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 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


Professional Military Education and the Cyber Domain Workshop

Jan. 17, 2019
8:00 a.m.
Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Ukraine Wants to Be Part of the West

Jan. 16, 2019
The National Interest
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