Academic Program

The core curriculum at VMI is designed to cultivate the characteristics of a VMI graduate, a leader able to anticipate and respond in a continually changing world. This curriculum will enable each cadet to communicate effectively, process information, solve problems, appreciate other cultures, and dedicate their lives to public service.

The Core Curriculum is organized into four components:

Key Competencies

Written Communication – 6 hours

Oral Communication – 1 hour

Scientific Analysis – 8 hours

Mathematical Reasoning – 6 hours

Physical Education – 4 hours

Foundations of Citizenship and Leadership

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) 12 hours

Leadership in Organizations – 3 hours

Perspectives on Civilization and Human Achievement

World History – 6 hours

Civilizations and Cultures – 2 courses

Integrative Experiences

Writing-Intensive Courses – 2 courses

Capstone Experience – variable

Core Curriculum - Academic Program Goals and Learning Outcomes