Can you have a major and a minor degree at West Point?

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  1. Seanaf

    Seanaf Member

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    I am curious if you can major and minor in different subjects at West Point or is it just one Major?

    If possible, I plan to major in engineering and minor in international relations.

    Thanks!
     
  2. 14Smith15

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    I hope so because I want to major in military history and minor in American History.
     
  3. scoutpilot

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    The answer is...sort of. If you don't major in engineering, you will essentially minor in engineering because of the requirement to take engineering courses. However, it is not called a minor. I haven't looked at my transcripts but I don't think they reflect it as a minor. Back in the day, it used to be more of "minor" because it was a 5-course engineering track. It's now a 3-course track, IIRC. Perhaps a cadet can verify.

    You can, however, double major. Majoring in engineering pretty much guarantees that you won't have space for anything else. Many top
    engineering schools take 5 years to teach you what USMA must teach you in 4 years. We always pitied the engineering majors.
     
  4. SaltLife

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    I want to major in Systems Engineering. For my minor I have no clue, maybe like economics or business.
     
  5. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    If you get a history degree at West Point, you will take classes in a number of different history sub-topics.

    The History Department offers three history majors: Military History, US History, and International History.

    From the USMA Redbook:

    "The Department of History offers three rigorous, challenging, flexible, and rewarding majors. Cadets can choose a major in American History, International History, or Military History. Cadets majoring in American History explore in depth the past of this great nation to gain an historical understanding of the United States' role in a global context. Cadets majoring in International History develop an understanding of states, peoples, cultures, and ways of life in the world outside of the United States. Cadets majoring in Military History examine the changing nature of warfare and of the military profession, and learn how these changes have influenced (and been influenced by) societies, cultures, and ideologies."
     
  6. vampsoul

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    There are few minors, though. Terrorism Studies is one of them.
     

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