American Military History or National Security

All Navy and Marine Option midshipmen are required to complete one course in American Military History or National Security Policy.  The recommended course to meet this requirement for all Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University midshipmen  is Boston University’s CAS HI284 History of War, which can be combined with our NS104 course.  See your adviser for any other requests.

Cultural/Regional Studies Requirement

All Navy and Nurse Option midshipmen are required to complete a course that focuses on non-western countries.  These courses must have a cultural emphasis on regions of interest to the Navy. This academic requirement is designed to expand our future officer corps’ awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity to world cultures and peoples. Foreign language courses that do not provide instruction on culture are insufficient to meet this requirement.  See your adviser to request approval of the specific course you would like to take.  The following courses have been approved in the past:

Boston University


  • CAS AN 317 Power and Society in the Middle East
  • CAS AN 319 Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics
  • CAS AN 344 Modern Japanese Society: Family, School and Workplace
  • CAS AN 379 China: Tradition and Transition
  • CAS AN 548 Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History

Art History

  • CAS AH 539 Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History


  • CAS EC 369 Economic Development of Latin America


  • CAS GE382 Understanding the Middle East


  • CAS HI 237 Reconstructing the African Past
  • CAS HI 392 The History of Israel: An Introduction
  • CAS HI 446 The Russian Revolution
  • CAS HI 487 Continuity and Change in Late Imperial and Modern China

International Relations

  • CAS IR 242 Sociology of Developing Countries
  • CAS IR 364 The Politics of Post-Communist Russia
  • CAS IR 365 Rise of China
  • CAS IR 370 China: From Revolution to Reform
  • CAS IR 382 Understanding the Middle East
  • CAS IR 511 The Middle East Today

Political Science

  • CAS PO 351 China: From Revolution to Reform
  • CAS PO 352 Rise of China
  • CAS PO 371 Politics of Post-Communist Russia


  • CAS RN 375 Culture, Society and Religion in South Asia
  • CAS RN 539 Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History


  • CAS SO 242 Sociology of Developing Countries
  • CAS SO 328 Contemporary South Asian Societies

Boston College

  • AADS 111 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies
  • ICPS 119 Islamic Civilization
  • HIST 415 Modern Iran
  • POLI 240 Politics of India: Challenges of Democracy and Development
  • POLI 242 Modern Iran
  • THEO 535 Israelis and Palestinians: Two Peoples, Three Faiths

Northeastern University

  • AFRS 3424 Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
  • AFRS 4939 Community Health, Culture and Development in Kenya
  • CLTR 1502 Introduction to Arabic Culture
  • CLTR 1506 Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture
  • CLTR 1700 Introduction to Japanese Pop Culture
  • INTL 1160 Middle East Studies
  • INTL 2100 Politics of Health in International Development
  • HIST 1150 East Asian Studies
  • HIST 1185 Introduction to Middle East History
  • HIST 1250 Emergence of East Asia
  • HIST 1251 Modern East Asia
  • HIST 1254 Contemporary China
  • HIST 1256 Chinese Civilization in Her Eyes
  • HIST 1285 Introduction to Russian Civilization
  • HIST 1286 History of the Soviet Union
  • HIST 1290 Modern Middle East
  • HIST 1291 The Ottoman Empire (1300-1920)
  • HIST 1297 Reformers, Tribes, Saints: North Africa in World History, 1500-Present
  • HIST 2313 Gender and Revolution in Russian and China
  • HIST 2351 Modern Japan
  • HIST 2393 Islam and Empires
  • HIST 2395 Middle East in the Twentieth Century
  • HIST 3452 Global Chinese Migration
  • SOCL 1215 Society and Culture in Russia