College of Liberal Studies

Department Chair: LTC Mark Harrell

302 Wilder Hall, 608-785-8404



Professor of Military Science: LTC Harrell; Assistant Professors of Military Science: CPT Bass, CPT Divney, SFC Purnell, MAJ Sauter, MAJ Tierney.



Military Science Program (All colleges) — 21 credits. The program is divided into basic course and advanced course requirements.A Military Science Minor is also available to interested students.


Basic Course Requirements — 7 credits, including M-S 101, 102, 103, 201, and 202.


Advanced Course Prerequisite

To be admitted to the advanced course, the student must have completed the basic course, received advanced placement or received permission from the department chair.


Advanced Course Requirements— 14 credits, including M-S 301, 302, 315, 316, 401, 402, 403, and 415.


Professional Development Recommendations

The professional military education element consists of two essential parts, a baccalaureate degree and at least one undergraduate course from each of three designated fields of study: written communication skills, military history, and computer literacy. Although not required, it is strongly recommended that cadets also take one course in each of the fields of management and national security study. The following is a list of courses that meet the requirements for both the required and recommended fields of study at UW-L.


Required: Written communication skills: any English composition or writing course;       military history: M-S/HIS 402; computer literacy: any computer science course.

     Recommended: See department chair.



Military Science

The Military Science Department through the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program offers UW-La Crosse students an opportunity to receive a commission as an officer in the United States Army. As a potential member of the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army, the student has three career path options: to serve as a National Guard Officer, a U.S. Army Reserve Officer, or as a U.S. Army Officer on active duty. The first two options are dual career paths which allow the student to serve as a Reserve Component Officer part-time while simultaneously pursuing a civilian career. Upon completion of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, the student will have acquired skills in leadership and management which will enable transition to a civilian and military career. These skills are acquired while earning credits that apply toward a bachelor’s degree. The M-S 100 and M-S 200 level courses are available to all students (on a non-committal basis) having a desire to broaden their understanding of the

U.S. Army and its role within the U.S. Government. Information concerning the basic or advanced courses, advanced placement and scholarship opportunities are available in the military science department, 309 Wilder Hall, UW-L.


Advanced Placement Credit Policy

1.             Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse may earn advanced placement credit for military science courses only through successful completion of the ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky or through completion of basic training and advanced individual training (awarding a military occupational skill identifier). The total credit awarded shall be seven credits, the equivalent of the Basic Course requirements currently administered by the Military Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse — (M-S 101, 102, 103, 201, and 202.)


2.             In order to be eligible for the awarding of advanced placement credits,

                individual students must:


a.             Successfully complete the ROTC Basic Camp or basic training and advanced individual training as evidenced by receipt of an original copy of the Certificate of Completion issued by the Commandant.

b.             Submit a written request to the chair of the Military Science Department for the awarding of the advanced placement credit; and

c.             Pay all per credit fees in accordance with the policies established by the university.


3.             Upon receipt of appropriate certification and the student request, the Chair of the Military Science Department shall forward the documents to the university Records and Registration Office with a recommendation for the awarding of the appropriate academic credits.



The Department of Military Science offers two types of internships. These are paid experiences and the leadership internship does not require a military commitment.


Leadership Internship (No Obligation)

The Leadership Internship is a paid, no obligation, five-week challenge at Fort Knox, Kentucky, worth seven credits in military science. This internship is a high adventure activity-based course which develops leadership ability, personnel management skills, time management, discipline, and motivation. This internship is available to any sophomore or junior with two years left in school. Motivation, initiative, and drive are key requirements. When you successfully complete this internship, you have the opportunity to continue into the Military Internship program, although that is not necessary.


Military Internship

The Military Internship is offered to students who have either progressed through the freshman and sophomore Military Science courses or have successfully completed the Leadership Internship. The following four courses, M-S 301, 302, 401, and 403, constitute a Military Internship through which all contracted students earn pay and learn pertinent skills geared toward making them a commissioned Army officer, pending the successful completion of their college degree.


Military Science Minor

(All colleges) — 22-25 credits, including M-S 301, 302, 315, 316, 401, 403, 415, HIS/M-S 402, EFN 347, and W-S 255. Students must also select at least two elective courses from among ANT 352, GEO 307, POL 234, and EFN 447. Students must complete the five-week ROTC advanced camp (no academic credit) or a three-credit community leadership internship (CEI 450).



M-S        101                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Introduction to Military Science I

Introduction to basic theories and principles of applying leadership practices in the broad aspects of management; characteristics of the profession of arms, organization of the U. S. Army and its function within the defense establishment; branches of the Army and their independent and interrelated function; and customs and traditions of the military services. Limited physical fitness training, participation in selected cadet leadership labs, and a one-day field trip are a part of, and extensions to, this course. Offered Sem. I.



M-S        102                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Introduction to Military Science II

Additional introductory military skills and leadership topics that build on material presented in M-S 101. Course material includes: Army Leadership Doctrine, use of military topographic maps, effective writing, military operations order format, officer-enlisted soldier duties and responsibilities, and physical fitness doctrine. Limited physical fitness training, participation in selected cadet leadership labs, and a two-day field trip

are part of and an extension to the course. Prerequisite: M-S 101 or department chair approval. Offered Sem. II.


M-S        103                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Military First Aid/Personal Hygiene

Introduction to and the development of basic individual proficiency required of a military officer in the application of first aid procedures. Individuals will be provided with hands-on experience in critical first aid procedures, prevention programs and field sanitation techniques. A study of the Army’s physical fitness programs will also be conducted. Students may seek first aid/CPR accreditation through this course.


M-S        201                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Land Navigation and Introduction to Individual Military Skills

The study of basic procedures for use of a map and compass in navigating over unfamiliar terrain  and the study of individual military skills to include: rifle marksmanship, leadership doctrine, oral briefing techniques and property accountability. The student will also be introduced to the proper wear of United States Army uniforms and to drill and ceremony procedures. Participation in weekly physical fitness training, evening leadership labs, and an overnight field training exercise (FTX) is required. Prerequisites: M-S 101 and 102 or department chair approval. Offered Sem. I.


M-S        202                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Introduction to Tactics and Field Operations

An introduction to military tactics and field operations providing the student basic knowledge of principles and techniques. Course content includes communication procedures, small unit maneuver, operations order preparation and survival skills. Participation in weekly physical fitness training, evening leadership labs, and an overnight field training exercise (FTX) is required. Also addresses leadership responsibilities in small units. Prerequisite: M-S 201 or department chair approval. Offered Sem. II.


M-S        301                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Small Unit Organization and Collective Training

Series of practical opportunities to lead small groups, receive personal assessments and

encouragement, and lead again in situations of increasing complexity. Provides opportunities to plan and conduct training for basic course students. Required participation weekly in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair. To be taken concurrently with M-S 315. Offered Sem. I.


M-S        302                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Small Unit Tactics and Field Operations

A study of the organization of maneuver units, the communications systems used, operational procedures used to conduct tactical field operations, land navigation critical to tactical operations and other associated knowledge required to make sound tactical decisions in field operations. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair. To be taken concurrently with M-S 316.


M-S        315                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Leadership Development Laboratory I

Course provides the student the opportunity to develop leadership techniques and style through exercising duties and responsibilities of a junior leader. Course includes an overnight field trip (FTX) at a close-by military training facility. To be taken concurrently with M-S 301.


M-S        316                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Leadership Development Laboratory II

Course provides the student the opportunity to develop leadership techniques and style through exercising duties and responsibilities of a junior leader. Course includes an overnight field trip (FTX) at a close-by military training facility. To be taken concurrently with M-S 302.


M-S        401                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Command and Staff Functions

An introduction to a broad area of administrative and legal staff actions designed to provide a fundamental understanding of procedures, policies and laws which relate to the operation and function of the military establishment. Study includes need for staff organizations, role of Army Reserves and National Guard in the national defense structure, military correspondence, briefing styles and methods, logistical support systems, and the prevention of sexual harassment. Prerequisite: consent of the department chair. To be taken concurrently with M-S 415. Offered Sem. I.


M-S/HIS   402                                                                                                                                  Cr. 3

American Military History

A historical review and analysis of the development of military strategy and weapons, a detailed study of the history of the United States military, an analysis of contemporary, post World War II issues, and a study of selected battles. Prerequisite: consent of military science/history department chair. (Cross-listed with HIS; may only earn credit in M-S or HIS.)


M-S        403                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Transition to Lieutenant

A study of selected key topics to prepare for success as an Army lieutenant. The course examines the characteristics of a profession and the values and standards which surround it. Using case studies, students will discuss the resolution of ethical dilemmas, and the development of an ethical work environment. In addition, students will examine the aspects of tradition, law, and regulations as they relate to the conduct of the military officer. Other subjects include counseling, motivating and evaluating soldiers, joint operations, personnel management, military law, and the law of war. Participation in evening leadership labs and one weekend exercise required. Prerequisite: consent of department chair. Offered Sem. II.


M-S        415                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Advanced Leadership Development Laboratory

Practical application of leadership and management principles to the problems of small units; management of personnel, time and equipment; training management and leadership development through planning and supervising drill and field training exercises. Course includes an overnight field trip (FTX) at a close-by military training facility. To be taken concurrently with M-S 401. Offered Sem. I.


M-S        499                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1-3

Independent Study of Military Science

Individual reading, research or directed study under the guidance and supervision of an assigned faculty member. Students design individual plans of study in consultation with appropriate faculty. Open to selected military science students who have excellent records in the department. Registration with the consent of the department chair. Prerequisite: Consent of department chair. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3.