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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. Note: Taken concurrently with MSL 201 and MSL 202. (Note: 1 lecture credit)
MSL 101 Introduction to Military Science I (3)
(formerly ROTC 150)
This course introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining a big picture of understanding the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. (Note: 2 lecture, 1 lab credit)
MSL 102 Introduction to Military Science II (3)
(formerly ROTC 151 Foundations of Officership)
Prerequisite: MSL 101, or prior military experience
This course overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Cadets receive continued emphasis on recruitment and retention. Cadre role models and the building of stronger relationships among the Cadets (through common experience and practical interaction) are critical aspects of the MSL 102 program. (Note: 2 lecture, 1 lab credit)
MSL 201 Intermediate Military Science I (3)
(formerly ROTC 252 Fundamentals of Leadership)
Prerequisite: MSL 101, MSL 102, ENG 151, or prior military experience, taken concurrently with MSL 100
This course 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 the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced planning, executing and assessing team exercises. While participation in the leadership labs is not mandatory during the MSL II year, significant experience can be gained in a multitude of areas and participation in the labs is highly encouraged. The focus continues to build on developing knowledge of the leadership attributes and core leader competencies through the understanding of Army rank, structure, and duties as well as broadening knowledge of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies will provide a tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos. (Note: 2 lecture, 1 lab credit)
MSL 202 Intermediate Military Science II (3)
(formerly ROTC 253 The Military as a Profession)
Prerequisite: MSL 201, ENG 251 or concurrently, or prior military experience, taken concurrently with MSL 100
This course examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. Case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. (Note: 2 lecture, 1 lab credit)