U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students participate in an electives fair held in NWC’s Spruance lobby.
U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students participate in an electives fair held in NWC’s Spruance lobby. The fair is an opportunity for students to learn about and choose from the different electives courses offered during the upcoming trimester at NWC. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jess Lewis/Released)

Electives & Areas of Study

Our electives program at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) provides the opportunity for students to explore subjects not in the core curriculum, enhance your regional expertise, or examine core subjects in greater detail. U.S. officers are required to take electives while pursuing their Master of Arts degree.

About Electives

The Electives Program provides the opportunity to develop and pursue a variety of graduate-level intellectual challenges. Each academic year the Electives Program offers approximately 120 courses designed and taught by NWC professors and adjunct professors. An extensive Electives Program expands the colleges educational offerings by providing opportunities to explore subjects not included in the core curriculum or investigate in greater detail specific elements of that curriculum.

For more information please contact the Electives Program at (401) 841-3261 or electives@usnwc.edu.

2019-20 Elective Course Catalog

Research Opportunities

We offer students unique opportunities to conduct advanced research at the college or contribute to enhanced understanding of a geographic region, including Regional Study Groups and mentored individual research.

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News, Media, & Events

Lectures of Opportunity: "Futures of Surface Naval Combatants"

Sep. 18, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Conolly Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Chinese Sea Mines Are Threatening the U.S. Navy

Sep. 13, 2019
The National Interest
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