USMA's core curriculum is based in technology, engineering, science and math, and it's complemented by in-depth study depending upon what major you choose. The academic program offers a broad background in the arts and sciences, which allows cadets to become well-rounded leaders and also prepares them for future graduate study.
You won't get lost in the crowd at West Point, because classes are small, averaging only 12 to 18 cadets; not only do you get individual attention in the classroom, but you can request tutorial sessions, if needed. There's unparalleled support by the USMA faculty, most of whom live right on campus, and, in fact, West Point is regularly at the top of lists of colleges with the most-accessible faculty. Also and this is quite different from other high-quality colleges there are no teaching assistants at West Point; each class is taught by a fully trained and highly educated faculty member.
In addition to offering a top-notch college education, the West Point curriculum develops character, competence, and intellectual abilities the essential broad base of knowledge you'll need for success as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.
At USMA, you'll participate in military training and study military science throughout your 47-month experience. Your field training will begin with Cadet Basic Training the day you enter West Point and will continue primarily in the summers as you gain opportunities to learn and practice the military skills and principles that are learned in the classroom, skills that will give you self-confidence and the assurance you'll need to effectively lead and mentor your Soldiers upon graduation.
Majors and Degrees Offered
It's a technological world out there, and of course today's Army relies heavily on science and technology. West Point offers a curriculum that readies cadets to be highly effective and intellectually skilled leaders. The academy's core curriculum consists of science, engineering, technology and math courses, and cadets choose their specialized studies from more than 40 majors that span the liberal arts, sciences and engineering disciplines that you would expect to find at any top-tier. Majors at West Point include: philosophy and literature, basic science, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, defense and strategic studies, economics, electrical engineering, electronic and information technology systems, engineering management, engineering psychology, environmental engineering, environmental geography, environmental science, environmental studies, foreign area studies (Africa, East Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East), foreign languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish), geospatial information science, history, human geography, law and legal studies, kinesiology, leadership, life science, management, mathematical sciences, mathematical studies, mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering studies, military art and science, nuclear engineering, nuclear engineering science, operations research, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, systems engineering, and systems management. At graduation, all cadets join the legendary "Long Gray Line" of West Point graduates having earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant.