Choosing an Academic Major

 

Guidance on Choosing a Major

Brigadier General Shane Reeves, Dean of the Academic Board at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, offers guidance to the Class of 2025 on choosing from the 36 majors offered at USMA and setting goals for their academic future. View the video.

Choosing a Major



Brigadier General Shane Reeves, Dean of the Academic Board at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, offers guidance to the Class of 2025 on choosing from the 36 majors offered at USMA and setting goals for their academic future.

Major FAQs

NOTE:  Some links on this page may require a West Point password to access.

Please visit the Majors and Minors page on westpoint.edu to explore our 36 majors and 19 minors. Our departments have also created an easy-to-browse Class of 2025 Majors Brochure that you can download and review.

Please explore our Curriculum Handbook, also called the Redbook. Part 2 - Disciplinary Offerings describes the learning outcomes for each academic major, and Part 4 - Majors and Minors lists the course requirements for each major as well as the minors available to each class.

Unfortunately, a few of our majors must cap enrollment due to limited faculty to resource our smaller sections.  The majors that establish a cap vary by year, but, for the Class of 2024, the following majors were capped: 

 

Major

Capped at

Kinesiology 16
Management around 60
Psychology around 60
Law and Legal Studies around 60
Life Science around 40

 

The criteria for acceptance to a capped major varies, but the following is true:

  • It will not be first come, first served.
  • Some require an essay that describes your interest in their major.
  • Some also use data from your first semester prior to the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) to help identify the best candidates for their major.

After you've done all your research and you are ready to make a final decision, you have to see a Department Academic Counselor or an advisor at Academic Affairs and Registrar Services (AARS) so they can enroll you. CACs and other faculty cannot enroll you.  Enrollments can only be made during the signup period, which is typically from mid-January to early March of your plebe year.

Additional Resources

ACADEMIC ADVISORS

BY DEPARTMENT

Still Have Questions?

Contact the Registrar

Located in Taylor Hall

845-938-5324

Associate Dean, Deputy for Operations and Registrar Services, Dr. Russ Lachance

Associate Dean, Registrar, Dr. Jim Dalton