Military Science Course of Study

Military Science Course of Study

Traditionally, Army ROTC is a four-year program. The first two years are taken in your freshman and sophomore years (Basic Course). You can take the Basic Course on a trial basis for up to two years (unless you're on an Army ROTC scholarship).

The second two years are taken in your junior and senior years (Advanced Course). And, during the summer between your junior and senior years, you will attend National Advanced Leadership Camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, which will give you hands-on training and the confidence you can't learn in the classroom.

During the Basic Course, your studies will include:

Freshman Year

  • MSC 101: Leadership and Personal Development
  • MSC 102: Introduction to Tactical Leadership

Sophomore Year

  • MSC 201: Innovative Team Leadership
  • MSC 202: Foundations of Tactical Leadership

During the Advanced Course, your studies will include:

Junior Year

  • MSC 301: Adaptive Tactical Leadership
  • MSC 302: Leadership in Changing Environments

Senior Year

  • MSC 401: Developing Adaptive Leaderstives
  • MSC 402: Leadership in a Complex World
  • MSC 421: The American Military Experience

During the summer, you may choose to further your training by attending schools such as Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, and Mountain Warfare. You may also train in places such as Hawaii, Germany, or Korea.


Basic Military Science/ROTC Courses

LEADERSHIP LAB (No Credit)

Leadership lab and physical fitness training is for all students enrolled in a Military Science class (1010/1020, 2010/2010, 3010/3020, 4010/4020) and is conducted in a non-classroom environment that includes freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. This lab is designed to provide a program of leadership application in a structured developmental process. Lab is mandatory for all contracted cadets.

MSL 1010 LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (1 s.h.)

Introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining a big-picture understanding of ROTC, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. One (1) lecture hour per week. This course is offered every fall semester.

MSL 1020 INTRODUCTION TO TACTICAL LEADERSHIP (1 s.h.)

Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. The key objective of this course is to explore in more detail the Army’s leadership philosophy and learn fundamental military concepts. One (1) lecture hour per week. This course is offered every spring semester.

MSL 2010 FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP (2 s.h.)

Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework (trait and behavior theories). Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in Leadership Labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership values and attributes through an understanding of Army rank, structure, and duties and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). Two (2) lecture hours per week. This course is offered every fall semester.

MSL 2020 FOUNDATIONS OF TACTICAL LEADERSHIP (2 s.h.)

Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex COE. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. MSL 2020 provides a smooth transition into MSL 3010. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. Two (2) lecture hours per week. This course is offered every spring semester.

MSL 2500 LEADERS TRAINING COURSE (3 s.h.)

An intensive practical application of leadership and military skills to satisfy basic course prerequisite for enrollment into the Advanced ROTC Program Courses leading to commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation. Four week summer program at Fort Knox, Kentucky for students from universities and colleges throughout the nation. This training course is only open to Cadets that have met the training requirements and have been approved by the Assistant Professor of Military Science.

Advanced Military Science/ROTC Courses

Only contracted Army ROTC cadets may enroll in the advance course of military science. Cadets in the advanced courses are required to participate in leadership labs and physical training sessions. Seniors fill leadership positions within the cadet chain of command and are responsible for the planning and execution of all cadet functions and events.

MSL 3010 ADAPTIVE TEAM LEADERSHIP (3 s.h.)

Challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the ROTC Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership abilities. Cadets at the MSL III level begin to analyze and evaluate their own leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions. Primary attention is given to preparation for LDAC and the development of leadership abilities. Three (3) lecture hours and one (1) laboratory hour per week. This course is offered every fall semester.

MSL 3020 APPLIED TEAM LEADERSHIP (3 s.h.)

Uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading tactical operations. Having learned squad-level tactics in MSL 3010, cadets now learn to lead up to platoon level. Cadets review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. They also conduct military briefings and develop proficiency in garrison operation orders. The focus is on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision making, persuading, and motivating team members in the COE. MSL 3020 cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders as they prepare to attend LDAC. Three (3) lecture hours and one (1) laboratory hour per week. This course is offered every spring semester.

MSL 3500 APPLIED MILITARY LEADERSHIP (3 s.h.)

The ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is the most important training event for an Army ROTC Cadet. The 29-day training event at Fort Knox, Kentucky, incorporates challenges that are both mentally and physically rigorous and demanding. Cadets and officer candidates must excel at LDAC to be considered competitive for a commission as an Army officer.

MSL 4010 ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP (3 s.h.)

Develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing leadership-performance feedback to subordinates. Students are given situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide coaching to fellow ROTC students. MSL 4010 cadets are measured by their ability both to give and receive systematic and specific feedback on leadership abilities. Cadets at the MSL 4010 level analyze and evaluate the leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions of MSL 3010 Cadets while simultaneously considering their own leadership skills. Attention is given to preparation for BOLC and the development of leadership abilities. Three (3) lecture hours and one (1) laboratory hour per week. This course is offered every fall semester.

MSL 4020 LEADERSHIP IN A COMPLEX WORLD (3 s.h.)

Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the COE. Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment. It uses case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises to prepare cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned officers in the United States Army. Three (3) lecture hours and one (1) laboratory hour per week. This course is offered every spring semester.

MSL 4210 THE AMERICAN MILITARY EXPERIENCE (3 s.h.)

American military history from the Colonial Period to the present with emphasis on the interrelationship of war and society. Open to all students. Cross listed as HIS 4210.

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