American Foundations Minor American Foundations Minor The American Foundations minor focuses on providing an enhanced understanding and appreciation of the American founding and the U.S. Constitution. Breadcrumb american foundations minor Majors-and-Minors-left MENU Explore Academic Majors and Minors Academic Majors American Politics Major Applied Statistics and Data Sciences Major Chemical Engineering Major Chemistry Major Civil Engineering Major Computer Science Major Cyber Science Major Defense and Strategic Studies Major Economics Major Electrical Engineering Major Engineering Management Major Engineering Psychology Major English Major Environmental Engineering Major Environmental Science Major Foreign Area Studies: Africa Major Foreign Area Studies: East Asia Major Foreign Area Studies: Eurasia Major Foreign Area Studies: Europe Major Foreign Area Studies: Latin America Major Foreign Area Studies: Middle East Major Foreign Language: Arabic Major Foreign Language: Chinese Major Foreign Language: French Major Foreign Language: German Major Foreign Language: Persian Major Foreign Language: Portuguese Major Foreign Language: Russian Major Foreign Language: Spanish Major Geography Major Geospatial Information Science Major History Major International Affairs Major Kinesiology Major Law and Legal Studies Major Life Science Major Management Major Mathematical Sciences Major Mechanical Engineering Major Nuclear Engineering Major Operations Research Major Philosophy Major Physics Major Sociology Major Space Science Major Systems & Decision Sciences Major Systems Engineering Major Academic Minors Aeronautical Engineering Minor America in the World Minor American Foundations Minor Applied Statistics Minor Cyber Security Minor Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor Engineering Management Minor General History Minor Geography Minor Grand Strategy Minor Network Science Minor Nuclear Science Minor Photonics Minor Regional Studies Minor Robotics Minor Space Science Minor Systems Engineering Minor Terrorism Studies Minor War Technology and Society Minor Guidance on Choosing an Academic Major Overview Courses Enrichment American Foundations is an interdisciplinary minor co-sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences and the Department of History. At the end of their 47-month experience, cadets commission as second lieutenants and take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Yet many cadets, like many Americans, possess only a limited knowledge of the Constitution, the contexts from which it emerged, and the specific features of the democratic republic Americans created when they ratified this revolutionary plan for the government of their society. The American Foundations minor creates an interdisciplinary community of cadets and faculty members who, as the result of rigorous analysis, at USMA and within the Army can enrich and enhance an understanding and appreciation of the American founding and the Constitution. To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Social Sciences. Podcast: West Point cadets on why they chose to major in Social Sciences Required Cornerstone Course SS386 POLITICAL THOUGHT AND IDEAS History Foundation Elective HI390 EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA HI394 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA Required Capstone Tutorial XH476 TUTORIAL IN AM FNDTNS Required Core Electives The course selected as the history foundation course cannot be selected from this list. EN321 AMERICAN LITERATURE I HI340 COLONIAL AMERICA HI390 EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA HI394 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA LW475 ADV CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SEM PY370 17TH & 18TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY SS376 AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT SS385 HISTORY OF ECONOMICS Cadets who select this minor can participate in the Domestic Affairs Forum where they learn about domestic politics and government through a variety of experiences including round tables, mentorship programs, panel discussions, and numerous trip sections across North America. They may also engage with the Model UN. Cadets who selects this minor can also expect to meet expert guest speakers, travel on exciting trip sections, and to have the opportunity to compete for Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience at locations like The White House, Congress, and the Pentagon. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Social Sciences.