Students at the Center for Combat Systems Unit Great Lakes use technology in the Ship's Self Defense System lab while attending Operations Specialist "A" School, April 26, 2019.
Students at the Center for Combat Systems Unit Great Lakes use technology in the Ship's Self Defense System lab while attending Operations Specialist "A" School, April 26, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Brian Walsh/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) 841-7330 or electives@usnwc.edu.

2021-22 Elective Course Catalog Elective Fair Presentation Special Program Information

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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