Its site, Fort Severn, was obtained from the War Department. The first Superintendent was Commander Franklin Buchanan. The civilian line positions of Academic Dean and Dean of Admissions were established, reporting directly to the Superintendent. Grouping of academic departments under Division Directors was discontinued, and academic departments were placed directly under the Academic Dean. By virtue of an Act of Congress approved on 8 July 1939, the Superintendent was authorized to confer the degree upon all living graduates.
Under the Academy's recent validating, elective, minors, and majors programs advanced undergraduate courses have become a reality for every midshipman.
Prior to 1845, the majority of a midshipman's training was conducted aboard ship under the ship's chaplain.
Supplementary training was provided from time to time at various schools ashore.
Annual Register OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS, MD. The basic curriculum consists of a core curriculum of 36 courses (two during second class summer) plus an elected minors program of six courses.
NAVPERS 15,019 — 1967-1968 — ONE HUNDRED TWENTY THIRD ACADEMIC YEAR Annual Register UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY JUNE 7, 1967 ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-THIRD ACADEMIC YEAR CONTENTS The United States Naval Academy v Naval Academy Superintendents xi The Board of Visitors xii The Academic Advisory Board xiii The Academic Board xiii Directory of Faculty, Staff, and Supporting Activities 1 Midshipmen Officers and Petty Officers, Final Detail, Class of 1967 29 Statistical Data of the Graduating Class, Class of 1967 36 Explanation of Symbols and Abbreviations Used with Merit Roll for the Completed Course and with Reports of Relative Standing for Academic Year 1966-67 39 Merit Roll for the Completed Course, Class of 1967 41 Reports of Relative Standing at Completion of Academic Year 1966-67 Class of 1967 55 Class of 1968 63 Class of 1969 71 Class of 1970 7 80 Summary of Majors Awarded by Academic Department— Class of 1967 89 Award of Majors to Individual Members of the Graduating Class 90 Explanation of Symbols Used in the List of Midshipmen of the Incoming Fourth Class (Class of 1971) to indicate Method of Qualifying Scholastically and Source of Appointment 96 Midshipmen of the Fourth Class, Academic Year 1967-68 98 Deaths, Resignations, Discharges, etc 121 Recapitulation of Membership and Separations, Academic Year 1966-67 129 Recapitulation of Membership and Separations, Beginning of Academic Year 1967-68 ... Its primary mission is to prepare young men for careers as officers in the U. A minimum of 1 44 semester hours is required for graduation.