Department of English & Philosophy

Department of English & Philosophy

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About the Department

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. 

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. 

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Majors

Cadets may choose to major in English or Philosophy.

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Research

The West Point Humanities Center (WPHC) is dedicated to the principle that the human dimension lies at the core of both the Army’s identity and war itself.

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Internships

Cadets have the opportunity to apply for a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience.

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Events & Activities

Check out the recurring Ethics of War and Peace conference, hosted by our department!

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Clubs & Programs

The Department of English and Philosophy is a proud steward of the Cadet Humanities Forum. These clubs and forums encourage cadet artistic development, creativity, and appreciation for the arts at West Point.

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ATTN: MADN-DEP
United States Military Academy
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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

Prospective Staff & Faculty

Want to learn more about becoming an Academic Instructor in the ​Department of English and Philosophy?​

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