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  • The Military Science Department offers a minor in military science and trains and commissions the future leadership of the U.S. Army and the nation. The department's courses teach leadership skills that are highly sought by both the public sector and private industry.

    Students who enroll in military science classes incur no military obligation nor commit themselves to continue taking military science courses (unless they commit to earning a Presidential Commission as a U.S. Army Officer in the Active Army, Army Reserves, or Army National Guard). Students may add, drop, or withdraw from military science courses as in any other academic program. Get an overview of the ROTC program.

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     Military Science Course Listings

    All cadets need to register for their respective Military Science courses whether or not credit is needed toward your overall graduation requirements.

    Freshman Fall Semester
    MS 111 - Leadership and Personal Development - 2 credit hrs.

    Freshman Spring Semester
    MS 112 - Intro to Tactical Leadership -2 credit hrs.

    Sophomore Fall Semester
    MS 211 - Innovative Team Leadership - 3 credit hrs.

    Sophomore Spring Semester
    MS 212 - Foundation of Tactical Leadership - 3 credit hrs.

    Junior Fall Semester
    MS 311 - Adaptive Tactical Leadership - 3 credit hrs.

    Junior Spring Semester
    MS 312 - Leadership in Changing Environment -3 credit hrs.

    Junior Summer Semester
    MS 313 - Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) - 3 credit hrs.

    Senior Fall Semester
    MS 411 - Developing Adaptive Leaders - 3 credit hrs.

    Senior Spring Semester
    MS 412 - Leadership in a Complete World - 3 credit hrs.

    MS 111 LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT—(2). Introduces students 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 the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

    MS 112 INTRODUCTION TO TACTICAL LEADERSHIP—(2). Overviews leadership fundamental such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Students explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical , hands-on, and interactive exercises. Continued emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of students. Cadre role models and the building of stronger relationships among the students through common experience and practical interaction are critical aspects of the MSL 112 experience.

    MS 211 INNOVATIVE TEAM LEADERSHIP—(3). 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). Students 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).

    MS 212 FOUNDATIONS OF TACTICAL LEADERSHIP—(3). Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment (COE). The course highlights dimension 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. This course provides a smooth transition into MS 311. Students 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.

    MS 311 ADAPTIVE TACTICAL LEADERSHIP—(3). Challenges students to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Students receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, students continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. The focus is developing students’ tactical leadership abilities to enable them to succeed at ROTC’s summer Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

    MS 312 LEADERSHIP IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENTS—(3). Uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build student awareness and skills in leading tactical operations up to platoon level. Students 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 contemporary operating environment (COE). MSL 312 students are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders as they prepare to attend the ROTC summer Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC).

    NURSE 313 ARMY ROTC NURSING—(3). An elective course for nurse students in the ROTC program for the purposes of training nurse students to Army standards, developing leadership and evaluating officer potential. As part of the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP). N 313 provides a supplement to on-campus instruction with a focus on leadership. Prerequisite: ROTC MS III standing.

    MS 313 LEADER DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT COURSE (LDAC)—(3). Warrior Forge: A five-week summer training course held at Fort Lewis, Washington. The course is designed to develop leadership in a demanding environment and to evaluate the student’s officer potential. Students are ranked upon the completion of this training. Topics include confidence training, weapons familiarization, land navigation, and small unit tactics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the MS III course of study.

    MS 411 DEVELOPING ADAPTIVE LEADER—(3). Develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Students assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC students. Lessons on military justice and personnel processes prepare students to make the transition to Army officers. MSL IV students analyze, evaluate, and instruct students at lower levels. Both their classroom and battalion leadership experiences are designed to prepare MSL 411 students for their first unit of assignment. They identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates.

    MS 412 LEADERSHIP IN A COMPLEX WORLD—(3). Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE). Students 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 non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing students for their first unit of assignment. It uses case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises to prepare students to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned officers in the United States Army.

    MS 491 INDIVIDUAL STUDY—(1-4).