Department of Social Sciences
The American Politics program uses political science tools to analyze and understand the American system of government, with the goal of explaining political outcomes.
Economics is the study of how to make optimal decisions in a scarce environment. Leadership and economics go hand-in-hand. In our economics program, we focus on principles that we call "The Economic Leader," where students take what they learn in the classroom and apply economic principles to effective organizational management and leadership.
Students majoring in International Affairs (IA) study issues of conflict and cooperation in the international system. This involves examination of domestic influences on state behavior, the foreign relations of states, and characteristics of the international system.
This program is designed to provide cadets with the tools to understand the nature and causes of terrorism in the 21st century, and the multifaceted issues associated with counterterrorism policy.
The Rupert H. Johnson Grand Strategy Program at West Point offers cadets an opportunity to examine big questions about the future of the American role in the world.