MSCI 1210 Leadership/Personal Development - 1 credit
Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies critical for effective leadership. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to civilian and military leadership professions. Students will utilize the Basler Challenge Course and receive marksmanship training. (Fall)
MSCI 1220 Introduction to Tactical Leadership - 1 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of MSCI 1210 or approval of Professor of Military Science.
A study of leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills that relate to civilian and military leadership professions. Students will utilize the Basler Challenge Course and receive marksmanship training. (Spring)
MSCI 2110 Innovative Team Leadership - 2 credits
Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of civilian and military leadership traits and behavior theories. Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier's Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in changing operating environments. (Fall)
MSCI 1180 Leadership/Personal Development (Lab) - 1 credit
Practical application of leadership skills and an introduction to military drill and ceremony. Individuals who sign up for MSCI 1180 must also be enrolled in either MSCI 1210 or MSCI 2110. (Fall)
MSCI 2150 Military Skills I - 2 credits
Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in complex and changing operating environments. Course highlights the dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Students develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. (Spring)
MSCI 1181 Tactical Leadership (Lab) - 1 credit
Practical application of leadership skills and an introduction to military drill and ceremony. Individuals who sign up for MSCI 1181 must also be enrolled in either MSCI 1220 or MSCI 2150. (Spring)
MSCI 2580 Leader's Training Course - 6 credits
Prerequisite: Approval of Professor of Military Science.
Available only to students pursuing an ROTC commission, and who have not completed the four ROTC Basic Course classes. The Leaders Training Course, conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky, is an intense four (4) week leadership development course in which students live, work, and learn in a cooperative group environment, gaining practical leadership experience and receiving detailed feedback on their performance. (Summer)
LTC teaches students:
- Teamwork, small unit tactics
- Basic Land Navigation
- Basic Weapon training
Fun things that students do while at FT Knox:
The best part about the Leaders Training Course is that students are paid for the training. The pay is about $25 a day to have fun and receive free college credit. For more information, check out the official Leader's Training Course page.
MSCI 3110 Adaptive Tactical Leadership - 3 credits
Prerequisite: MSCI 2110 and MSCI 2150, or MSCI 2580; or approval of Professor of Military Science.
Course continues to challenge students to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Students receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, students continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. (Fall)
MSCI 3120 Leadership in a Changing Environment - 3 credits
Prerequisite: MSCI 3110 or approval of Professor of Military Science.
Course utilizes increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build awareness and skills in leading tactical operations up to platoon level. Students will review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations; conduct military briefings to develop proficiency in giving operation orders; and focus on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members in changing operating environments. (Spring)
MSCI 4580 Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) - 6 credits
Prerequisites: Completion of MSCI 3110 and MSCI 3120.
LDAC is a four (4) week leadership course conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington. Students will rotate through leadership positions, supervising their peers through both administrative and tactical activities in both garrison and field environments. Students will be under leadership evaluation 24 hours a day for the duration of the course, will receive a detailed appraisal of their displayed leadership performance, and return to campus qualified to enter the 4000 level Military Science and Leadership courses. (Summer)
NOTE: Successful completion of camp is necessary for a cadet to receive a commission as a second lieutenant. Cadets spend most of their MS III year training for this camp.
MSCI 4110 Developing Adaptive Leaders - 3 credits
Prerequisite: MSCI 3120 or approval of Professor of Military Science.
Course develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates as part of civilian and military leadership professions. Students assess risk, make ethical decisions, identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates. (Fall)
MSCI 4120 Leadership in a Complex World - 3 credits
Prerequisite: MSCI 4110 or approval of Professor of Military Science.
Course explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in changing operating environments. Students examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Course also explores aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. (Spring)
MSCI 1217 Physical Fitness (Basic) - 1 credit
Conducted in two sections. Section 002 meets TR and is designed to promote basic overall fitness with an emphasis on nutrition, endurance, and strength training as part of an active lifestyle. Section 001 meets MWF and consists of an extremely high intensity, challenging fitness program focused on preparing ROTC Cadets to meet the fitness standards demanded of future Army Officers. This course may be taken up to four (4) times for credit. (Fall, Spring)
MSCI 3217 Physical Fitness (Instructor) - 1 credit
An extremely high intensity, challenging fitness program focused on preparing ROTC Cadets (MSIII and IV) to meet the fitness standards demanded of future Army Officers. Course is required for contracted Cadets. This course may be taken up to four (4) times for credit. (Fall, Spring)
MSCI 4582 Military History - 3 credits
Prerequisite: Approval of Professor of Military Science.
A historical perspective to decisions made by American military leaders from the colonial period through the current operating environment. Will explore the military's role in society, the evolution of war and the progression of military professionalism, the major wars fought by the United States Army, and the role of the United States military in joint operations and humanitarian operations.