Military Science Courses are designed to test both your technical expertise and your ability to communicate your ideas. Our advanced courses are registered as writing and oral intensive courses, designed to push cadets to their mental limit. This will help prepare cadets to be effective communicators, both as students and Officers.
Basic Course: As a freshman or sophomore, learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership without making a military commitment. The Basic Course includes MILS F101, MILS F102, MILS F 201, MILS F202, and MILS F250.
Advanced Course: As a junior or a senior, having made a commitment to pursue a career as an Army Officer, learn advanced military strategies, and practice working as a team while you create and carry out plans and decisions as a leader. The Advanced Course includes MILS F301, MILS F302, MILS F350, MILS F351, MILS F401, MILS F402, and MILS F442.
Physical Training and Leadership Lab: All cadets in the basic and advanced courses participate together in Physical Training (PT) and Leadership Lab. PT meets for one hour in the morning three times weekly. Leadership Lab meets once weekly for two hours to cover tactical training. Both PT and Leadership Lab are cadet-led training, developing not only physical conditioning and tactical skills, but also leadership.
MILS F101 Foundations of Officership (2 Credits)
Issues and competencies central to a commissioned officer’s responsibilities. Presents a framework for understanding officership leadership and Army values. Addresses life skills including fitness and time management. Designed to encourage insight into the Army as a profession and the officer’s role within the Army. Special fees apply. (1+2)
MILS F102 Basic Leadership (2 Credits)
Continuation of MILS F101. Focus on communications, leadership and problem solving. Life skills lessons include: problem solving, goal setting, interpersonal communication, and assertiveness. Lessons yield immediately useful skills. Provides accurate information about life in the Army, including the organization of the Army, employment benefits and work experiences of junior officers. Special fees apply. (1+2)
MILS F201 Individual Leadership Studies (3 Credits)
Communication and leadership theory and application. Focus on critical life skills. Emphasis on relevance of life skills to future success in the Army. Includes a major leadership and problem solving case study which draws on virtually all of the instruction in MILS F101 and MILS F102. Special fees apply. (2+2)
MILS F202 Leadership and Teamwork (3 Credits)
Focus on officership providing an extensive examination of the unique purpose, roles and obligations of commissioned officers. Includes a detailed look at the origin of our institutional values and their practical application in decision-making and leadership. Core focus is a capstone case study in officership that traces the Army’s successes and failures as it evolved from the Vietnam War to present, placing previous lessons on leadership and officership in a real-world context that directly affects the future of cadets. Draws the various components of values, communications, decision-making, and leadership together to focus on a career as a commissioned officer. Special fees apply. (2+2)
MILS F250 Leaders Training Course (3 Credits)
A four-week camp in basic military skills and leadership experience in preparation for entrance into the advanced course. For students who did not take the basic course. Prerequisites: At least two years of schooling remaining upon completion of camp. Prerequisite: Admission by arrangement with professor of military science. (3+0)
MILS F301 Leadership and Problem Solving (4 Credits +W)
Challenges cadets to study, practice and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of preparing for the ROTC advance camp. 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 advance camp and the development of leadership abilities. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X; junior standing in MILS; permission of instructor. (3+2)
MILS F302 Leadership and Ethics (4 Credits +O)
Interdisciplinary study of effective leadership techniques and preparation for attendance in MILS F350. Laboratory sessions offer practical application of concepts taught in classroom sessions. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; junior standing in MILS; permission of instructor. (3+2)
MILS F350 Leadership Development Assessment Course (3 Credits)
Five-week course structured to assess and develop the leadership capabilities of the cadet by using a variety of situations in a military environment. Prerequisites: MILS F301; MILS F302; must be enrolled as an advanced course cadet; and have the recommendation of the Department Head. (3+0)
MILS F351 Cadet Troop Leadership Training (2 Credits)
Three- to five-week full-time leadership training and development, serving in leadership positions with the active Army. Application of leadership and management principles in real life junior officer situations/positions. Prerequisites: MILS F101; MILS F350; must be enrolled as an advanced course cadet. (0+0)
MILS F401 Developmental Leadership (4 Credits)
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 IV cadets are measured by their ability both to give and receive systematic and specific feedback on leadership abilities. Cadets at the MSL IV level analyze and evaluate the leadership values, attributes, skills and actions of MSL III cadets while simultaneously considering their own leadership skills. Attention is given to preparation for BOLC II and the development of leadership abilities. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Senior standing in MILS and permission of instructor. (3+2)
MILS F402 Officership (4 Credits)
Continuation of MILS F401. Includes study of military ethics and law. Student role in laboratory sessions is to plan instruction and assess performance of MILS F100-F300-level students. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: Senior standing in MILS and permission of instructor. (4+0)
MILS F442 History of the American Military (3 Credits)
The military’s place in American life and society from the Colonial era to the present. Role of the military institution in shaping the nature of American society while reflecting the character of the society it serves. Also available via Independent Learning. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (Cross-listed with HIST F442.) (3+0)