College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

       The mission of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is to commission college students to be future leaders of the United States Army. Since ROTC produces over 65 percent of the Army's Officer Corps, our task is one of the most important undertakings in the Army and our country today.  We seek top quality college students. We train these potential leaders, assess their abilities, and challenge them with the highest standards of professionalism. Those who successfully complete the program, receive a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Students may request to serve as an officer in either the active Army, or part time in the Army Reserve or National Guard.


Two Years That Will Prepare You For Years To Come

The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class and lab each semester along with the requisite physical training and field training exercises. You will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership and start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

Freshman Year: Preparing For Success As An Army Officer
Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Army Leadership
  • Army Customs and Traditions 
  • Military Operations and Tactics
  • Goal Setting and Accomplishment
  • Health and Physical Fitness


Courses and Course Descriptions:

MSL 10100 - Foundation Officership 
The Course introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Instructors explain and illustrate how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership (in both the civilian and military environment), officer-ship, the Army profession, and daily life  Co-requisite:  Leadership Laboratory, Physical Fitness. 2/0 credits

MSL 10200 - Basic Leadership

The course presents fundamental leadership concepts and doctrine. Students learn skills such as, active listening, providing feedback, problem-solving, and using effective writing skills. Students explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises and scenarios.  Co-requisite: Leadership Laboratory Physical Fitness. 2/0 credits

Sophomore Year: The Role Of An Officer
Topics covered include:

  • Applied Leadership Theory
  • Communications   
  • Principles of War   
  • Military Operations and Tactic

Courses and Course Descriptions
MSL 20100 - Leadership and Teamwork

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 much of modern leadership frameworks (trait and behavior theories). Students develop self-confidence, individual leadership skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and apply communication, feedback, and conflict resolution skills.

Students practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. 

Co-requisite: Leadership Laboratory and Physical Fitness. 3/0 credits

Leadership Laboratory Exercises

MSL 20200 - Individual Leadership Studies

Examines the challenges of leading teams in complex contemporary operating environments. Instructors highlight course of action development, analysis, the execution of orders, and the achievement of mission success. Students develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills while studying the theoretical basis of situational and contingent leadership. Students analyze recent and historical military case studies to gain insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and techniques in real-world scenarios. Parallels are drawn to the competitive and cross-cultural environments of most modern corporations. Co-requisite:  Leadership Laboratory and Physical Fitness. 3/0 Credits

Graduate College With A Degree In Leadership

The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and lab each semester in addition to the requisite physical training and field training exercises, plus a summer leadership camp. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. To benefit from the leadership training in the Advanced Course, all Cadets must have completed either the Basic Course or have attended the Leader's Training Course. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

Junior Year: Leading Small Tactical Units
Topics covered include:

  • Command and Staff Functions
  • Law of War
  • Weapons
  • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
  • Military Operations and Tactics

MSL 30100 - Leadership and Problem Solving

Challenges students to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with complex scenarios related to the contemporary operating environment and across the full spectrum of military, corporate, and civic operations. Instructors and fellow students give students systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions as they are applied in a variety of situations. Self-evaluations also allow students to develop their leadership skills and critical thinking abilities.

Co-requisite: Leadership Laboratory Physical Fitness. 3/0 credits

MSL 30200 - Leadership and Ethics

Presents increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build student awareness and skills in leading small teams of people. Students explore, evaluate, and develop skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members across a full spectrum of military, corporate, and civic operations. Apply principles and techniques of effective written and oral communication. Instructors review aspects of military operations as a means of preparing students for the ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

Co-requisite: Leadership Laboratory and  Physical Fitness. 3/0 Credits

Senior Year: Transition To Becoming An Officer
Topics covered include:

  • Training the Force
  • Military Justice
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Personnel Management
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Post and Installation Support
  • Military Operations and Tactics

Courses and Course Descriptions

MSL 40100 -  Leadership and Management
Strengthens student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations while functioning as a member of a staff and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Students assess risk, make ethical and moral decisions, identify responsibilities of key staff members, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to lead, teach, train, and develop junior ROTC Cadets. Apply leadership and problem solving principles to a complex case study and simulation. Lessons on military and civil justice and personnel processes prepare students to make the transition to their initial leadership assignments. Prerequisite: ROTC 3030 or ROTC 0330.

Co-requisite: Leadership Laboratory and Physical Fitness. 3/0 credits

MSL 40200 - Officer-ship
Explores the dynamics of leading in the complicated situations of current operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE) of the global village. Students examine differences in customs and courtesies, culture, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, engaging in civil duties, and host nation support. Instructors place significant emphasis on preparing Cadets for their first unit of assignment. Case studies, scenarios, and exercises prepare Cadets to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading organizations of varied sizes to succeed in a global and complex world. 

Co-requisite: Leadership Laboratory and Physical Fitness. 3/0 Credits

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Leadership Laboratory: Applied Leadership and Management Leadership

Laboratory is designed to provide students the environment and scenarios to lead organizations of varied sizes (from team to company size). It offers the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles, theories, and techniques explored in the formal classroom military science courses. By design, the Leadership Labs are progressive and sequential, where students are placed in increasing complex scenarios. This is a 2-hour session. All students accepted as Cadets in the ROTC program are required to enroll in this course. 0/0 Credit