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wannabe2013

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How often do mids graduate with a double major or a major and minor?
In order to do these do the 2 majors or major and minor need to be similar?

How many courses would you have to validate plebe year to do this?

Have you ever heard of someone getting a double major and minor? My brother did it but he was at a civilian college (majors= economics and math, minor = comp. sci.)and I don't know if that will work.

If I got my wish I would want to do General Engineering with a Chinese Minor (which according to the website shoulb be coming soon,) which I know are kind of different.
 

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How often do mids graduate with a double major or a major and minor?
It happens but not often. Mids are already taking 16-20 hrs/semester just to complete one major. It's nearly impossible to add a second without having validated a LOT of courses.

In order to do these do the 2 majors or major and minor need to be similar?
Depends. I believe they offer language minors now. If you can validate 2 yrs of a language, you could probably use your humanities distribution requirements to earn a minor (or get very close) in a language, even as an engineering major.

Other than language, they would have to be similar. You might be able to do two humanities majors because they often have similar core requirements and you don't have the labs, which eat up your hours. I think it would be very hard to do a major and minor in the science/math/engineering disciplines. Not saying it can't be done -- just hard.

How many courses would you have to validate plebe year to do this?
Depends on what subjects you want to major/minor in and what courses you validate.

Have you ever heard of someone getting a double major and minor?
No.

My brother did it but he was at a civilian college (majors= economics and math, minor = comp. sci.)and I don't know if that will work.
Your brother did not have to take all of the other courses you need at USNA that do not count toward any major. These include seamanship, leadership, Law for Junior Officer, etc. Also, he likely did not have the general core requiements that may not count toward YOUR major (i.e., if you are a Poly Sci major at USNA, you still take calc, chem, engineering, physics, etc.). While most civilian students have SOME distribution requirements outside of their major, not nearly the number you have at USNA. For example, I was a Poly Sci major, but over half of my credit hours were not even in the humanities (let alone PS).

If I got my wish I would want to do General Engineering with a Chinese Minor (which according to the website shoulb be coming soon,) which I know are kind of different.
As noted, this MIGHT be possible.

BTW, I believe that most students who validate a number of courses elect to pursue a master's degree while at USNA rather than add to their majors/minors list. This program allows you to take courses at a local college your 1/C year and, I believe that in most cases, you can stay at USNA for up to a semester to finish your degree.
 

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You can't specifically major in General Engineering. GE is where they send people who fail or transfer out of other engineering majors but don't have enough credits to transfer to another major before graduation.
 

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Thanks for helping
I intend on validating a lot of classes, hopefully. But I see your point.
 

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I just saw the thing about GE, why don't they tell you that on the website?
 

KaMiKaZi

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Group 1s are engineering majors. Group 2s are your math and sciences. Group 3s and your humanites and social sciences.
 

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You can't specifically major in General Engineering. GE is where they send people who fail or transfer out of other engineering majors but don't have enough credits to transfer to another major before graduation.
Or (unless things have changed) where guys who had trouble in another Engineering track go in order to help get their GPA's up due to the easier courseload.

I and many classmates followed that route. Not proud of it, but in the long run it's worked out well. "General Engineering" comes across better on a resume than "Ocean Engineering" in just about every field out there EXCEPT Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture.

Can folks still directly select General Science as a major? :confused:

Group 3s and your humanites and social sciences.
Often called "Bull Majors". :wink:
 

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Zaphod, the General Science major is treated the same way as the GE major. You cannot directly selected it as your major.
 

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Zaphod, the General Science major is treated the same way as the GE major. You cannot directly selected it as your major.
Thanks for the update. That's a change from the old days.
 
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