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Students who complete the four-year program take classes once a week as freshmen and sophomores and twice a week as juniors and seniors. Students who enter the program as sophomores, juniors, or graduate students attend the Leader's Training Course for 28 days at Fort Knox, KY in order to validate courses they would have taken during their freshman and sophomore years. They continue taking classes twice a week during their junior and senior years. Students considering the program as juniors should contact us to determine eligibility.

Military science courses maximize hands-on practical exercises, allowing students to achieve training objectives through classroom experiences. The department uses U.S. Army National Cadet Command curriculum as the basis for each military science and leadership course. Professors are first and foremost military service members themselves—a fact that makes an ROTC education all the more relevant to the real world.

Courses
MSCL 101 Foundations of Officership
Units: .5
Description
Introduction to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and communication. Learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, stress management, and comprehensive fitness related to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Further acquaintance with this course allows additional learning about the structure of the ROTC Basic Course program consisting of MSCL 101, 102, 201, 202, fall and spring leadership labs, and Basic Camp. Focus on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions, attributes and core leader competencies while gaining an understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army and its advantages for the student.
Prerequisites
First- or second-year class standing or permission of department chair.

MSCL 102 Introduction to Leadership
Units: .5
Description
Introduction to the professional challenges and competencies that are needed for effective execution of the profession of arms and Army communication. Learn Army ethics and Army values and the specific ways these are inculcated into Army culture.
Prerequisites
First- or second-year class standing or permission of department chair.

MSCL 201 Innovative Team Leadership
Units: .5
Description
Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining both team dynamics and the two historical leadership theories that form the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced, including the planning, execution, and assessment of team exercises, and participation in leadership labs. The focus continues to build on developing knowledge of leadership values and attributes through understanding Army rank, structure, and duties as well as broadening knowledge of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies will provide a context for learning the Soldier's Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the contemporary operating environment (COE).
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 101 and 102 or permission of department chair.

MSCL 202 Foundations of Tactical Leadership
Units: .5
Description
Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment (COE). Highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operations orders process. Continued study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Provides a smooth transition to MSCL 301. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team-building skills. COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 201 or permission of department chair.

MSCL 204 Basic Leader's Training Course
Units: 1
Description
An intensive 31-day training experience located at Fort Knox, KY for college students unable to meet the basic course requirements (MSCL 100- and 200-level courses) on campus. Basic Camp is the Army's two-year ROTC Program entry point. Through Basic Camp, students without ROTC experience can qualify for Advanced Course (MSCL 300- and 400-level course) entry. The Army observes these students and determines their officer potential in a leadership-oriented, challenging, and motivating 31-day training program. The camp philosophy is based on an action-oriented training plan. Emphasis is hands-on outdoor training, with rapid, constructive feedback to the Cadet. Above all else, Basic Camp is a leadership experience. The training program is designed to inspire students to become outstanding leaders with a sound understanding of traditional leadership values. At Basic Camp, students are trained to lead and develop their officer leadership potential.
Prerequisites
Enrollment in the ROTC program.

MSCL 205 Foundations of American Military History
Units: .5
Description
Major military engagements from the colonial period through the current operating environment and analysis of conflicts using the Principles of War and After Action Review lessons learned. Describes the military's role in society; examines the evolution of war and the progression of military professionalism; analyzes the major wars fought by the US Army, using the principles of war; discusses the role of the US military in joint operations. This course discusses the role of the US Army in humanitarian operations and nation-building at home and abroad, and analyzes lessons learned from military history to the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios.

MSCL 301 Adaptive Team Leadership
Units: 1
Description
Cadets study, practice, and evaluate adaptive team leadership skills as they prepare for the demands of the mandatory 32-day ROTC Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Challenging scenarios related to small-unit tactical operations are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. The Cadet will receive systematic and specific feedback on leadership abilities.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 202, 204, or permission of department chair.

MSCL 302 Leadership in Changing Environments
Units: 1
Description
Instruction and case studies that build upon leadership competency and military skills attained in the previous Military Science course prepare students for future responsibilities as Army officers. Specific instruction is given in the development of individual leaders, planning and execution of small-unit operations, individual and team development, and the Army as a career choice. Prepares Cadets for the mandatory 32-day Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 301 or permission of department chair.

MSCL 390 Independent Study
Units: 1 or .5
Description
Instruction, case studies, and book analysis that build upon leadership competencies and military skills attained in earlier Military Science and Leadership courses. Online instruction and assignments mirror the syllabus for a student's normal pre-commissioning course progression. This course is available for sophomores, fall semester juniors, and senior cadets.
Prerequisites
Two semesters of military science and permission of department chair.

MSCL 401 Developing Adaptive Leaders
Units: 1
Description
Explores the dynamics of leading in the 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. Explores aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, the decision-making processes and host nation support. Significant emphasis is placed on preparation for Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC) B and first unit of assignment. Mission command case studies and scenarios are used in preparation for facing the complex ethical demands of serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Also includes exploration of military professional ethics, organizational ethics and ethical decision making processes. Gains practical experience in Cadet Battalion leadership roles and training management. Begins leadership self-development including civil military and media relations. Prepares for the transition to a career as an Army Officer.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 302 or permission of department chair.

MSCL 402 Leadership in a Complex World
Units: 1
Description
Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations during Unified Land Operations I, II, and III. Examines the Art of Command and how to properly communicate with NCOs and Soldiers during Taking Charge 1, 2, and 3, and Developing Others (counseling). During Cultural Awareness and Property Protection (CPP), discuss numerous situations on how ethical decisions impact personnel and the unit mission. Through understanding of roles and responsibilities, Cadets learn about how Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), Being Ready and Resilient (R2C), and Individual and Family Readiness can assist in preparing Soldiers and their families for reducing and managing stress during times of uncertainty. Places significant emphasis on preparing for BOLC B and first unit of assignment. Uses mission command case studies and scenarios in preparation for facing the complex ethical demands of serving as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. Includes identification of leader roles and responsibilities for enforcing Army policies and programs. Exploration of the dynamics of building a team prepared to handle any future operational environment and win. Examines the importance of understanding culture and how it can affect your unit and mission. Develops of both oral and written communication skills by conducting a battle analysis and decision briefs.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 401 or permission of department chair.