How many mids taking same major?

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  1. WJ860

    WJ860 New Member

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    Do mids typically spread out across all the majors or do the vast majority take a certain Major? Is it mostly engineering, or is it more spread out?
     
  2. AikiBudo

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    I remember seeing a breakdown of the number of MIDS in various majors awhile back - I couldn't find it but note that per the USNA website a majority are going to be directed towards STEM majors:
    "While the majority of midshipmen will choose their majors, the needs of the Naval Service take precedence. For the Naval Academy Class of 2013 and beyond, at least 65% of those graduates commissioned into the U.S. Navy must complete academic majors in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. This institutional requirement applies as well to NROTC programs at other colleges. At the end of plebe year, midshipmen choose a major course of study with counsel from academic and military advisors."
     
  3. 2012mom?

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    Even though 65% of all newly commissioned Ensigns must have STEM majors, one should take a couple of factors into consideration. First, a non-STEM major at USNA still has a heavy component of STEM (and other non-major) requirements. This is the reason why USNA English, history and other non-STEM majors graduate with a Bachelor of Science, NOT a Bachleor of Arts, degree.

    That said, roughly 16-27% of each recent USNA class (from the past 5 years) has been commissioned into the USMC, where (I am reasonably sure) there is no STEM requirement. Hurricane12 is a recent USNA graduate who commissioned into the USMC. She (among others) can confirm or refute this statement.
     
  4. osdad

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    Poly Sci and fly...:thumb:

    Of course, my 2/C is Physics and English dual :eek:
     
  5. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    To my (limited) knowledge, there is no USMC STEM requirement. Fun fact: for 2013+, only the USMC will allow VGEP/IGEP for the humanities. Navy types will only be allowed immediate graduate school for STEM degrees.

    I could write for hours on why the 65% STEM requirement and current emphasis for Navy is a terrible idea both in theory and in practice, but no one wants to hear that.
     
  6. 2012mom?

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    Sounds like a potential USNI Proceedings letter/column. VADM Stavridis starting writing such things as a JO, why not you????
     
  7. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    The short answer: I am no ADM Stavridis.

    The long answer: Don't think I haven't thought about it.
     

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