Academic Program

Cadets should expect a rigorous academic environment with VMI’s Academic Program. It encourages life-long learning and develops citizens of character who anticipate, respond, and lead in a complex and changing world. The program is also designed to cultivate the characteristics of a VMI graduate.

VMI’s core curriculum enables cadets to communicate effectively, process information, solve problems, appreciate cultures, and dedicate their lives to public service. Want to learn more? Here's more on the core curriculum's program goals and learning outcomes.

The Core Curriculum at the Institute is divided into four components: 


Student labels part of a sciecne experiment during class.

Key Competencies

  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 1 hour
  • Scientific Analysis – 8 hours
  • Mathematical Reasoning – 6 hours
  • Physical Education – 4 hours
VMI cadets during field training exercise as part of ROTC requirement at this military college.

Foundations of Citizenship and Leadership

Students at VMI present their research fieldwork projects completed as part of an English course with the VMI archives.

Perspectives on Civilization and Human Achievement

  • World History – 6 hours
  • Civilizations and Cultures – 2 courses, one of which may be replaced by a credit-bearing, Institute-approved study abroad experience
VMI cadets solve equations as part of a mathematics capstone course.

Integrative Experiences

  • Writing-Intensive Courses – 2 courses, one of which must be in the cadet's major
  • Capstone Experience – variable

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