Military Science Classes

Regardless of your career plans, Army ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is one of the smartest college courses you can take. It offers you the confidence, self-discipline, and leadership skills necessary for you to succeed in college and to be competitive in the job market. ROTC is an elective course that provides a combination of academics and important hands-on training. Throughout ROTC, you’ll be offered physical and mental challenges geared to help you succeed in life. You will learn teamwork and be given responsibilities, like teaching younger cadets the same skills you have learned. You will also have the opportunity to learn land navigation skills, operations and tactics, drill and ceremony, and first aid. In addition, you will be able to participate in exciting activities like paintball competitions, rappelling, and orienteering.

For its many benefits, Army ROTC requires only a few hours a week, so it won’t interfere with your required college curriculum or social life. In fact, you’ll find ROTC a great place to form lasting friendships with other local college students and cadets from across the nation.

You may take the Basic Course (the first two years) with NO OBLIGATION. You may begin by taking Military Science and Leadership 101. All courses in the basic course may be used as elective credit toward your degree. Prior to your junior year, you will decide whether or not you wish to continue with the Advanced Course. If you decide to complete the Advanced Course, (MSL) you will be eligible to receive a commission as an officer in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.

Basic Course Classes
  • MILS U101: Introduction to Leadership I (1)
    Competencies critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn life skills, such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management related to leadership, officership, and the army profession. Focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of army leadership dimensions while gaining an understanding of the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC), its purpose for the army, and its advantages for the cadet. Open to all freshmen. 
  • MILS U102: Introduction to Leadership II (1)
    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. Open to all freshmen.

  • MILS U141: Leadership Lab (1)
    Application of skills acquired in assigned military science classes. Leadership labs meet for three hours per week at varying off-campus locations to maximize training opportunities. The labs are sequential and progressive in nature, and correspond with every level of the military science classes. Lab participation is mandatory for all contracted cadets regardless of academic classification. Open to all students enrolled in military science courses. Course may be repeated for additional credit.

  • MILS U201: Foundations of Leadership I (2)
    Dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles. Cadets study team dynamics and historical leadership theories that form the basis of the army leadership framework and learn techniques of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing and assessing team exercises. Cadets are encouraged to participate in leadership labs to demonstrate comprehension of class materials. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership values and attributes through an understanding of rank, structure, and duties, and basic aspects of tactics and land navigation. Open to all sophomores.

  • MILS U202: Foundations of Leadership II (2)
    Team-building and leadership theory, personal communications skills, team goal-setting and time-management skills. Cadets will explore the conduct of tactical operations at small unit levels. As potential army officers, cadets will be challenged to study, practice, and execute army leadership and values as they become more familiar with the army. Participation in leadership labs is highly encouraged for all enrolled cadets. Open to all sophomores.

All courses in the basic program are for freshmen and sophomores and carry no obligation.                         

Advanced Course Classes
  • MILS U301: Tactical Leadership (3)
    The study, practice, and evaluation of adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets analyze and evaluate their own leadership attributes, skills, and actions. Primary attention is given to preparation for LDAC and development of leadership abilities. Open to contracted juniors and seniors only. Prerequisites: MILS U202 or consent of professor of military science. 

  • MILS U302: Applied Leadership (3)
    Intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading tactical operations. Cadets review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. Cadets 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. Open to contracted junior and graduate students only. Prerequisites: MILS U301 or consent of professor of military science.

  • MILS U401: Developmental Leadership (3)
    Planning, executing and assessing complex operations. Cadets function as staff members and provide leadership performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets are given situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide mentorship to subordinate cadets. Participants are responsible for analyzing and evaluating the leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions of military science cadets while simultaneously evaluating their own leadership skills. Attention is given to preparation for future military assignments. Open to contracted seniors and graduate students only. Prerequisites: MILS U302 or consent of professor of military science. 

  • MILS U402: Adaptive Leadership II (3)
    The dynamics of leading in complex ongoing military operations in the current operating environment. 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 governmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support, Significant emphasis s on preparing cadets for their first units of assignment. Pen to contracted senior and graduate students only. Prerequisites: MILS U401 or consent of professor of military science. 

All courses in the advanced program are for contracted cadets in their junior and senior years. Adventure training is offered to all cadets. Contracted cadets are offered opportunities for adventure training such as airborne school, air assault school, northern warfare, and Cadet Troop Leadership Training.