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Military Science and Leadership

MSL 100 Introduction to Physical Fitness (1)

Hands-on participatory course following the Army’s physical fitness program. Classes conducted three days per week with Army ROTC cadets. Focus is on aerobic conditioning, muscular strength and endurance. Repeatable three times. A-F only.

MSL 101 Introduction to Military Science I (2)

Introduces cadets to personal challenges and competencies critical for effective leadership; personal development of life skills such as goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management related to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. Focus on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army Leadership Dimensions while understanding the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.

MSL 101L Introduction to Military Science I Lab (1)

Practical application in adventure training, Army field craft, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. Co-requisite: 101.

MSL 102 Introduction to Military Science II (2)

Overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback and using effective writing skills. Explores leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Cadre role models and building stronger relationships among cadets through common experience and practical interaction are critical.

MSL 102L Introduction to Military Science II Lab (1)

Practical application in adventure training, Army field craft, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, physical training. Co-requisite: 102.

MSL 201 Intermediate Military Science I (3)

Explores creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles through historical case studies and engaging in interactive student exercises. Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building by planning, executing, and assessing team exercises. Focus is on continued development of leadership values and attributes through understanding of rank, uniform, customs and courtesies.

MSL 202 Intermediate Military Science II (3)

Challenges of leading complex, contemporary operational environments. Dimensions of cross-cultural challenges of leadership in a constantly changing world are highlighted and applied to practical Army leadership tasks and situations. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they practice communication and team building skills, and tactics in real world scenarios. Provides a smooth transition to MSL 301.

MSL 203 ROTC Basic Camp (6)

Four-week summer course conducted at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Substitutes for ROTC basic course (101, 102, 201, and 202) and fulfills course requirement for admission to ROTC advanced courses. Credit will be given for 203 or basic courses, but not both. Pre: consent.

MSL 301 Leading Small Organizations I (4)

(2 Lec, 2-hr Lab) Challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills with demands of the ROTC Advanced Camp. Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations will develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets will receive systematic, specific feedback on their leadership abilities, and analyze/evaluate their leadership values, attributes, skills and actions. A-F only. Pre: 101, 102, 201, 202; or consent.

MSL 302 Leading Small Organizations II (4)

(2 Lec, 2-hr Lab) Intense situational leadership challenges to build awareness and skills in leading small units. Decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members under fire are explored, evaluated, and developed. Military operations are reviewed to prepare for the ROTC Advance Camp. Cadets apply principles of Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures; and are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders. A-F only. Pre: 101, 102, 201, 202, 301; or consent.

MSL 303 ROTC Advanced Camp (6)

Five-week summer field training exercise conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Arduous and intensified leadership training is conducted throughout the five-week period. Required for U.S. Army commissioning. Pre: 301, 302, and consent.

MSL 391 History of Military Warfare (3)

Lecture/discussion on the art and science of warfare concentrating on U.S. military history from the Colonial Period to present. Generally restricted to Army ROTC students, requiring twenty pages of graded writing assignments. A-F only. Pre: consent.

MSL 399 Directed Reading and Research (V)

Limited to military science students who have had at least one previous military science course for which a grade of B or higher was earned and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Pre: consent.

MSL 400 Fundamentals of Leadership (3)

Introduces students to the fundamentals of leadership. Activities challenge students to connect theory to practice, develop positive relationships through application of effective leadership concepts for leader development, and team-building. A-F only.

MSL 401 Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting (4)

(3 Lec, 2-hr Lab) Develops proficiency to plan, execute, and assess complex operations; function as a staff member, provide leadership performance feedback to subordinates. Situational opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide coaching to fellow ROTC cadets; challenged to analyze, evaluate, and instruct younger cadets. A-F only. Pre: 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, and 302; or consent.

MSL 402 Transition to Lieutenant (4)

(3 Lec, 2-hr Lab) Explores dynamics of leading in complex situations of current military operations. Examines differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Interaction with nongovernment organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support are examined and evaluated. Case studies, scenarios, and What Now, Lieutenant? exercises prepare cadets to lead as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army. A-F only. Pre: 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, and 401; or consent.

MSL 499 Advanced Military Research (V)

Directs the student to conduct detailed research on a military topic and present to the department leadership plus assist MSL 400 series students on a battle analysis. Repeatable up to eight credits. Must be in Military Science and Leadership Program or Military Service member in junior or greater standing. Pre: departmental approval.