Academics

Course Descriptions

All military science courses are taught at Newberry College. Leadership labs are held at our host institution, Presbyterian College.

MSC 101. Leadership and Personal Development. (2) MSC 102. Introduction to Tactical Leadership. (2)

(2 hour lecture) No military obligation incurred.

MSC 101 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, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession.

MSC 102 provides an overview of leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Cadets explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and action in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises.

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Physical Education, Area G. Class meets twice a week at Newberry College.

MSC 101 offered fall semester; MSC 102 offered spring semester.

MSC 101L, 102L. Basic Leadership Lab I. (1)

No military obligation incurred. Co-requisite: MSC 101 or 102.

ROTC labs bring together all elements of classroom instruction into field training focusing on basic knowledge and comprehension of the Army leadership dimensions. Labs are designed to introduce the freshman cadet to drill and ceremony, marksmanship, land navigation, first aid, small unit tactics, obstacle course training, and water survival. Required for contracted cadets.

Labs meet once a week at Presbyterian College.

MSC 101L offered fall semester. MSC 102L offered spring semester.

MSC 105. Foundations of Leadership (Compressed). (3)

This course is offered by exception only through prior approval of the Professor of Military Science and Leadership. This course merges the MSC 101 and 102 courses in a compressed period. The course accomplishes all enabling learning objectives and terminal learning objectives of two semesters. Military obligation is incurred due to linkage to follow on courses and commissioning.

 

MSC 201. Innovative Team Leadership. (2 )

MSC 202. Foundations of Tactical Leadership. (2)

(2 hour lecture) No military obligation incurred.

MSC 201 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework (trait and behavior theories). Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises.

MSC 202 examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment (COE). The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations.

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Physical Education, Area G.

Class meets twice a week at Newberry College; Lab, once a week at Presbyterian College. MSC 201 offered fall semester; MSC 202 offered spring semester.

MSC 201L, 202L. Basic Leadership Lab II. (1)

No military obligation incurred. Co-requisite: MSC 201 or 202.

ROTC labs bring together all elements of classroom instruction into field training focusing on basic knowledge and comprehension of the Army leadership dimensions. Labs are designed to reinforce the sophomore cadet‘s introduction to drill and ceremony, marksmanship, land navigation, first aid, small unit tactics, obstacle course training, and water survival. Required for contracted cadets.

MSC 201L offered fall semester. MSC 202L offered spring semester.

MSC 205. Leadership and Teamwork. (3)

This course is offered by exception only through the prior approval of the Professor of Military Science and Leadership. This course merges MSC 201 and 202 courses in a compressed period. The course accomplishes all enabling learning objectives and terminal learning objectives of two semesters. Military obligation is incurred due to linkage to follow on courses and commissioning.

MSC 210. Basic Army Physical Fitness. (1)

No military obligation incurred. Co-requisites: MSC 101, 102, 201, or 202.

ROTC physical fitness training develops, improves, and maintains the high level of physical strength and stamina required to be successful as a military officer. Training includes basic nutrition and fitness, running, upper body exercises, flexibility, and recreational activities. Course may be repeated for credit. This is a requirement for contracted cadets.

Partially Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements for Physical Education, Area G.

MSC 250. ROTC Leadership Training Camp (LTC). (Up to 8)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Professor of Military Science.

Four week, summer internship, at Fort Knox, KY. This is the accelerated version of the first two years of ROTC offered on campus and is meant to provide the best leadership development available. Students must have at least two years remaining before graduation. Travel pay and salary provided. Camp graduates are eligible for enrollment in advanced military science and may be offered a two year scholarship upon graduation. This course exposes the student to army life and allows them to decide if they want to pursue contracting and commissioning but does not commit a student to military duty.

This is a pass/fail course only. Offered only during the summer session. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Physical Education, Area G.

MSC 301. Adaptive Team Leadership. (4) MSC 302. Applied Team Leadership. (4)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly) Prerequisites: Basic Course (MSC 101/102/201/202) or Equivalent training approved by the Professor of Military Science. MSC 301 challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systemic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self- evaluations, cadets continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities.

MSC 302 challenges cadets as they face increasingly intense situations in order to build awareness and apply team leadership skills in leading tactical operations at the small unit level. Cadets review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. They also conduct military briefings and develop proficiency in the operation orders process. The focus is on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision-making, influencing others, and motivating team members in the contemporary operating environment. Cadets are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders as they prepare to attend the Leader Development Assessment Course.

Course satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Physical Education, Area G. MSC 301 offered fall semester; MSC 302 offered spring semester.

Lab meets at Presbyterian College.

MSC 401. Developing Adaptive Leaders. (4) MSC 402. Leadership in a Complex World. (4)

(3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab weekly) Prerequisites: MSC 301, 302.

MSC 401 teaches cadets the duties and responsibilities of an Army staff officer and how to use the military decision making process, the Army writing style, and the Army‘s principles of training management during weekly training meetings to plan, execute, and assess ROTC battalion training events. Cadets study the special trust proposed to Army Officers by the U.S. Constitution and the President of the United States and how Army values and leader ethics are applied in the contemporary operating environment. Cadets learn the Army Officer‘s role in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the counseling of subordinates, administrative actions, and how to manage their career as an Army Officer. Senior cadets train, mentor, and evaluate junior cadets while being mentored and evaluated by experienced ROTC cadre.

MSC 402 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment. Cadets examine the differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Cadets also explore aspects of interacting with non-governmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. Significant emphasis is placed on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment using case studies, scenarios, and exercises to prepare cadets to face complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

Course satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Physical Education, Area G. MSC 401 offered fall semester; MSC 402 offered spring semester.

Lab meets at Presbyterian College.

MSC 405. Leadership, Management, and Officership . (Compressed) (3)

This course is offered by exception only through the prior approval of the Professor of Military Science and Leadership. This course merges MSC 401 and 402 courses into a compressed period. The course accomplishes all enabling learning objectives and terminal learning objectives of two semesters. Military obligation is incurred due to linkage to follow on courses and commissioning.

MSC 410. Advanced Army Physical Fitness. (1)

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

Co-requisites: MSC 301, 302, 401, or 402.

ROTC physical fitness training develops, improves, and maintains the high level of physical strength and stamina required to be successful as a military officer. Training includes basic nutrition and fitness, running, upper body exercises, flexibility, and recreational activities. Cadets serve as leaders by planning, organizing, and running physical training sessions for freshmen and sophomore cadets. Course may be repeated for credit. Limited to and required for contracted cadets.

Course partially satisfies Core Curriculum requirements for Physical Education, Area G.

Course Descriptions