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 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. All U.S. students shall enroll in one elective each trimester in order to receive JPME credit and the master of arts degree.

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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