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All course descriptions carry behind the name and number a parenthesis ( ) indicating the credit hours, lecture hours, and the lab hours per week. For example: NSCI 110 (4-3-2). The first number in the parenthesis indicates the credit value of the course (4); the second number indicates the number of lecture hours (3) per week; and the third number indicates the number of lab hours per week (2).

MSCI 101 (1-1-2) Military Organizations: MSCI 101 introduces you to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership and the structure of the ROTC Basic courses which consist of MSCI 101, 102, 201, 202, Fall and Spring Leadership Labs, and the Leaders Training Course.  The key objective of this semester is to begin an introduction of critical thinking skills that will enable you to make important decisions based on information. Additionally, you will receive an introduction to the Army's leadership philosophies and integrate them into your own personal development experiences. You will learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, mental/physical resiliency, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions, attributes and core leader competencies while gaining an understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student. Fall semester only.

MSCI 102 (1-1-4) Basic Leadership and Management: MSCI 102 overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills.  You will explore dimensions of leadership attributes and core leader competencies in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. The key objective of this semester is to continue to develop critical thinking skills and explore in more detail the Army's leadership philosophy and learn fundamental military concepts. Spring semester only.

MSCI 201 (3-3-2) Studies in Decision Making: MSCI 201 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.  The key objective of this semester is to continue to develop critical thinking skills necessary to making decisions based on information. Additionally, this course will continue to develop knowledge of the Army's leadership philosophies and integrate this knowledge into tactical strategies and team development. 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 MSCI 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. Fall semester only.

MSCI 202 (3-3-4) Land Navigation and Tactics: MSCI 202 examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment.  The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders.  The key learning objective of this semester is to explore leadership incorporating terrain analysis, tactical strategies, and team development. Critical thinking skills will continue to be the focus of MSIC 202 along with further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. MSCI 202 prepares Cadets for MSCI 301.  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. Spring semester only.

MSCI 221 (3-3-0) Leader's Training Course: An intensive practical application of leadership and military skills to satisfy basic course requirements (MSCI 101 and 102). Conducted at Fort Knox, KY for approximately six weeks. Summer only.

MSCI 301 (3-3-2) Unit Level Command Response: MSCI 301 Cadets are challenged to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive team leadership skills as they are presented with the demands of the ROTC Cadet Leadership Course (CLC).  Challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills.  Cadets will receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership abilities. The overall objective of this course is to integrate the principles and practices of effective leadership, military operations and personal development in order to adequately prepare students for the summer Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Fall semester only.

MSCI 302 (3-3-4) Terrain Analysis: MSCI 302 uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuading and motivating team members when "under fire" are explored, evaluated, and developed.  Aspects of military operations are reviewed as a means of preparing for the ROTC Cadet Leadership Course (CLC). Cadets are expected to apply basic principles of the Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to troop leading procedures. Emphasis is also placed on conducting military briefings and developing proficiency in Garrison operation orders. MSCI 302 Cadets are evaluated on what they "know" and "do" as leaders and will analyze and apply leadership principles to complex and varied Army operations. Spring semester only.

MSCI 321 (3-3-0) Applied Military Leadership: Cadet Leadership Course (CLC). An intensive practical application of leadership and military skills for Advanced Course students. 29 day assessment program conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky for all Advanced Course cadets from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Summer only.

MSCI 401 (3-3-2) Basic Officer Course Prep: MSCI 401 transitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored and evaluated as an MSCI III Cadet to learning how to train, mentor and evaluate underclass Cadets.  MSCI IV Cadets learn the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer and apply the Military Decision Making Process, Army Writing Style, and the Army's Training Management and METL Development processes during weekly Training Meetings to plan, execute and assess battalion training events.  Cadets learn to safely conduct training by understanding and employing the Composite Risk Management Process.  Cadets learn how to use the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program to reduce and manage stress. The overall objective of this course is to prepare the student for success at the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) B, (which the student will attend upon graduation and commissioning) and to develop the student into a leader imbued with the Warrior Ethos, who can think critically and will be capable of leading Soldiers in the Full Spectrum Operating Environment (OE) at their first unit of assignment.  Fall semester only.

MSCI 402 (3-3-4) Advanced Leadership and Management: MSCI 402 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the full spectrum operations (FSO). You will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism.  You also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing you for BOLC B, and your first unit of assignment.  It uses case studies, scenarios, and "What Now, Lieutenant?" exercises to prepare you to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Spring semester only.

MSCI 421 (1-0-3) Physical Education and Training: This course is designed to introduce the student to physical fitness and the regulatory components of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Information on various topics contributing to a fit lifestyle (such as nutrition and hydration, the benefits of aerobic and anaerobic exercise, running selection, etc.) will be interwoven throughout the course. The course will involve calisthenics, introduction to various sports, swimming, weight lifting, running, and road marching.
Prerequisite: MSCI 301 Or MSCI 302

MSCI 422 (1-0-3) Physical Education and Training: This course is designed to sustain the student's physical fitness in accordance with the regulatory components of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Information on various topics contributing to an above average fitness level (muscular strengthening and endurance, nutrition and hydration, the benefits of total body fitness, distance running/road marching techniques, etc.) will be interwoven throughout the course. The course will involve calisthenics, negotiation of obstacle courses advanced water survival, leadership/ confidence building exercises, preparation and execution of lesson plans, organization and execution of physical fitness training administration of APFT, and evaluation techniques.

MSCI 423 (1-0-3) Physical Education II: This course is designed to introduce the student to physical fitness and the regulatory components of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). Information on various topics contributing to an above average fitness level (muscular strengthening and endurance, nutrition and hydration, benefits of total body fitness, distance running/road marching techniques, etc.) will be interwoven throughout the course. The course will involve calisthenics, negotiation of obstacle courses, advance water survival, leadership/confidence building exercises, preparation and execution of lesson plans, organization and execution of physical fitness training, administration of APFT and evaluation techniques.

The Military Science curriculum is a leadership development program that enhances students' academic endeavors and develops men and women for positions of responsibility as commissioned officers in the active Army and its reserves. The program has two components: the Basic and Advanced courses.

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