Military Science (M-S)

College of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: LTC Stewart Fearon
302 Wilder Hall,

Professor of Military Science: LTC Fearon;
Assistant Professors of Military Science:, MAJ Divney, MAJ Eddy, MAJ Hansen;
Military Instructors: MSG Herbst, SFC Morgan.

The military science department, through the Army's Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), offers students an opportunity to receive a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. Upon completion of the Military Science and Leadership program, the student will have acquired skills in leadership, management, problem solving and decision making, which will facilitate the transition to a civilian career (while serving in the Army Reserve or National Guard) or military career (in the Regular Army). Courses and training are conducted on the campus, in the local area or at military training facilities. The Military Science and Leadership program is divided into basic course and advanced course requirements as outlined below.

Army ROTC Basic Course

(no service obligation incurred): The Army ROTC Basic Course consists of two distinct components-the freshman-level courses (M-S101-102), and the sophomore-level courses (M-S 201-202). The freshman year focuses on the introduction to the Army Profession and Officer-ship. The sophomore year focuses on the experiential examination of leadership, decision-making and group dynamics. By the end of the Army ROTC Basic Course, students will possess a basic understanding of the unique aspects of the officer corps, fundamentals of leadership and decision-making, Army's institutional values, and principles of individual fitness and healthy lifestyles. With the exception of M-S 103 (Basic First Aid), basic course lessons are designed to emphasize student classroom practical exercise, inspire intellectual curiosity, and stimulate self-study. The ROTC Basic Course consists of seven credit hours, acquired through M-S 101, 102, 103, 201 and 202 as described below.

Army ROTC Advanced Course

The Army ROTC Advanced Course consists of three distinct components: The leadership and decision-making training of the M-S III, or junior year; the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC); and lessons that guide the student in a transition from Cadet to Army officer during the M-S IV, or senior year. Advanced Course lessons are carefully sequenced, linked and progressive in their treatment of key officer knowledge and competencies. The ROTC Advanced Course consists of 14 credit hours, acquired through M-S 301, 302, 401, 402 and 403 as described below. The prerequisite for the ROTC Advanced Course is the ROTC Basic Course. This requirement can also be fulfilled by attending an ROTC internship known as the Leadership Training Course (LTC). Additionally, basic course requirements are automatically met by veterans, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen now enrolled in school who possess a minimum of 54 credit hours and have graduated from a basic training course from any of the armed services.

Advanced Placement Credit

Students may request placement into the advanced course (from the M-S department chair) provided they have completed either the Army ROTC Leadership Training Course or a basic training course in one of the armed services. The total credit awarded for advanced placement is seven credit hours.


The military science department offers two types of internships that may, upon mutual agreement between the student's college and the professor of military science, fulfill other academic internship requirements.

Leadership Internship (No military obligation incurred)

The Leadership Training Course (LTC) is a paid, no obligation, four-week course held at Fort Knox, KY. This internship is high adventure, activity-based training that develops leadership, decision-making and management skills. This internship is available to any sophomore or junior with four semesters of undergraduate study remaining, provided they have not already completed a basic military training course in any of the armed services. Motivation, initiative and a drive for adventure are the key characteristics one must possess upon entering this internship. Upon completion, the student will receive seven credit hours and have the opportunity to enter the ROTC Advanced Course to pursue a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army.

Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)

(internship opportunity worth 3-12 credits, given prior coordination and consent from the student's college and the professor of military science)

The LDAC provides the single most important block of training and evaluation in the progression of an Army cadet. Throughout the 32 LDAC training days at Fort Lewis, WA, cadets encounter stress-inducing physical and mental obstacles, which challenge them as individuals, soldiers and leaders. The LDAC uses small unit tactical training as the vehicle for further developing self-confidence and evaluating a cadet's leadership abilities and potential to serve as a commissioned officer. Prerequisites for LDAC attendance are M-S 301, MS 302 and an Army contractual obligation for service as a commissioned officer.

Military Science Minor

(All Colleges) - 22-25 credits - M-S 301, 302, 401, 402, 403; EFN 347; WS 255. Students also must select at least two elective courses from ANT 352, GEO 307, POL 234, and EFN 447. Students must complete the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (no credit) or a three-credit community leadership internship (CEI 450).

M-S 101 Cr. 1 Introduction to the Army Profession

Introduces students to the Army and the competencies that are central to an Army leader's responsibilities. Establishes the framework for understanding military leadership, Army values and "life skills" such as physical fitness and time management. The course will help students develop the values, skills and attributes that characterize a leader in any profession. Offered Sem. I.

M-S 102 Cr. 1 Basic Military Leadership

Introduces students to the Army's basic leadership fundamentals such as problem solving, communications, briefings and effective writing, goal setting, techniques for improving listening and speaking skills and an introduction to developmental counseling. This course is designed to help students in the near-term as leaders on campus and, in the long-term, as more effective leaders and managers whether in military or civilian life. Offered Sem. II.

M-S 103 Cr. 1 Basic Military First Aid

Introduces students to basic military first aid procedures. Students receive hands-on training and proficiency required of a military officer in the application of first aid procedures, as well as introductions to injury prevention programs and field sanitation techniques. Students may seek red-cross first aid/CPR accreditation through this course.

M-S 201 Cr. 2 Individual Leadership Studies

The first of two intermediate Army leadership courses in which students identify successful leadership characteristics by observing others and themselves through practical exercises. Students record observed traits and the situations in which they occur in order to illustrate the concept and application of situational leadership analysis. The course is designed to facilitate students' development of a personal leadership style. Offered Sem. I.

M-S 202 Cr. 2 Leadership & Teamwork

The second of two intermediate Army leadership courses in which students learn how to build successful teams, various methods for influencing action, effective communication in setting and achieving goals, the importance of timing a decision, creativity in the problem solving process, and obtaining team buy-in through immediate feedback. Offered Sem. II.

M-S 301 Cr. 3 Leadership & Problem Solving

The first of two advanced Army leadership courses in which students conduct self-assessments of leadership style, develop a personal fitness regimen, and learn to plan and conduct individual/small unit tactical military training while testing reasoning and problem-solving techniques. Students receive direct feedback on Army leadership abilities. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair. Offered Sem. I.

M-S 302 Cr. 3 Leadership & Ethical Decision Making

The second of two advanced Army leadership courses in which students undergo practical, "hands on" leadership training from the Army's small unit perspective with self, peer and instructor performance-oriented evaluations. Course is replete with opportunities to plan and conduct individual and collective military skills training to gain leadership and tactical experience. Upon completion of MS 302, students will possess the fundamental confidence and competence of leadership in a small unit setting and will be prepared to execute all leadership and followership facets of the National Leadership Advanced Camp. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair. Offered Sem. II.

M-S 401 Cr. 3 Leadership and Management

The first of two Army officer development courses in which students develop proficiency in planning and executing complex military operations, function as a member of an Army staff, and mentor subordinates. Students explore Army training management, methods of effective staff collaboration, and Army developmental counseling techniques. Lect. 2, Lab 2. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair. Offered Sem. I.

M-S 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 department chair.

M-S 403 Cr. 2 Officership

The second of two Army officer development courses in which students conduct case study analysis of military law and practical exercises on establishing an ethical Army command climate. Students must complete a semester long senior leadership project that requires them to plan, organize, collaborate, analyze, and demonstrate their leadership skills. This course is designed to prepare the student to assume leadership roles as an Army officer. Lect. 2, Lab 1. Prerequisite: Consent of the department chair. Offered Sem. II.

M-S 499 Cr. 1-3 Independent Studies in Military Science

Students design individual plans of study in consultation with a MS faculty member. Designed for M-S students who have excellent records in the department. Prerequisite: Department chair approval. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3.