The history curriculum is designed to produce men and women educated in the responsibilities of citizenship. It prepares cadets for graduate schools of history or government, and for occupations in which the ability to understand backgrounds, grasp issues, and manage affairs is essential, e.g., law, business, politics, government service, and the armed forces.
The curriculum, with proper electives, fully meets the requirements for admission to outstanding schools of law and graduate programs in business administration and management, as well as history. By concentrating electives in a specific subject area, cadets can acquire both the broad outlook offered by history and the specific outlook of other disciplines.
The cadet majoring in history receives, first of all, training in the natural sciences, mathematics, and the English language as an instrument of written and oral communication. Additionally the cadet learns a foreign language. History courses cover the principal fields of modern European, Middle Eastern, South and East Asian, Latin American, African, and American history.
Rather than merely cataloguing events of the past, these courses emphasize an understanding of developments and problems, and give attention to social, economic, and cultural phenomena, as well as political and constitutional problems.
Opportunities for Graduate Study in History as Commissioned Officers in the Armed Forces
History majors who take a commission in the armed forces have several options for attending graduate school. The Army will send junior officers on active duty (usually captains) to graduate school in history in preparation for a tour as instructors at the Military Academy; the Air Force has a similar program for instructors at the Air Force Academy. The Marine Corps and Navy are unlikely to send officers to graduate school in history, but reserve officers in any branch can attend graduate school full time while drilling as a member of a reserve unit. The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps have commissioning programs in conjunction with attendance at law school; cadets should consult service recruiters for details. Admission to any of these programs is competitive, and it is important for applicants to present clear evidence of academic merit. The Department of History encourages alumni who are considering applying for admission to graduate school to contact departmental mentors for advice regarding programs as well as the preparation of applications.
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