The History Department of the United States Naval Academy offers a wide variety of courses in many different areas of American, European, and world history. Each year approximately 90 midshipmen graduate from the Naval Academy with a B.S. degree in History.
In addition to the standard major, there is a special honors major in which selected students may participate. One or two students each year are also selected for the Trident Scholar program and the Voluntary Graduate Education Program.
The History Department sponsors several awards annually, including the Horace Porter and Merrill Bartlett Prizes. The History Department also sponsors the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fitzgerald Scholarship programs at the Naval Academy. Recipients of these prestigious awards are funded to continue their studies at leading universities in the U.S. and Europe. Every year, in addition, qualifying midshipmen are inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the national History honor society.
The civilian and military faculty of the History Department includes specialists in many areas of history.