Military Science

College of
Business Administration and Public Policy

                       

Military Science Program

 

Faculty

Major Victor Stephenson, Program Coordinator

Lieutenant Colonel Robert F. Huntly, Major Ted Arlauskas, Master Sergeant Charles Ward, Sergeant First Class Hector Rivera-Rosario

Program Office: SCC 1308-1314, (310) 243-3017 or (310) 243-3002; fax (310) 516-3704

 

Program Description

The Military Science program provides professional training for students leading to a commission, upon graduation in the Active Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Through the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program (AROTC), scholarship students receive full tuition and books. Scholarships are available in all majors. Scholarships are also available for Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty. Military Science instruction is focused on hands-on leadership development and the practical application of military skills needed to produce America’s future leaders. Additionally, military science courses count towards the 120 unit minimum required for the baccalaureate degree. MSL 101 and MSL 102 are open to students who are not enrolled in the program, but have an interest in leadership, management, military history or military training. Enrollment in the AROTC program is open to all qualified full-time students.

 

Scholarship Program

All Army scholarships are merit based and are not dependent on individual financial need. Scholarships are available for both Active Duty and Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified applications for two-, three-, or four-year periods depending on the applicant’s academic level and program of study. Scholarship cadets receive full tuition benefits, a $900 annual book allowance, and a monthly allowance as detailed below.

 

Enrolled Cadets

Contracted cadets can receive a monthly allowance of up to $500 per month. Contracted scholarship cadets receive an annual $600 book allowance. All enrolled scholarship and non-scholarship cadets receive uniforms and military science textbooks from the program.

 

Four-Year Program

The four-year military science curriculum is designed to be part of the student’s undergraduate degree program. During the freshman and sophomore years, students receive introductory instruction in the theory of warfare, military history, military leadership and basic military skills. Cadets participate during their junior and senior years in a professional development program with instruction in leadership, management, military justice and advanced military skills.

 

Three-Year Program

The three-year program is available to qualified sophomore undergraduate students. Students may compress the first two years of the ROTC program by attending two ROTC classes per semester during their sophomore year. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, for students with three years remaining toward the completion of their undergraduate degree. Transfer students who meet the same criteria are also eligible for scholarships. Upon acceptance, student then follow the military science program described for the four-year program.

 

Two-Year Program

The two-year program is available to qualified junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students who have two years of academic work remaining. Veterans who have achieved junior academic status and meet enrollment criteria are also eligible for this program. Students may receive credit for the first two years of the ROTC program by attending the ROTC Leaders Training Course or by previous junior ROTC participation. Active duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, for students with two years remaining toward completion of their undergraduate degrees. Transfer students who meet the same criteria are also eligible for scholarships. Upon acceptance, students then follow the military science program described for junior and senior cadets in the four-year program.

 

Field Training

Several military training programs are available to qualified cadets. A five-week paid Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, qualifies students for the two-year program. All cadets attend a 32-day paid ROTC National Advanced Leaders Course at Fort Lewis, Washington, after their junior year. This course provides practical application of advanced military and leadership skills required for commissioning.

 

Adventure Training

Qualified candidates may also receive training in Airborne school (parachuting), Air Assault school (rappelling from helicopters), Cadet Troop Leadership Training (training in Army units around the world) and in Northern Warfare school (Arctic survival).

 

 

 

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

MSL 101  Foundations of Officership (1).

Recommended corequisite: MSL 103.

Introduces students to issues and competencies that are central to a commissioned officer’s responsibilities. Establishes framework for understanding officership, leadership, and followed army values including “life skills” such as physical fitness and time management.

MSL 103  Military Science and Leadership Lab for MSL 101 (1).

Corequisite: MSL 101.

Course is designed to assist students with no military background. The student will be a member of a squad and receive instruction on small unit tactics, army values, army leadership techniques and selected critical individual military skills. Lab is encouraged by optional unless contracted. CR/NC grading.

MSL 102  Basic Leadership (1).

Recommended corequisite: MSL 104.

Establishes foundation of basic leadership fundamentals such as problem solving, communications, goal setting, techniques for improving listening and speaking skills, briefings and effective writing and an introduction to effective counseling.

MSL 104  Military Science and Leadership Lab for MSL 102 (1).

Corequisite: MSL 102.

Course is designed to assist students with no military background. The student will be a member of a squad and receive instruction on small unit tactics, army values, army leadership techniques and selected critical individual military skills. Lab is encouraged but not required unless contracted. CR/NC grading.

MSL 201  Individual Leadership
Studies (2).

Recommended prerequisite: MSL 102; recommended corequisite: MSL 203.

Students identify successful characteristics through the observation of others and through experimental learning exercises. Students record observed traits (good and bad) in a dimensional learning journal and discuss the observations in a small group setting.

MSL 203  Military Science and Leadership Lab for MSL 201 (1).

Recommended prerequisite: MSL 102, MSL 104; recommended corequisite: MSL 201.

Students will transition into becoming a small group leader and will perform duties of military fire team leader and squad leader. Cadet will learn army values, leadership techniques and selected individual military skills. Lab is encouraged but not required unless contracted. CR/NC grading.

MSL 202  Leadership and Teamwork (2).

Recommended prerequisite: MSL 201; recommended corequisite: MSL 203.

Students identify successful characteristics through the observation of others and through experimental learning exercises. Students record observed traits (good and bad) in a dimensional learning journal and discuss the observations in a small group setting.

MSL 204  Military Science and Leadership Lab for MSL 202 (1).

Recommended prerequisite: MSL 101, MSL 103; corequisite: MSL 202.

Students will perform duties of military fire team leader and squad leader. Cadet will learn army values, leadership techniques and selected individual military skills. Students will be assessed for leadership performance. Lab is encouraged but not required unless contracted. CR/NC grading.

MSL 301  Leadership and
Problem Solving (3).

Prerequisites: MSL 202 and MSL 204 or consent of instructor; corequisite: MSL 303.

Students conduct self-assessment of their leadership style, develop personal fitness programs and learn how to plan and conduct small unit training while testing their reasoning and problem solving techniques. Students receive direct feedback on their leadership skills.

MSL 303  Military Science and Leadership Lab for MSL 301 (1).

Prerequisites: MSL 202 and MSL 204, or consent of instructor; corequisite: MSL 301.

Course teaches leadership skills, counseling, oral and written communications, supervision, and preparation and conduct of training. CR/NC grading.

MSL 302  Leadership and Ethics (3).

Prerequisites: MSL 301 and MSL 303; corequisite: MSL 304.

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. Emphasis on improving oral and written communication abilities.

MSL 304 Military Science and Leadership Lab for MSL 302 (1).

Prerequisites: MSL 301 and MSL 303; corequisite: MSL 302.

Students serve in various leadership positions including squad, platoon and company levels. Responsible for developing and executing unit plans and orders; training other students, executing small unit tactics and preparing for Advanced Camp Training/Evaluation. CR/NC grading.

MSL 401  Leadership Management (3).

Prerequisites: MSL 302 and MSL 304; corequisite: MSL 403.

Develops the students’ 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 collaborations and developmental counseling techniques.

MSL 403  Military Science and Leadership Lab for MSL 401 (1).

Prerequisites: MSL 302 and MSL 304; corequisite: MSL 401.

Accepted as a cadet in the ROTC program, cadet will serve in leadership positions at the platoon, company and battalion levels. Responsible for planning, execution, and evaluation of ROTC training activities. Cadet will also serve as mentor for junior cadets. CR/NC grading.

MSL 402  Officership (3).

Prerequisites: MSL 401 and MSL 403; corequisite: MSL 404.

Study includes case study analysis of military law and practical exercises on establishing an ethical command climate. Students must complete a semester long leadership project that requires them to plan, organize, collaborate, analyze and demonstrate their leadership skills.

MSL 404  Military Science and
Leadership Lab for MSL 402 (1).

Prerequisites: MSL 401 and MSL 403; corequisite: MSL 402.

Accepted as a cadet in the ROTC program, cadet will serve in leadership positions at the platoon, company and battalion levels. Responsible for planning and evaluation of ROTC training activities. Cadet will serve as mentor for junior cadets. Upon completion of course, the cadets will be prepared to serve as commissioned officers. CR/NC grading.

MSL 411  United States
Military History (3).

Study of the American military establishment and the art of war with emphasis placed on the changing nature of warfare in the face of social, economic, and technological developments.