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What is SCUSA?
The Student Conference on U.S. Affairs is an annual four-day conference hosted by the United States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in an effort to better understand the challenges the United States faces today. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynote speakers, and develop policy recommendations over the course of their four days at West Point. Roundtables, focusing on fifteen contemporary regional and topical issues relating to democratization, put delegates on the forefront of national issues and expose them to complex problems facing leaders today. Senior delegates (experts in their respective fields) support these discussions by providing students with real world context and guidance. Delegates conclude the conference by generating and presenting a series of policy recommendation to their peers, the best of which are published in the Undergraduate Journal of Social Sciences. SCUSA is also a twelve-month leadership development opportunity for cadets at West Point. Their goal is to reinforce SCUSA’s standing as a world-class conference organized and executed exclusively by cadets, all of whom simultaneously occupy duty positions in the Corps and maintain a demanding academic course load.
The History of SCUSA
The United States Military Academy first hosted SCUSA in 1948, approximately a century and a half after the “School by the Hudson” was founded in 1802. Since its inception, SCUSA has consistently brought the best and brightest from the nation’s top social science programs together to discuss current and emerging issues of national significance. Delegates to the 9th SCUSA conference in 1957 discussed the problems of a divided Germany and Japanese rearmament. The conference of 1977 (29th) focused on U.S. policy towards the USSR and the rapidly deteriorating nuclear situation. Most recently, delegates discussed the challenges of inequality in wealth, rights, and power, continuing the SCUSA tradition of forward-thinking and rigorous discourse.
SCUSA Objectives
  • To examine and discuss pertinent and engaging aspects of United States public and foreign policy. SCUSA seeks to highlight the interdependence of the foreign and domestic policy areas.  
  • To facilitate an increased appreciation for the complex nature of the policy-making process among a group of outstanding college students.
  • To establish and enhance civil-military relationships and to broaden delegates' contact with their contemporaries in an academic endeavor.
Made possible by:  
  • The West Point Class of '71