Military Science, Minor

Department

Department of Military Science

Lt. Col. Lorenzo Rios, Chair
North Gym, Room 211
559.278.2887
www.fresnostate.edu/craig/depts-programs/army/

Degrees and Programs Offered

MN in Military Science, Minor

The Army Military Science Program, also known as Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), is an officer-producing program that commissions qualified students into the United States Army, just like West Point. Our program is a part of a national ROTC program that has historically produced leaders such as Gen. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State; Earl Graves, chairman and publisher, Black Enterprise magazine; and Henry Cisneros, former president and chief operating officer, Univision Communications, Inc. Our program is founded in both theoretical instruction and practical application of leadership. Students learn a range of skills (such as decision making, time management, communications, and counseling) that prepare them to succeed in both military and civilian settings.

Students who are uncertain about what ROTC is all about and what it can offer may enroll in introductory courses for either one or two units. The courses acquaint the student with ROTC, the Army, and what opportunities are available. The emphasis in the introductory courses is on familiarization in the basics of ROTC and Army life, adventure training, success in college, and learning to be physically fit.

Those students who want to continue in the program and pursue an opportunity to serve their country as a commissioned officer enroll in a structured curriculum from 12-21 units over a period of two years (see course listings, next page). The emphasis in these courses is on development of leadership skills, decision-making skills, written and oral communications skills, time management, and continued physical fitness. Students who enroll in this curriculum are required to attend the Leadership Development and Assignment course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. This course is a 30-day leadership laboratory in which students apply leadership skills while leading peers through variety of exciting events. Students' travel and accommodations are paid for and students are paid to attend.

Enrollment Requirements

Those students who are simply interested in finding out about our program should enroll in one of our introductory courses (see course listings, next page). Those who are considering pursuing the full military science course must meet certain requirements. Information on these requirements can be obtained by telephoning or visiting the Army ROTC office on campus, 278.2887, or in California, 800.660.ROTC.

Financial Assistance

All students who qualify and formally enroll in the Military Science Program earn at least $3,000 a year and can earn in excess of $50,000 during their college careers. Qualified students receive a stipend from $300 to $500 (tax free) each month depending on their academic status ($300 freshman, $350 sophomore, $450 junior, and $500 seniors) during the school year. In addition cadets attending our nationally run leadership development course can earn approximately $700. Students who qualify may elect to join a California National Army Guard or a United States Army Reserve unit as an officer trainee and be paid a minimum of $288 per weekend drill. The Army also has made available two-, three, and four-year scholarships - on a competitive basis - which pay all tuition, book, and fees in addition to a tax-free stipend each month.

Extracurricular Activities

The Military Science Program offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of challenging and exciting activities that emphasize teamwork and increase a student's self-discipline and personal confidence. Some of these activities include leadership reaction courses, rappelling, orienteering, water survival training, marksmanship, map reading, helicopter insertions, and various individual confidence-building exercises. For those who seek additional training, the Military Science Program offers cadets the opportunity to attend a U.S. Army school such as Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, and Sapper.

Courses

Military Science

MS 1. Introduction to the U.S. Army and Critical Thinking

Cadets will learn how the personal development of life skills such as cultural understanding, goal setting, time management, stress management, and comprehensive fitness 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.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

MS 2. Introduction to the Profession of Arms

Cadets will learn how Army ethics and values shape the Army and the specific ways that these ethics are inculcated into Army culture. Cadets can expect to explore the seven Army Values, Warrior Ethos, explore the Profession of Arms, Army Leadership and critical communication skills.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 11. Leadership and Decision Making

Primarily is drawn from the Adaptability Army Learning Area (ALA). The outcomes are demonstrated through Critical and Creative Thinking and the ability to apply Troop Leading Procedures (TLP). Comprehension of the officer`s role in Leading Change by applying Innovative Solutions to Problems in concert with the Principles of Mission Command. The Army Profession is also stressed through leadership forums and a leadership self-assessment.

Units: 2
Course Typically Offered: Fall

MS 12. Army Doctrine and Team Development

Begins the journey to understand and demonstrate Cross-Cultural Competencies as they relate to Army doctrine and how they apply in a combatant commander?s Engagement Strategies. Army Values, Teamwork, and Warrior Ethos and their relationship to the Law of Land Warfare and philosophy of military service are also stressed. The ability to lead and follow is also covered through Team Building exercises in small units up to squad level.

Units: 2
Course Typically Offered: Spring

MS 13. Cadet Basic Camp (CBC)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A four-week training program during the summer. This course is a "no obligation" look at the U.S. Army's basic leadership skills and training overview. Training is held and pay provided at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 50A. Freshman Leadership Laboratory

Open to freshman year Army ROTC students and cadets. Expands classroom instruction in a weekly laboratory in order to conduct leader development and prepare students and cadets for upcoming training requirements and futures as an Officer in the United States Army. Attendance is a requirement for graduation and commission.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 50B. Sophomore Leadership Laboratory

Open to sophomore year Army ROTC students and cadets. Expands classroom instruction in a weekly laboratory in order to conduct leader development and prepare students and cadets for upcoming training requirements and futures as an Officer in the United States Army. Attendance is mandatory for contracted cadets for completion of sophomore year Army ROTC cadet requirements and for graduation and commission requirements.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 131. Training Management and the Warfighting Functions

Challenges cadets to study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes values, and core leader competencies from instructor, other ROTC cadre, and MSL IV Cadets using the Cadet Officer Evaluation System (OES).

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

MS 132. Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations

Builds on the lessons learned and leadership attributes gained and developed during MSL301. This is an academically challenging course were Cadets will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, Cadets will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Leader Training Exercise (LTX).

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

MS 133. Cadet Advanced Camp (CAC)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A four-week summer camp conducted at Fort Knox, KY. Topics include familiarization with U.S. Army weapons systems, military skills, confidence training, light infantry tactics, and leadership and management techniques.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 141. The Army Officer

Develops cadet proficiency in planning, executing and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow Army ROTC cadets. They identify responsibilities of key staff, coordinate staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train and develop subordinates.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

MS 142. Company Grade Leadership

Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in today's operational environment. Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

MS 150A. Junior Leadership Laboratory

Open to junior year Army ROTC students and cadets. Expands classroom instruction in a weekly laboratory in order to conduct leader development and prepare students and cadets for upcoming training requirements and futures as an Officer in the United States Army. Attendance is mandatory for completion of junior year Army ROTC cadet requirements and for graduation and commission requirements.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 150B. Senior Leadership Laboratory

Open to senior year Army ROTC cadets. Expands classroom instruction in a weekly laboratory in order to conduct leader development and prepare cadets for upcoming training requirements and futures as an Officer in the United States Army. Attendance is a requirement for graduation and commission for all contracted cadets.

Units: 1, Repeatable up to 2 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

MS 192. Military History

Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Directed reading in military history and/or the role of the Army in the formulation of national policy in consultation with a U.S. Army Military History Course Instructor.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Requirements

Military Science Minor Requirements

Each student enrolled in the ROTC Advanced Course and who completes the 21 units (19 upper -division) necessary for commissioning will be eligible for the award of a Minor in Military Science. Coordination with the department faculty adviser is required.

Required courses (21 units)
MS 50A50B131132141142150A150BHIST 144KAC 42

Optional course (3 units)
MS 192

Total (21-24 units)

Note: The Military Science Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.

Professional Military Education Requirements (PME). In addition to the required courses above, students in the ROTC Advanced Course must fulfill prescribed professional military education requirements by satisfactorily completing courses in written communication, human behavior, military history, and computer literacy. Students must obtain approval from their military science department faculty adviser to ensure their planned course of study will satisfy this requirement prior to graduation and commissioning.

 

Faculty

The faculty members of the Department of Military Science are hand-selected by the Department of the Army based on their proven leadership abilities and record of superb performance. Each instructor has years of experience in teaching and counseling. In addition to post graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines and extensive military professional education, all faculty members bring a unique perspective and a wide range of life experiences to the program. Many have been a part of the making of our nation's recent history. All of the faculty and the staff in the Military Science Department are extremely committed to the welfare, education, and success of the student while at Fresno State and beyond.

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