U.S. Naval War College students participating in the colleges Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century elective course
U.S. Naval War College students participating in the colleges Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century elective course receive a presentation about the Mark-18 unmanned undersea vehicle. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 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. International officers may take an unclassified elective on an ungraded basis and are encouraged to do so each trimester.

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.

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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Core Curriculum

You’ll hone your strategic, analytical, and management skills through three core subject areas: joint maritime operations, theater security decision making, strategy and warfare, and Leadership in the Profession of Arms.

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

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Naval Staff College Diploma

International officers in the Naval Staff College complete a robust program of academic core courses and electives, including a Field Studies Program and country presentations.

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