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. 160914-N-RX668-104 NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept. 14, 2016)

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 typically 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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News, Media, & Events


Former Naval War College president passes away

Jan. 19, 2018
News Publication

Issues in National Security: Looking Outward to the Future

Jan. 23, 2018
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U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Blue Hair in Gray Zone

Jan. 10, 2018
War on the Rocks
Article Publication

Naval Staff College Information


Upon completion of the NWC Naval Staff College 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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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. Each department teaches one intermediate level course (ILC) and one senior level course (SLC).

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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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