Military Science (MSL)

ROTC Programs

A weekly two-hour leadership laboratory is required for courses numbered 200 and above. This laboratory is optional for the 100-level courses. The laboratory includes practical application of leadership skills, land navigation, basic tactical skills, and physical fitness training.

100. Introduction to Physical Fitness (1) Hands-on participatory course following the Army's physical fitness program. Classes conducted three days per week with Army ROTC cadets. Focus is on aerobic conditioning, muscular strength and endurance. Repeatable three times.

101. Introduction to Military Science I (2) (F) Introduces cadets to personal challenges and competencies critical for effective leadership; personal development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management related to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Focus on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army Leadership Dimensions while understanding the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

101L. Introduction to Military Science I Lab (1) (F) Practical application in adventure training, one-rope bridges, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. (Pre- or co-requisite MSL 101).

102. Introduction to Military Science II (2) (W) Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback and using effective writing skills. Explores leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Cadre role models and building stronger relationships among cadets through common experience and practical interaction are critical.

102L. Introduction to Military Science II Lab (1) (W) Practical application in adventure training, one-rope bridges, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. (Pre- or co-requisite MSL 102).

201. Intermediate Military Science I (3) (F) Explores creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles through historical case studies and engaging in interactive student exercises. Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building by planning, executing, and assessing team exercises. Focus is on continued development of leadership values and attributes through understanding of rank, uniform, customs and courtesies.

202. Intermediate Military Science II (3) (W) Challenges of leading complex, contemporary operational environments. Dimensions of cross-cultural challenges of leadership in a constantly changing world are highlighted and applied to practical Army leadership tasks and situations. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they practice communication and team building skills, and tactics in real world scenarios. Provides a smooth transition to MSL 301.

301. Leading Small Organizations I (4) (F) (2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab per week) Challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills with demands of the ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations will develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets will receive systematic, specific feedback on their leadership abilities, and analyze/evaluate their leadership values, attributes, skills and actions. (Prerequisites: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202; or consent).

302. Leading Small Organizations II (4) (W) (2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab per week) Intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Decision making, persuading, and motivating team members under fire are explored, evaluated, and developed. Military operations are reviewed to prepare for the ROTC LDAC. Cadets apply principles of Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures; and are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders. (Prerequisites: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202; or consent).

391. History of Military Warfare (3) Lecture/discussion on the art and science of warfare with concentration on U.S. military history from the Colonial Period onward. Generally restricted to Army ROTC students, with few exceptions to non-ROTC students. Writing intensive. A-F only. (Prerequisite: consent).

401. Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting (4) (F) (2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab per week) Develops proficiency to plan, execute, and assess complex operations; function as a staff member, provide leadership performance feedback to subordinates. Situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide coaching to fellow ROTC cadets; challenged to analyze, evaluate, and instruct younger cadets. Writing intensive. (Prerequisites: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202, MSL 301, and MSL 302; or consent).

402. Transition to Lieutenant (4) (W) (2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab per week) Explores dynamics of leading in complex situations of current military operations. Examines differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Interaction with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nations support are examined and evaluated. Case studies, scenarios, and What Now, Lieutenant? exercises prepare cadets to lead as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. (Prerequisites: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202, MSL 301, MSL 302, and MSL 401; or consent).