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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 Introduction to the Army
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 Foundations of Agile and Adaptive 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 Emphasis on the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, and communication. Cadets learn the basics of the communications process and the importance of developing the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army. Cadets will begin learning the basics of squad level tactics that will be reinforced during a weekly leadership lab facilitated by MS IV Cadets (fourth-year, seniors) and supervised by cadre.
Prerequisites
First- or second-year class standing or permission of department chair.

MSCL 201 Leadership and Decision Making
Units: .5
Description
Introduces cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining understanding of the big picture of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 101 and 102 or permission of department chair.

MSCL 202 Army Doctrine and Team Development
Units: .5
Description
Focuses on Army doctrine and team development. The course begins the journey to understanding and demonstration of competencies as they relate to Army doctrine, Army values, teamwork, and "warrior ethos." Their relationship to the law of land warfare, and philosophy of military service is stressed. The ability to lead and follow is also covered through team building exercises at squad level. Students are required to apply their knowledge outside the classroom in a hands-on performance-oriented environment during a weekly lab facilitated by MS IV cadets and supervised by cadre.
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 Training Management and the War Fighting Functions
Units: 1
Description
Cadets focus on training management and the warfighting functions. In these academically challenging courses you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Training Management and how the Army operates through the Warfighting functions. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, preparing, and executing training for a squad conducting small unit tactics. Includes a lab once per week using peer facilitation overseen by MS IVs, supervised by ROTC Cadre. This course prepares the cadet for the demands of the mandatory 32-day ROTC Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 202, 204, or permission of department chair.

MSCL 302 Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Units: 1
Description
Course focuses on applied leadership in small unit operations. It is an academically challenging course where you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of direct level leadership and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a platoon in the execution of a mission. Includes a lab per week using peer facilitation overseen by MS IVs, supervised by ROTC Cadre. Successful completion of this course will help prepare you for the Cadet Summer Training Advance Camp, which you will attend in the summer 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 The Army Officer
Units: 1
Description
Course focuses on development of the Army Officer. It is an academically challenging course in which cadets will develop knowledge and skills, and the ability to plan, resource, and assess training at the small unit level. You will also learn about Army programs that support counseling subordinates and evaluating performance, values and ethics, career planning, and legal responsibilities. At the conclusion of this course, cadets will be familiar with how to plan, prepare, execute, and continuously assess the conduct of training at the company or field grade officer level.
Prerequisites
Military Science and Leadership 302 or permission of department chair.

MSCL 402 Company Grade Leadership
Units: 1
Description
Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations during Unified Land Operations. Examines the Art of Command and how to properly communicate with Non-commissioned Officers (NCOs) and soldiers. Cultural Awareness and Property Protection discusses 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 Basic Officer Leader Course-B (BOLC-C) 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 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.