Grand Strategy Minor Grand Strategy Minor The grand strategy minor offers an opportunity to examine big questions about America's future role in the world. Cadets will learn how states allocate resources to pursue foreign policy goals and the logic underpinning the actions they take, to shape the world around them. Breadcrumb grand strategy 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 The grand strategy minor adopts a dynamic and interdisciplinary philosophy and prepares cadets to think strategically through an academically rigorous approach to problem-solving that emphasizes critical, holistic, and creative thinking. Cadets will study the theory and practice of grand strategy over a wide range of countries and time periods. Cadets will graduate ready to serve as strategic thinkers who can make informed decisions about complex, uncertain situations -- a skill that will serve them well in the Army and beyond. This major offers an honors track. 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 Courses SS457 INTRODUCTION TO GRAND STRATEGY SS458 TOPICS IN GRAND STRATEGY Sample Electives SS378 ADV INTL RELATIONS THEORY SS478 DIST PROF OF SECURITY STUD SEM SS480 PUBLIC POLICYMAKING PROCESS SS481 POLITICS OF DEFENSE POLICY SS483 NATIONAL SECURITY SEMINAR SS486 INTERNATIONAL SECURITY SEMINAR SS489 ADV INDIV STUDY IN SOC SCI SS490A COLLOQUIUM (AMER POLITICS) SS490B COLLOQUIUM (COMP POLITICS) SS490C COLLOQUIUM (INTER RELATIONS) XH397 GRAND STRATEGY FIELD STUDY To learn more, view the full Grand Strategy Minor Curriculum. A key part of the minor is the capstone experience we offer through XH397, a for-credit summer field study course. In the past, XH397 cadets traveled to East Asia, Greece, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Estonia. In addition to this summer experience, the Grand Strategy program offers discussion-based seminar courses, exciting policy-focused trip sections and workshops, and expert guest speakers. This major offers an honors track. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Social Sciences or the center associated with this department/area of study.