Studies in War & Peace

As the country’s oldest private military college and birthplace of ROTC, Norwich University provides a unique environment to explore the development of military institutions and their impact on the social order.

The Studies in War & Peace program promotes critical analysis of phenomena relating to military and diplomatic affairs, and preparing students for a career in government service and for entry into graduate or professional schools. Relevant to both military and civilian students, the “SWAP” program is an extension of the Norwich tradition of producing educated citizens ready for many pursuits.

The program draws from the disciplines of history, political science, philosophy and literature. Students tailor their major with courses in international affairs and area studies, such as:

  • The Middle East in Modern Times
  • International Law
  • Asian Politics
  • Modern Wars

Opportunities to participate in clubs, internships and travel augment classroom work. Norwich is home to the annual Colby Military Writers’ Symposium; the NU Tactical Society coaxes students outside to play historically accurate war games; and the SWAP program encourages travel, such as a summer course that features a staff ride of Civil War battlefields.

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