Choosing a Major at West Point

<p>The following questions are mainly for alumni of West Point:
-What did you major in at West Point?
-How long did you serve in the army?
-Did you join the civilian work force after your army career? If so, did the career you enter correspond to your West Point major?
-In your opinion, what do you think landed your civilian job: your choice of major or your West Point degree itself?</p>

<p>I'm asking the above questions because I'm very much interested in the "Military Art and Science" major at West Point (which I just discovered existed through the 2006-2007 catalog they sent me), but because it seems to be a major that has little to no civilian counterpart, I'm hesitant of taking it. I really do want a career in the military, but I still want to keep my civilian occupation options open and I don't know if a major in "Military Art and Science" will get me there. </p>

<p>Any advice is appreciated.</p>

<p>I am look at majoring in Military History and possibly double majoring in "Military Art and science". It's more important that you have a degree rather than what it is in, for many occupations. I know an English teacher that has a degree in technology. Study what you love. That's my two cents.</p>

<p>i wouldn't major in mil art. you will learn all of the stuff from that major anyway. major in something you like. i wouldn't double major either unless you validate a ton of courses. the work load with one major is hard enough.</p>

<p>Well, coming from a prep program I should have no problem validating courses.</p>

<p>more power to you then</p>

<p>There's a saying: "You can't get a bad education at West Point". </p>

<p>Let me preface this by saying there are always exceptions. But for the vast majority of cadets the academic majors at USMA require 40-44 courses depending on the major. 24 of those courses are the same regardless of your major (some exceptions for those that validate core courses). For the remaining 16-20 courses, you must take a minimum of 2-3 engineering related courses of some sort. </p>

<p>My point is that the majority of courses cadets take are pretty similar regardless of major.</p>

<p>i want to major in Military History as well.
nothing better than a sound understanding of our past, to better facilitate our decisions for the present, and better our future.</p>

<p>What's the easiest major at West Point?</p>

<p>I doubt there is an "easiest" major... it's West Point. And "easy" is a purely relative term anyways. Depends on what you like/are good at.</p>

<p>my host when i did an overnight said he was doing mil art because it would be really easy and he doesnt care what his degree is in cause it will say west point and thats all the employer would care about. he was a pretty sweet dude.</p>

<p>i have heard management majors have the easiest time with their classes. and yes, i am a management major. but nothing is easy here, especially not the classes they make you take.</p>

<p>Depends on what you're good at. My husband would have been better off sticking with nuclear engineering because he's scary good at math and those kinds of things. Doing Military Arts and Sciences as his major was hard for him because he's not so good at the literary stuff. </p>

<p>However, Engineering Management was considered to be one of the easier majors at the Academy. Systems was supposedly the easiest engineering track, but I took Environmental and found it very easy. A little algebra, a little critical thinking, lots of tree hugging and recycling. Plus, it's useful. I could explain to my captain that the white stuff in the drinking water wouldn't kill him, it was just calcium deposits. :)</p>

<p>I double majored in Human Geography and a Middle Eastern Foreign Area Study. For my foreign area study, I'm able to take a bunch of classes from different departments, as well as study Arabic for the rest of my time here. I just dropped Human Geography since I'm doing a study abroad in Jordan. DFL is a GREAT Department to major in. I've already traveled to egypt and amsterdam, and then this summer I have a 3 week AIAD to Egypt. Second semester next year I get to study abroad at a civilian school. There are so many incredible opportunities, and DFL is a really close department, particularly within your individual language.</p>

<p>That's good to hear, I wanted to do some language/culture stuff. Do you know if they're ever gonna start teaching Farsi there? Seems like a good one, especially if Portuguese made the cut!</p>

<p>yeah, dfl is a good department. i just went on a spring break trip through them to brazil, all expenses paid. and there was a lot of free time to do what we wanted. you also have the chance to study abroad which is a good getaway from the academy for a semester.</p>

<p>They're starting to teach Farsi next year, but as an elective rather than a main course. It'll basically be like the way they're teaching Hebrew now.</p>

<p>whats Farsi....</p>

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<p>Farsi is the language spoken in Iran.</p>

<p>aka Persian</p>