Plebe Year Classes

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  1. newhampshirecandidate

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    This may have already been discussed on another thread - if so my apologies, but I was just curious as to what sorts of classes you can take as a Plebe. From most of what I've heard or been told it seems like there isn't a lot of choice plebe year but if any mids/grads would be willing to share I'd appreciate it.
     
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    From the USNA online course catalog:

    Core Curriculum
    In four years at the Naval Academy, midshipmen are required to take certain core courses to make sure they are well prepared for the principal career choices available to Navy and Marine Corps officers. Through required courses in engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities, professional military subjects and physical education, the Naval Academy gives midshipmen a balanced education for virtually any career path in the
    operating forces of our country’s naval services.
    During the first year at the Academy, all courses are part of the required core curriculum. These required courses form the foundation for the more advanced courses, core and major, chosen by upperclass midshipmen. Some core requirements in the upperclass years have alternative courses from which to choose, depending on your academic background, abilities and
    major. Courses in your academic major also prepare you for advanced professional training and postgraduate education, which are expected of nearly all naval officers.

    The typical academic schedule for plebes includes five courses in each of two semesters:
    Plebe year, first semester — 16 credit hours
    • Calculus I — Most begin here, some validate and are placed into later calculus
    courses, and a few plebes not ready for calculus take a pre-calculus course that does
    not count as part of the minimum mathematics requirement.
    • Chemistry I — This foundation science course includes two hours of laboratories
    each week.
    • U.S. Government and Constitutional Development — The foundation of
    American democracy.
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    • Preparing to Lead – Baseline course for leader development; introduces basic
    concepts of self-knowledge, self-leadership, and leading others.
    • Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature I — Most plebes take this class; some
    will start with a practical writing course that prepares for this class.
    • Fundamentals of Naval Science — The basic elements of shipboard
    operation, organization and propulsion.

    Plebe year, second semester — 18 credit hours
    • Calculus II — Continuation of the first-semester course.
    • Chemistry II — Continuation of the first-semester course.
    • American Naval Heritage — A history of this country’s Navy.
    • Introduction to Navigation
    • Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature II.
    A few midshipmen who give evidence of the ability to learn a critical language (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian) may be selected to begin study of the language in plebe year. This is arranged by postponing the government and naval history courses.
     
  4. Tobes

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    How would someone show that they are capable of learning a critical language?
     
  5. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    It's changed a little since the plebes take a cybersecurity course now. I think they moved around Nav I? Not sure.

    As far as critical languages go, it may have changed but you didn't really have to demonstrate any ability my plebe year. We were working on our schedules with professors over plebe summer and I asked the prof if I could take Russian. He said sure, and that was that.
     
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    Thanks for the help guys. I kind of realized it was basically set but I didn't have too much idea of what the actual classes were so thanks for the heads up.
     

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