Course Descriptions

MILITARY SCIENCE (MS)

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.

MS 101 Introduction to Physical Fitness (1)

Hands-on participatory course following the Army’s physical fitness program. Classes conducted three days per week with army R.O.T.C. cadets. Focus is on aerobic conditioning, muscular strength and endurance. Repeatable three times.

MS 105 Introduction to Military Science I (2)

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 R.O.T.C. program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

MS 105L Introduction to Military Science I Lab (1)

Practical application in adventure training, one-rope bridges, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. Prerequisites: MS 105 or concurrent registration.

MS 106 Introduction to Military Science II (2)

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.

MS 106L Introduction to Military Science II Lab (1)

Practical application in adventure training, one-rope bridges, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. Prerequisites: MS 106 or concurrent registration.

MS 205 Intermediate Military Science I (3)

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. Leadership laboratory for contracted cadets required 2 hours per week.

MS 206 Intermediate Military Science II (3)

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 MS 305. Leadership laboratory for contacted cadets required 2 hours per week.

MS 207 ROTC Basic Camp (6)

Four-week summer course conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Substitutes for R.O.T.C. basic course (MS 105, MS 106, MS 205, and MS 206) and fulfills course requirement for admission to R.O.T.C. advanced courses. Credit will be given for MS 207 or basic courses, but not both. Prerequisite: consent of Professor of Military Science and must meet physical requirements dictated by camp director.

MS 305 Leading Small Organizations I (4)

(2-hr Lecture, 2-hr Lab) Challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills with demands of the R.O.T.C.   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. Writing intensive. Co-requisite: MS 101. Prerequisites: MS 105, MS 106, MS 205, and MS 206; or consent of instructor.

MS 306 Leading Small Organizations II (4)

(2-hr Lecture, 2-hr Lab) 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 R.O.T.C. 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. Co-requisite: MS 101. Prerequisites: MS 105, MS 106, MS 205, MS 206, and MS 305; or MS 305 and consent of instructor.

MS 307 ROTC Advanced Camp (6)

Six-week summer field training exercise conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington. Arduous and intensified leadership training is conducted throughout the six-week period. Required for U.S. Army commissioning. Prerequisites: MS 305, MS 306, and consent of instructor.

MS 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 R.O.T.C. students, with few exceptions to non-R.O.T.C. students. Writing intensive. A to F only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MS 399 Directed Reading and Research (5)

Limited to military science students who have had at least one previous military science course for which a grade of B or higher was earned and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, writing intensive. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MS 400 Fundamentals of Leadership (3)

Introduces students to the fundamentals of leadership. Activities challenge students to connect theory to practice, develop positive relationships through application of effective leadership concepts for leader development, and team-building.

MS 405 Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting (4)

(2-hr Lecture, 2-hr Lab) 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 R.O.T.C. cadets; challenged to analyze, evaluate, and instruct younger cadets. Writing intensive. Co-requisite: MS 101. Prerequisites: MS 105, MS 106, MS 205, MS 206, MS 305, and MS 306; or MS 305, MS 306, and consent of instructor.

MS 406 Transition to Lieutenant (4)

(2-hr Lecture, 2-hr Lab) Explores dynamics of leading on complex situation of current military operation. 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 nation 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. Co-requisite: MS 101. Prerequisites: MS 105, MS 106, MS 205, MS 206, MS 305, MS 306, and MS 405; or MS 305, MS 306, MS 405, and consent of instructor.

MS 499 Advanced Military Reading and Research Variable (2 to 4)

Limited to military science students (Army R.O.T.C. cadets) or military personnel completing an advanced degree. Student/cadet conducts detailed research on a finite military topic and then presents to the department chair and MS 400 series students. The presentation of material is divided between discussions, topic reviews, presentations, and independent research. This course will cover military topics selected by the students and approved by the department chair. The focus is the contemporary issues facing the military relevant to future junior leaders in the United States Army and its role in American society and global developments. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.