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Academic Programs

The Corps' Academic Program: The leader development program of the Corps is made up of three legs: academic; experiential; and physical fitness. The Academic Program is supervised by the Rice Center and consists of 17 accredited courses.

Eight of the courses, collectively called Corps Lab, are a requirement for all first-year and sophomore cadets to take. Corps Lab is strong encouraged for junior and senior cadets, too.

Another eight courses, called ProLab, are designed for cadets in the Citizen-Leader Track to prepare them for a career in business, industry, nonprofits, and government. These courses are required for all cadets in that track and are equivalent to the courses the Military-Track cadets receive through their ROTC programs.    

Academic Minor in Leadership Studies: Cadets have the opportunity to demonstrate a higher degree of engagement and leader development through their pursuit and completion of the academic Leadership Minor – Corps of Cadets.

Leaders in Action Program: Each semester, notable guest speakers are invited to campus to address the regiment on topics of leadership and ethics. Included in this program is the Gunfighters Panel. This discussion involves Corps alumni from all walks of life who talk about their experiences during and after their time in the Corps. Their focus is on the lessons learned as a cadet and how those lessons have served them in their pursuit to be a global, ethical leader in their careers. 

Cutchins Distinguished Lecture Series: Endowed by a generous alumnus and named for another distinguished alumnus, Clifford  A. Cutchins III ’44 (’47), this speaker series brings to campus a nationally known personality who speaks on the topics of leadership and ethics. Past speakers include: Gen. Colin Powell, Bob Schieffer, Stephen Ambrose, Gov. Tom Ridge, and Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Open to the public and held in Burruss Auditorium, this event is usually held each March.

Virginia Tech Honors College: The Corps works closely with the Honors College to help cadets work towards honors diplomas, prestigious scholarships, and other certifications. Any cadet with a 3.6 or higher GPA is eligible to apply, and many of the activities in the Corps can be used to fulfill the requirements for the Honors College.

Virginia Tech's Academic Resources: Cadets can take advantage of all of the university resources, such as the Student Success Center (including Tutoring Programs), the Writing Center, and Career and Professional Development