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History Department
Annapolis - U.S. Naval Academy, 1853. Woodblock print from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper: 1853 March 26
Bancroft Hall, 1911


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. Midshipmen majoring in History 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.

Naval History Symposium 

The History Department is the home of the world-renowned Naval History Symposium held biennially. It's the premier academic conference to showcase the latest research on naval and maritime history from experts all over the world. The 2021 Naval History Symposiium will be held 23-24 September, 2021 at the United States Naval Academy. 

2021 Naval History Symposium Call for Papers


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.

Learning Outcomes

A. collection of departmental assessment reports and documents.


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