If the U.S. Naval Academy’s curriculum were to be created today from scratch in a historical vacuum, the current course of study and requirements likely would be inverted. Rather than having a heavy science-technology-engineering-mathematics (STEM) focus (presently, 65 percent of midshipmen major in STEM), the curriculum would be more of a humanities-based education. It is widely agreed that the main components of officership are writing and critical thinking, which are best developed through education in the humanities. These attributes clearly are within the intent of the Naval Academy’s mission to “graduate leaders . . . to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government." The Naval Academy should lessen STEM course requirements and require a more humanities-based education to better fulfill its mission and prepare its graduates to be naval leaders.
Rethinking the Naval Academy Curriculum
By Midshipman First Class W. Kirk Wolff, U.S. Navy