Course Descriptions

Military Science Courses

MSL 101 - Intro to Army/Critical Think

3.00 Cr
Introduces students to issues and competencies that are central to a commissioned officer's responsibilities. Establishes framework for understanding officership, leadership, Army values and "life skills" such as physical fitness, time management, communications theory and practice (written and oral), and interpersonal relationships. These initial lessons form the building blocks of progressive lessons in values, fitness, leadership, and officership. Fall semester.

MSL 102 - Intro to Profession of Arms

3.00 Cr
Establishes foundation of 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 counseling. Provides students with a basic understanding of situational leadership as it applies to the military and how the basic concepts and practices relate to individuals and organizations.

MSL 201 - Leadership & Decision Making

3.00 Cr
Students identify successful leadership characteristics through observation of others and self through experiential learning exercises. Students record observed traits (good and bad) in a dimensional leadership journal and discuss observations in small group settings. Fall semester.

MSL 202 - Army Doctrine & Team Devlpmnt

3.00 Cr
Study examines how to build successful teams, various methods for influencing action, effective communication in setting and achieving goals, the importance of timing the decision, creativity in the problem solving process, and obtaining team buy-in through immediate feedback. Practical exercises with upper-division ROTC students.

MSL 204 - Leadership Practicum

1.00 Cr
Intensive supervised study in applied leadership and management development in an organizational setting.

MSL 301 - Trng Mgt/Warfighting Functions

3.00 Cr
Students conduct self-assessment of leadership style, develop personal fitness regimen, and learn to plan and conduct individual/small unit tactical training while testing reasoning and problem-solving techniques. Students receive direct feedback on leadership abilities. Corequisite: MS 303. Restricted to contracted Military Science students. Fall semester.

MSL 302 - Applied Leadership in PLT OPS

3.00 Cr
Examines the role communications, values, and ethics play in effective leadership. Topics include ethical decision-making, consideration of others, spirituality in the military, and survey Army leadership doctrine. The leader?s role in planning, directing and coordinating the efforts of individuals and small groups in tactical missions.

MSL 303 - Leadership Laboratory LAB

1.00 Cr
Practical application of skills learned in the classroom. Restricted to contracted Military Science students.

MSL 304 - Leadership Laboratory LAB

1.00 Cr
Practical application of skills learned in the classroom. Restricted to contracted Military Science students.

MSL 315 - Drill and Conditioning

1.00 Cr
This course prepares students and cadets for the physical challenge of leading soldiers and familiarizes students with Army physical fitness standards and training. Students participate in physical training to improve muscular strength & endurance, cardio respiratory endurance, core stability, flexibility, and body composition (fat versus lean body mass). Individual progress is measured by assessments throughout the semester. Fall and Spring semester.

MSL 401 - The Army Officer

3.00 Cr
Develops student proficiency in planning and executing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and mentoring subordinates. Students explore training management, methods of effective staff collaboration, and developmental counseling techniques. The application of leadership principles and techniques involved in leading young men and women in today's Army. Restricted to contracted Military Science students. Fall semester.

MSL 402 - Mission CMD II CO GRD Officer

3.00 Cr
Mission Command II and the Company Grade Officer Study includes case study analysis of military law and practical exercises on establishing an ethical command climate. Students must complete a semester long Senior Leadership Project that requires them to plan, organize, collaborate, analyze, and demonstrate their leadership skills. Understanding of the ethical components of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and civil rights legislation. Restricted to contracted Military Science students.

MSL 403 - Advanced Leadership Practicum

1.00 Cr
Study and internship in military tactics, leadership and organizational behavior. Supervised by Active Duty military officers.

MSL 404 - Advanced Leadership Practicum

1.00 Cr
Study and internship in military tactics, leadership and organizational behavior. Supervised by Active Duty military officers.

MSL 485 - Adv Leadership Practi Ind Stdy

1.00 Cr
Advanced Leadership Practicum Independent Study A collaboration between instructor and student. Restricted to 5th-year contracted Military Science students by consent of instructor. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.