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Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by StayingPositive, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. StayingPositive

    StayingPositive Member

    Oct 26, 2013
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    Just a quick question, I wanted to major in Mechanical Engineering but also wanted to minor in a language. Is that possible or no? I'm asking because from some people I heard a majority of midshipmen major in something and minor in something else, but other people say that it is really difficult to minor in something at the academy because you have to validate a lot of tests? Can someone minor in something without validating any subjects?
  2. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012 5-Year Member

    Jan 14, 2011
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    It's possible but pretty difficult. With a major like MechE, you would almost definitely have to either validate some classes or overload/take voluntary summer school (=no leave).

    Most people do not minor in anything. The most common people to minor in stuff without validation are Group III majors who use their non-major electives to hit the requirements for a minor.
  3. CAmom2015

    CAmom2015 5-Year Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    My DS is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Russian. He only validated Spanish as a plebe. Some semesters he has a heavy load, but he doesn't mind as he really likes learning Russian. I'm not sure how much more difficult it would be if your major is Mechanical Engineering. So far he has not had to take any summer school.
  4. COmom

    COmom 5-Year Member

    Aug 25, 2011
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    As usual, Hurricane is right on. Son is MechE, has validated some classes and still is taking a full course load. He has some flexibility because of the validations but plans on going abroad so that "uses up" some of his ability to take other classes.

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