The military science program offers courses of study leading to an academic minor in military science and an officer’s commission in the United States Army. Students may enroll in lower-division courses without incurring a military service obligation. The lower-division courses provide theoretical and practical training in leadership and management principles and applications, basic military skills, and officer responsibilities.
Students who do not wish to pursue a commission may still earn a minor in Military Science with alternate requirements.
Admission to the Program
Any undergraduate student can pursue this minor.
The minor consists of at least 21 credits.
Contracted cadets are required to take MSC 103 (fall) or MS 104 (spring) each semester enrolled; each session earns 1 credit
Applicants for commissioning will complete a Leadership Development Advanced Course (off-campus) following their junior year.
Meet one of the following:
- Successfully complete the following courses:
- MSC 101 Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking
- MSC 102 Adaptive Leadership and Professional Competence
- MSC 201 Leadership and Decision Making
- MSC 202 Army Doctrine and Team Development
- Successfully complete a five-week summer training program (Leadership Training Course), conducted off campus; all expenses paid by the Department of Military Science.
- Prior military service participation (honorable), which includes the successful completion of military basic training.
- Completion of a special accelerated "compression" program of study.
- MSC 103 Military Fitness and Conditioning
- MSC 104 Military Fitness and Conditioning
- MSC 301 Adaptive Team Leadership
- MSC 302 Leadership Development and Assessment
- MSC 401 Developing Adaptive Leaders
- MSC 402 Leadership in a Complex World
- MSC 310 Survey of American Military History
- HST 327 American Military Experience
Mandatory Commissioning Requirements
In order to complete this minor, students must sign a contract with the intent to commission with the U.S. Army by the end of the semester in which they take MSC 301.