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Design Arts Major.

Earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design

Be a rock star. In your Design Arts major, a new program administered through the College of Professional Schools’ School of Architecture + Art, you’ll integrate theory and application to unify art, craft and technology to master stone arts.

You’ll tap your curiosity and creativity through partnerships with the Vermont Granite Museum’s Stone Arts School, in Barre, the self-proclaimed “Granite Center of the World.” Barre has attracted designers and sculptors from Europe and North America since the 1920s to hone their craftsmanship and techniques. The Vermont Granite Museum, founded 1994, has figured centrally in celebrating and preserving the region’s granite heritage and industry. In partnership, Norwich University and the Museum’s Stone Arts School aim to be North America’s premier source of stone arts information and education by merging historical and digital practices in art, fine craft and industry. We create a dialogue between tradition maintainers and experimental innovators.

You’ll learn contemporary design production techniques, which blend traditional arts with modern technical expertise, such as computation and computer numeric control machinery. You’ll also learn to market what you make by complementing your core study with personal finance/business and general education courses. Your junior year will include a semester abroad in CityLAB:Berlin; your senior year will include an internship or apprenticeship and a capstone project.

After further developing your knowledge in internships with business and industry partners, you’ll graduate ready to compete in multidisciplinary fields with facility, clarity and rigor. The industry is poised for the future.

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FAST FACTS: In fall 2019, the Barre Granite Association announced that its member companies have invested $5 million in the past five years in new equipment and machinery. Sixty Barre-area manufacturing and quarrying companies employ more than 1,700 workers and pump $25 million in the local economy through salaries and benefits.

In pursuing a political science major, you'll 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.

The School of Architecture + Art is challenging, fun and dedicated to producing architects who will serve the needs of people.

Our intimate scale fosters natural, effective mentoring relationships between faculty and students; courses take a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture. We embrace environmental sustainability as part of Vermont’s ethos and because they understand integrated design processes, our graduates' enter the profession well prepared.

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.

Explore Academic Programs:

Criminal Justice History Political Science Sociology Studies in War & Peace

At 30 and 40 years postenrollment, Norwich ranked in the top 7 percent for best net present value among the 4,529 schools ranked in Georgetown University’s “A First Try at ROI” study.

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.

  • Program Details

    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.

  • Facilities

    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.

  • Faculty Spotlight

    Prof. Rick Dunn, PhD

    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.

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  • View Catalog

    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:

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As of November 2019, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) has granted approval for Norwich University to offer the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) degree. The MAT program will be offered starting fall of 2022. 

Students wishing to pursue the Master of Athletic Training degree may do so either as part of the accelerated BS-to-MAT program in 3+2 years, or as an external candidate having already completed a bachelor’s degree. To be considered for admission into the Norwich MAT program, you must meet the following criteria:

Accelerated BS-to-MAT Candidates

To qualify for the accelerated master’s program, students must have completed all undergraduate coursework (course numbers 100-499) by the start of graduate coursework with the exception of HE 439 to be taken spring of senior year. 

In addition, Norwich University Health Sciences students must complete prerequisite courses as described in the course catalog found HERE.

Postbaccalaureate Candidates

Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at Norwich or another institution are eligible to enter the accelerated master’s program by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Providing an official transcript from an accredited institution demonstrating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  2. Having completed the following prerequisites with a grade of at least a C+:
  • 1 year of college Biology
  • 1 year of college Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • 1 semester of Statistics
  • 1 semester of College Chemistry
  • 1 semester of College Physics
  • 1 semester of Kinesiology/Biomechanics
  • 1 semester of Exercise Physiology
  • 1 semester of Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent)
  • 1 semester of Motor Development
  • 1 semester of Nutrition

All Candidates

All students pursuing the MAT must be able to:

  • Maintain/provide proof of overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Provide verification of Certification in Emergency Cardiac Care through a course that meet the standards set forth by the Board of Certification.
  • Provide completed program application
  • Provide documentation of having completed at least 30 observation hours with a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Provide a cover letter
  • Provide a résumé
  • Provide a reference letter from a Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Adhere to the technical standards of the program as described in the student handbook.
  • Application to the Master of Athletic Training

Norwich Health Science students pursuing the Accelerated transition to the MAT will apply in the spring of their Junior (third) year. Applications are due to the Program Director in electronic format three weeks after the posting of spring midsemester grades. After meeting with the program, Norwich Health Science students will be notified of their acceptance into the MAT within three weeks of the application deadline.

Postbaccalaureate candidates pursuing the 2-year MAT will apply to the program starting Jan. 1. External post-baccalaureate candidates will apply through the Norwich University admissions office. Supplemental materials (as described above) are due to the Program Director in electronic format by March 1. Postbaccalaureate candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the MAT program within three weeks.Additional Costs

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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 peace and conflict resolution 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.


Come have a hand in building the future.

The School of Architecture + Art is challenging, fun and dedicated to producing architects who will serve the needs of people.

Our intimate scale fosters natural, effective mentoring relationships between faculty and students; courses take a balanced approach to the art and science of architecture. We embrace environmental sustainability as part of Vermont’s ethos and because they understand integrated design processes, our graduates' enter the profession well prepared.

Norwich’s School of Architecture + Art is ranked No. 3 in the United States of the “most hired from” universities.

Source: DesignIntelligence 2020

As part of the nation's oldest private military college, we offer a four-year bachelor of science in architectural studies degree (preprofessional); a one-year, National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited master of architecture degree (first professional); and two art minors. All are designed for practical people who want to immerse themselves in an experiential academic lifestyle.

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