ROTC Curriculum


MILS—100. Fundamentals of Military Science I                 
1 credit

The course introduces students to fundamental components of service as an officer in the United States Army. These initial lessons are the building blocks of progressive lessons in values, fitness, leadership, and officership. Additionally, the course addresses “life skills” including fitness, communications theory and practice (written and oral), and interpersonal relationships. Upon completion, students should be prepared to receive more complex leadership instruction. 

MILS—110. Fundamentals of Military Science II                
1 credit
The course builds upon the fundamentals introduced in MILS—100 by focusing on leadership theory and decision making. "Life skills” lessons in the semester include: problem solving, critical thinking, leadership theory, followership, group interaction, goal setting, and feedback mechanisms. Upon completion, students should be prepared to advance to more complex leadership instruction concerning the dynamics of organizations.

MILS—200. Applied Leadership I                                            
1 credit

The course contains the principal leadership instruction of the Basic Course. The instruction delves into several aspects of communication and leadership theory.  The use of practical exercise is emphasized, as students are increasingly required to apply communications and leadership concepts. Virtually the entire course teaches critical “life skills.” The relevance of these life skills to future success in the Army is emphasized throughout the course. The course concludes with a major leadership and problem solving case study which draws on all of the classroom instruction received in the Basic Course. Upon completion of this semester, students should be well grounded in the fundamental principals of leadership, and be prepared to intensify the practical application of their studies during the Advanced Course. 

MILS—210. Applied Leadership II                                           
1 credit

The course focuses principally on officership, providing an extensive examination of the unique purpose, roles, and obligations of commissioned officers. It includes a detailed look at the origin of the Army’s institutional values and their practical application in decision making and leadership. At the core is the Basic Course’s Capstone Case Study in Officership. This five-lesson exercise traces the Army’s successes and failures as it evolved from the Vietnam War to the present, placing previous lessons on leadership and officership in a real-world context that directly affects the future of the students who plan on attending the Advanced Course. This course, more than any before it, draws the various components of values, communications, decision making, and leadership together to focus on a career as a commissioned officer. Upon completion of this course, students should possess a fundamental understanding of both leadership and officership and demonstrate the ability to apply this understanding in real world situations. 

MILS—300. Applied Military Leadership I                           
2 credits

The course begins with instruction in the Leadership Development Program (LDP), used throughout the academic year to assess and develop leadership. Instruction in principles of war and purposes, fundamentals, and characteristics of the defense provides the necessary knowledge base for meaningful contextual treatment of Troop Leading Procedures (TLP). Instruction in decision-making, planning, and execution processes of the TLP are followed by a refocus on the critical leadership task of communicating the plan using standard military format. The course addresses motivational theory and techniques, the role and actions of leaders, and risk assessment. The course closes with instruction in small unit battle drills to facilitate practical application and further leader development during labs and Situational Training Exercises (STX). 

MILS—310. Applied Military Leadership II                         
2 credits

The course continues to focus on doctrinal leadership and tactical operations at the small unit level. It includes opportunities to plan and conduct individual and collective skill training for military operations to gain leadership and tactical experience. The course synthesizes the various components of training, leadership and team building. Students are required to incorporate previous military science instruction for their practical application in a performance-oriented environment. Upon completion of the course, students will possess the fundamental confidence and competence of leadership in a small unit setting. 

MILS—400. Advanced Military Management and Leadership I
2 credits

The course concentrates on leadership, management and ethics. The course focuses students, early in the year, on attaining knowledge and proficiency in several critical areas they will need to operate effectively as Army officers. These areas include: Coordinate Activities with Staffs, Counseling Theory and Practice within the “Army Context,” Training Management, and Ethics. While proficiency attained in each of these areas will initially be at the apprentice level, students will continue to sharpen these skills as they perform their roles as cadet officers within the ROTC program and after commissioning. At the end of the course, students should possess the fundamental skills, attributes, and abilities to operate as competent leaders. 

MILS—410. Advanced Military Management and Leadership II
2 credits

The course focuses on completing the transition from cadet to lieutenant. As a follow-on to the Ethics instruction in MILS—400, the course starts with a foundation in the legal aspects of decision making and leadership. The curriculum reinforces previous instruction on the organization of the Army and introduces how the Army organizes for operations from the tactical to the strategic level. This is followed by instruction on administrative and logistical management that will focus on the fundamentals of soldier and unit level support. At the core of the semester is the Advanced Course Capstone Exercise. This twelve-lesson exercise incorporates learning objectives from the entire military science curriculum. The Capstone Exercise will require students, both individually and collectively, to apply their knowledge to solve problems and confront situations commonly faced by junior officers. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared for the responsibility of being a commissioned officer in the United States Army.

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