Military Science Department

Army ROTC Course Descriptions

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Introduction to Military Science (MS 100 & MS 101)

The MS I year consists of two semesters and teaches an introduction to leadership. MS 100 and MS 101 are required for all cadets. Students learn basic soldiering skills, the Army Values, health and fitness, effective communication, and U.S. Military customs and courtesies. This year facilitates a foundation to build on as they progress through the program and prepare for their future careers as Army officers. MS 100 and MS 101 also fulfill the “Personal Well Being” essential skill required of all students to complete their degrees.

Perspectives in Leadership (MS 200 & MS 201)

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The MS II year consists of the sophomore level courses required by all cadets. In MS 200 and 201, cadets continue to build a strong foundation of leadership. The classes cover areas such as team building, situational leadership, effective Army briefing, interpersonal communication, effective writing, Army rank and structure, duties, traditions, map reading, land navigation, and an introduction to troop leading procedures. Cadets also gain familiarization with battle drills and patrolling.

Military Leadership Development & Advanced Leadership Development
(MS 300 & MS 301)

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The MS III year is required for all cadets in order to commission as an Army Officer (in addition to completion of MS I, MS II, or Cadet Initial Entry Training). During the MS III year, cadets learn tactical leadership including patrolling and squad combat operations. They become fluent in operations orders and troop leadership procedures. They continue to build their land navigation and map reading skills. There is a required 2 hour lab each week in which skills learned are put to practical application. The skills gained and built upon during the MS III year prepare cadets for the mandatory Cadet Leadership Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky during the summer of their junior year.

Seminar & Advanced Seminar in Leadership & Management
(MS 400 & MS 401)

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In addition to MS I, II, and III level coursework, MS IV courses are required for all cadets in order to commission as an Army Officer. These courses are the last stop before obtaining the rank of Second Lieutenant (2LT). In MS 400 and MS 401, cadets continue to build upon the skills they acquired in MS I, II, and III in addition to gaining hands-on leadership experience by running lab exercises for the MS I, II, and III students. MS IV cadets grade and mentor MS III cadets by providing helpful feedback and tips.