U.S. Naval War College (NWC) students participate in an electives fair held in NWC’s Spruance lobby.

Electives & Areas of Study

Our electives program offers an outstanding opportunity to offering the opportunity to explore subjects not in the core curriculum, enhance your regional expertise, or examine core subjects in greater detail. International officers may take an unclassified elective on an ungraded basis and are encouraged to do so each trimester.

Elective courses meet for three hours per week for ten weeks and constitute twenty percent of a student’s total academic effort.  The lineup of courses evolves from year-to-year, and faculty members are encouraged to offer electives in their various specialties.

Each academic year the Electives Program offers approximately 120 courses designed and taught by Naval War College professors and adjunct professors from M.I.T, the Fletcher School, and elsewhere.  An extensive Electives Program expands both the breadth and depth of the College’s educational offerings by providing opportunities to explore subjects not included in the core curriculum or to investigate in greater detail specific elements of that curriculum.  

Overall, the Electives Program provides an outstanding opportunity to develop the life of the mind and pursue a variety of graduate-level intellectual challenges.

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Core Curriculum

The Naval War College has three core teaching departments: Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, and Joint Military Operations, each with separate faculty.

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Upon completion of the NCC program you will receive a NWC diploma. Additionally, the President of the Naval War College will send a letter of completion to the Chief of your Navy.

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New student orientation is a multi-day event designed to prepare you for your upcoming Naval War College experience and give you the information you need to be ready when classes begin.

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Mar. 26, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

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Mar. 21, 2018
The National Interest
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