Areas of Study

US News and World Report has recognized VMI as one of the top four public liberal arts colleges in the nation for the last nine years, following only the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

VMI's Academic Program offers a rigorous curriculum that produces educated and internationally engaged citizens of character. It includes a broad four-year core curriculum and 14 nationally recognized majors in engineering, natural science and mathematics, social sciences and arts and humanities.

VMI believes that academic excellence is best maintained at a small college when the number of disciplines offering degrees is restricted. The choice between a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree is made before the cadet enters VMI, but transfer from one major field of study to another is permitted. (Some restrictions do apply.)

  • A cadet may be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in applied mathematics, chemistry, civil engineering, computer information science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or psychology 
  • A cadet may be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in economics and business, English, history, international studies and political science, modern languages and cultures, or psychology 
  • Either a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree may be awarded in biology, chemistry or psychology

The academic program is organized into five divisions whose work is coordinated by a Council of Heads comprised of the Academic Department Heads representing the majors.  These divisions are Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Information & Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Natural Sciences.