Military Science Courses

The Department of Military Science offers coursework in leadership development to all students and administers the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program for students who want to serve as Army officers.

Courses in leadership prepare students to lead at multiple echelons in both military and civilian sectors. Foundational courses in military science include leadership and personal development, tactical and team leadership, and decision-making.


MS I Level Classes (Freshman)

MIL SCI 1091, Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking (Fall only) -- 1hr.
Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership in the military. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Discussion, 1 hr./wk, lab, 2 hr./wk. (Offered Fall)

MIL SCI 1092, Introduction to the Profession of Arms (Spring only) -- 1hr.
Overviews leadership fundamentals for the military profession such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback and using effective writing skills. Students explore dimensions of military leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Discussion, 1 hr./wk,lab, 2 hr./wk. (Offered Spring)

MS II Level Classes (Sophomore)

MIL SCI 1093, Leadership and Decision Making (Fall only) -- 2hrs.
Examines the challenges of leading in complex contemporary military operational environments. Dimensions of the cross-cultural challenges of military leadership in a constantly changing world are highlighted and applied to practical leadership tasks and situations. Discussion 2 hrs./wk, lab, 2 hr./wk (Offered Fall)

MIL SCI 1094, Army Doctrine and Team Development (Spring only) -- 2 hrs.
Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative military leadership strategies and styles by studying historical case studies and engaging in interactive student exercises. Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises. Discussion, 2 hrs./wk, lab, 2 hr./wk. (Offered Spring)

MIL SCI 1098, Military Science Leadership Practicum — 4-6 hrs.
ROTC Basic Camp is a four-week summer program at Fort Knox, Kentucky, designed to provide leadership experiences to sophomores. This Practicum is designed for students who are interested in enrolling in the Advanced Courses but did not complete all of the Freshmen and Sophomore level classes. Successful completion will qualify students to enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course. Prerequisite(s): departmental approval. (Summer)

Additional Military Science Department Electives

Open to ALL students for elective credit (NO military service required)

MIL SCI 1095, Military Survival Skills -- 2 hrs.
Basic military survival principles are discussed in class and demonstrated during a Survival Weekend. Concepts taught are: shelter building, water and food gathering, land navigation, first aid, and rescue signaling. Discussion, 1 hr./wk. (Check with Department of Military Science on course availability)

MIL SCI 1086, Military Fitness Class -- 1 - 3 hrs.
This course is designed to use basic military training skills and instruction to develop confidence, leadership, and physical fitness. The team approach is utilized in the instruction and application of Army physical fitness requirements. Students will learn various Army physical fitness techniques as well as how to conduct physical fitness sessions. Full participation in all events will be determined based on students physical and medical eligibility.

MIL SCI 3189, Readings in Contemporary Military Issues-- 1-6 hrs.
Individualized list of selected readings in an area of emphasis. Prerequisite(s): departmental approval. (Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer)

MIL SCI 3190, America's Military Past -- 3 hrs.
This course will furnish Students with the methodological tools and materials needed to gain a more detailed understanding of American Military History.

MIL SCI 3195 Firearms Awareness and Safety -- 3 hrs.
This course is instructed with the "hands on" approach to develop a sense of awareness and understanding with firearms in order to develop confidence in training safety.


Professor of Military Science Approval for enrollment

MS III Level Classes (Junior)

MIL SCI 3116, Platoon Operations (Fall only) -- 3 hrs.
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, cadets continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. Discussion, 3 hrs./wk.; lab, 2 hr./wk. Prerequisite(s): departmental approval. (Offered Fall)

MIL SCI 3117, Applied Leadership in Platoon Operations (Spring only) -- 3hrs.
Uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet 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. Discussion, 3 hrs./wk.; lab, 2 hr./wk. Prerequisite(s): departmental approval. (Offered Spring)

MIL SCI 3192, Leadership Practicum-- 4-6 hrs.
ROTC Advanced Camp, a five-week summer program at Fort Knox, Kentucky, designed to provide leadership development and opportunities for students participating in the Advanced Course. Successful completion of Advanced Camp is required in order to commission as an Army officer.  Prerequisite(s): departmental approval. (Offered Summer)

MS IV Level Classes (Senior)

MIL SCI 3118, Mission Command and the Army Profession (Fall only) -- 3 hrs.
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 cadets to make the transition to Army officers. Discussion, 3 hrs./wk.; lab, 2 hr./wk. Prerequisite(s): departmental approval. (Offered Fall)

MIL SCI 3119, Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer (Spring only) -- 3hrs.
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 national support. Discussion, 3 hrs./wk.; lab, 2 hr./wk. Prerequisite(s): departmental approval. (Offered Spring)