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Norwich University's music program offers courses in music appreciation and history, as well as instruction and performance opportunities for singing and instrumental work.
As the oldest collegiate band in the country, the Regimental Band at Norwich carries on a long tradition of excellence. Music at Norwich has been a significant part of the curriculum since 1820, when Captain Partridge formed an ensemble of buglers and drummers, making the all-brass and percussion band an integral part of the daily life of cadets. Today, the band is a full-instrumentation marching band—woodwinds, brass, and percussion—that performs at formations, reviews and parades. The Regimental Band has performed at the inauguration of several United States presidents, as well as parades and concerts throughout New England.
Corps of Cadets recruits may request assignment to the Regimental Band Company. Civilian students have opportunities to perform in the Concert Band, playing a more traditional roster of pop tunes and classics. In addition, Norwich hosts the Campus Choraleers vocal ensemble and the Pipes & Drums, which performs traditional bagpipe music.
Academic credit is available for band participation.
The only undergraduate program of its kind in the U.S., Norwich University’s interdisciplinary Studies in War and Peace (SWAP) program encourages you to approach problems from divergent angles and develop skills across disciplines, from history to political science.
War and peace can only be understood by appreciating the social forces that produce them. Why do people say they want peace while glorifying war? Does interdependence between countries like the United States and China make conflict more or less likely? How has warfare changed over time and across cultures, and what explains these changes? What is the relationship between war, peace, and justice? These are some of the questions Studies in War and Peace majors ask and try to answer.
Our program is focused, but also interdisciplinary. Majors take courses not only in history and political science, but also in English, economics, philosophy, modern languages, and sociology. SWAP majors learn to think critically and analytically, challenging commonly held and widely accepted beliefs.
Through summer courses, students learn by touring battlefields in small groups, guided by experts. Even the most technologically sophisticated classroom can’t replace the experience of being where human beings fought and died. Through these courses, students come to appreciate physical and environmental conditions and decision-making in ways not possible by sitting in a classroom.
Explore governance, leadership, and public policy through world-class faculty, research, and internships.
Politics is about collective action. How do we organize ourselves into groups to accomplish goals? How do we make alliances and trade deals, run elections, formulate laws and policy? Politics is also about leadership. How and why do we form and maintain groups? How do you get people to work together? How do you get them to follow you?
Whether you major or minor in political science at Norwich, you’ll enjoy close relationships with world-class faculty.
Majoring or minoring in Spanish gives you a competitive edge in today’s global economy.
Spanish is the second-most-spoken language in the world, both domestically and abroad. Language proficiency guarantees you cultural competency within the U.S. and global communities. As a major, you’ll experience personal transformation through study-abroad opportunities and intellectual growth via our innovative curriculum. Course offerings encompass Latinos and immigration, drug cartels, cinema, and literature, taught in personalized classes augmented by extracurricular activities.
The Criminal Justice program at Norwich emphasizes the importance of evidence-based knowledge in understanding crime policy, programs and practice. It also strives to cultivate commitment to the principles of justice, ethics, public service and the development of leadership skills.
Faculty of the School of Justice Studies & Sociology provide students with opportunities to learn, conduct research and observe law in action. The program incorporates case analyses, police and court observation, field trips, simulations and guest lecturers by practitioners into the curriculum.
Criminal Justice, the most popular major at Norwich, provides an excellent foundation for a career in law, law enforcement and corrections. Students also have the opportunity to minor in Sociology or Computer Crime and Forensics.
The School of Justice Studies & Sociology offers internships, career counseling, travel-abroad opportunities and pre-law advising.
The philosophy to “learn by doing” drives the psychology curriculum at Norwich University. As a psychology major, you’ll work with faculty to create a research project of your own design.
MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY
Norwich has one of the few undergraduate psychology programs in the country that requires an original research project as a senior thesis, encouraging psychology majors to explore and research topics of interest and relevance to their chosen fields. Through this project, majors learn the importance of scientific method through graduate-level research, which involves data collection, literature review, conducting an experiment with human subjects, and writing and presenting a thesis on a wide range of topics, from stereotyping to threat perception.
Whether your goal is to be a teacher, advertising copywriter, personnel administrator, or clinical psychologist, the Norwich University psychology program will help you better understand and articulate principles of human behavior.
Majors are encouraged to explore psychological principles outside the classroom through internships and academic organizations such as the Psi Chi and Pi Gamma Mu honor societies.
MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY
Norwich also offers several options for a minor in psychology. Check out the curriculum for details.
Our strong emphasis on field studies, outdoor experience, and hands-on problem solving gives graduates solid field and laboratory skills that they use to solve Earth-related problems in industry, graduate school, government, and the military.
Geology/Earth Science is the investigation of modern and ancient Earth’s physical and chemical processes and their submicroscopic- to planetary-scale products and events. Earth scientists study the planet’s mountain ranges, continents, oceans, and landforms, and it’s internal structure and motion. We address such basic societal needs as the exploration and management of water and mineral resources, sustainable development of energy, and natural hazard prediction.
Students are involved in a small and vibrant learning community with professors that are both respected teachers and active researchers in New England, arctic Canada, Europe, the South Pacific, and the southwestern U.S. All students have the opportunity to travel to the desert southwest and across the northeast on program-sponsored trips. Each student conducts original research in collaboration with a faculty member, starting the student on the path to scientific investigation in the professional world. The job market in Earth Science is strong and the opportunity for travel, exploration, and adventure is high.
Located amid the Green Mountains of Vermont, Norwich is ideally situated for unhurried and unhampered studies of the Earth. The Geology program provides a broad background in the physical sciences with emphasis on geology and its pivotal role in understanding our environment.
Our strong emphasis on field studies and outdoor experience results in students having experiential learning both in their courses and on department field trips, such as recent trips in southern Utah, west Texas, southern California, central Arizona and throughout New England and eastern Canada.
Geology courses are presented by faculty who are both respected teachers and active researchers in New England, Europe and the western U.S. Courses include real projects and original research participation.
Our graduates are successful and prepared to go on to graduate school or begin work in industry, consulting, or state and federal surveys.
The Earth Science program is equipped a with full sample prep lab featuring diamond saws, grinders, pulverizers, separators, and other gear. As well as an X-ray diffraction laboratory, a scanning electron microscope with electron dispersive and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy capabilities, and a range of geophysical exploration equipment. This includes a gravity meter, seismograph, magnetometer, electromagnetometer, and ground penetrating radar.
Following fusion and dissolution, chemical analysis of rock, mineral, and soil samples is carried out in our ICAP spectrometer lab, which also provides an analytical capability for studies of ground and surface water. Equipment for the collection and analysis of sediment and soil is housed in the program with further analytical capabilities housed in associated programs on campus.
An expert at reconstructing ancient landscapes and environments, Dana Professor of Geology Rick Dunn, PhD, chairs the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Norwich University. His insights inform the work of archaeological projects throughout the Mediterranean and, more recently, Easter Island. Recent and ongoing projects include a Neolithic cave site in Europe and archaeological sites of the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, and ancient Greeks.
To view course offerings and a curriculum map for majoring or minoring in geology (a.k.a. earth science), see the Norwich University academic course catalog:
NU’s School of Nursing helps meet a critical demand for nurses with vision, innovation, and educational excellence. Our mission is to prepare students to be globally minded nurse leaders and scholars through innovative and diverse experiential education and research.
Supported by outstanding faculty and new simulation laboratories, classrooms, and learning laboratories, the School of Nursing offers you an environment that encourages achievement and growth. Clinical affiliations with academic medical centers, such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the University of Vermont Medical Center, as well as community hospitals and clinical sites, provide our majors with excellent clinical resources and experiential-learning environments. Our students use a variety of technological applications in the classroom and in clinical settings, including electronic health records, handheld PDAs, and innovative applications for accessing timely clinical information.
We’ll challenge you to provide optimum quality and valued patient care in complex health care systems. Our program offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
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The minor in philosophy provides a chance to engage in open-ended, critical thinking about basic ideas in ethics, politics, religion and science, both in relation to current debates and as they have developed since the beginnings of philosophy in ancient Greece.
Philosophy originally meant the pursuit of any sort of knowledge or wisdom. During the 2,000 years since its inception in ancient Greece, philosophy has gradually divided into more specialized academic disciplines, each with its own subject matter and evolving methods of inquiry. Today, philosophy seeks to clarify the boundaries, fundamental assumptions and relationships of the natural and social sciences, as well as mathematics, law, medicine and theology. Philosophers are also concerned with the logical norms implied in clear and critical thinking and the ethical norms involved in problems of personal and political behavior.
Norwich’s Philosophy Department offers courses in logic and general ethics, the applied ethics of various professions (medicine and nursing, business, the military, criminal justice and environmental studies), and a four-semester sequence on the history of philosophy. For a minor in philosophy, a student must complete six courses in philosophy with a grade of “C” or better.