Academic Program


West Point strives to admit the best and brightest each year to ensure that the classrooms are places of intellectual rigor and stimulation, places where knowledge passes not just from instructor to cadet, but from cadet to cadet as well. West Point's Academic Program serves as a foundation for the development of critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. It includes a substantive set of fully integrated core courses that, together, provide an appropriate balance between STEM, humanities, and social sciences. Cadets choose their areas of depth from 36 academic majors that span a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. The academic curriculum culminates with an integrative experience that is often an interdisciplinary and team-based project. Through the Senior Capstone experience, students draw upon and apply knowledge in their chosen majors as well as knowledge gained throughout the course of their studies. Often these projects provide real answers to real-world problems, result in presentations at academic conferences, and bring national recognition. Upon graduation, all cadets receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are fully prepared to meet the intellectual requirements of a leader in today's army. The United States Military Academy provides a top-tier undergraduate education that develops leaders of character. Our curriculum provides a grounding in the liberal arts and engineering, a study of a discipline in depth, and experiential learning opportunities that prepare cadets to think critically, internalize their professional identity, and employ their education to help build the Army and the nation’s future.

Our unique faculty model creates a blend of excellence that brings together recent Army operational experience, disciplinary expertise, and the best pedagogical approaches.

Our faculty members are exceptional teachers and accessible mentors who are committed to the development of cadets and each other.

Facets of the Academics Development Strategy

  1. 36 Academic Majors
  2. 15 Academic Minors
  3. 28 Research Centers
  4. 293 postgraduate scholarship winners over the past 10 years
  5. 150 cadets study abroad fully funded each year, currently in 33 institutions across 20 countries
  6. 1150 fully funded summer internships -700 domestic and 450 international