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English and Philosophy

English and Philosophy

Department Vision:

The Department of English and Philosophy develops and mentors cadets primarily through its two vibrant majors and three core courses.  In addition to the Academy's core courses of EN101, EN102, and PY201, the department offers majors in both literature and philosophy.  The major in English affords cadets the opportunity to refine skills of analysis and creativity and enrich their imaginative capacities by studying the literary and artistic expressions of both Anglo-American and global cultures.  In addition to an emphasis on Ethics and Just War theory, the major in philosophy encourages cadets to investigate the very nature of human knowledge; the relationship between mind and matter; and fundamental principles of the kind that underlie religion, science, and politics.

Ethics of War and Peace Conference

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which officially ended World War One.  The treaty is infamous for failing to resolve the conflict and setting the stage for World War Two.  As the United States struggles to find resolutions to its two longest wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we will gather to examine the theme, "How to End a War: Peace, Justice, and Repair."  This topic incorporates the issue of jus post bellum: justice in settlements, punishments, and reparations.  However, the theme is broader than typical jus post bellum discussions, involving general social and political issues including reconciliation, forgiveness, tolerance, memorialization, moral injury and repair.


Summer Academic Internships

On average, 150 cadets study abroad each year at 33 different institutions in 20 different countries. Cadets participate in 1150 Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) programs each year. 

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Department of English and Philosophy
Building 607 Cullum Road, Room 323
West Point, New York 10996

Phone Number: (845) 938-2058