What will I learn in a military science minor?

The Department of Military Science offers four years of military science courses, lower and upper division. The 300 and 400-level courses are restricted to contracted Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets pursuing commissions as officers in the United States Army. The 100 and 200-level courses are open to qualified and interested students. There is no contractual requirement for the lower level courses and any student may drop the class at any time.


The curriculum is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to meet the following objectives:

  1. Provide opportunities to learn and practice leadership styles, dimensions and techniques
  2. Provide an understanding of the historical role of the U.S. Army and how that role supports the goals and objectives of national policy
  3. Develop and improve communication skills using practical oral and written exercises
  4. Develop an understanding of the professional military ethic and ethos
  5. Provide general knowledge of the structure of the U.S. Army, its organization and how its various components work together
  6. Provide an understanding of American military history and the leadership principles that cause military leaders to succeed or fail

Lower division

Lower-division (100 and 200-level) courses are offered for one or two credits each. These courses provide the basic framework of knowledge and emphasize basic military terms, leadership, organization and military history.

Upper division

Upper-division (300 and 400-level) courses primarily are offered for four credits each. These courses are offered only to contracted cadets, or those in the process of contracting. They provide the advanced leadership, decision-making, communication, ethics and tactical education to prepare the student to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

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