown
Eyes: brown
Date and Time of Abduction: Apr 14, 2017 08:54 AM
Child was last seen at 1100 Carrington Crescent, Portsmouth, Virginia.


Asia Dominique Jarvis
Black female, 5 feet 08 inches, 215 Lbs, bro hair, bro eyes. Abductor claimed to shoot the children if the father did not provide her with money. Unknown on weapon type.
May be traveling in possibly a patriot Jeep , Black , Unknown tag.
P.S. Asia D. Jarvis has made threats to kill both children.