Military Science Program

The University of Mary Washington is an affiliate of the George Mason University Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Patriot Battalion. This is an elective program that emphasizes leadership and management skills, and provides the opportunity for qualified students to earn a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army while pursuing a baccalaureate degree. Enrollment in military science (MSCI) courses is open to all students, and no military service commitment is incurred by enrolling in lower level, 100 and 200 level, courses. Credit earned in military science courses count towards the degree as elective credits.

The ROTC curriculum is organized into two successive course sequences. The basic course curriculum consists of the four-course sequence, MSCI 101, 102, 201 and 202 and is usually taken during a student’s first and second year at the University. This series of courses introduce students to the fundamentals of leadership and prepares them for success in the ROTC advanced course. The advanced course curriculum consists of the four-course sequence MSCI 301, 302, 401, and 402. Enrollment in the ROTC advanced course requires students to enter into a contract to serve as a commissioned officer in the active or reserve component of the U.S. Army upon graduation.

Because the ROTC program at the University of Mary Washington is affiliated with the program housed at George Mason University, some training will take place at the George Mason facilities. For more information about the ROTC program and scholarship opportunities, contact the George Mason University ARMY ROTC, South PE Module MS2F9, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. Phone 703/ 993-2707 or email goldbar@gmu.edu. Additional information can also be found online at http://arotc.gmu.edu.

Military Science Course Offerings

Military Science course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of MSCI in the course listings.

101 – Leadership Skills I : Leadership and Personal Development (1)

Introduces leadership values and ethics; responsibilities of officership; the organization, customs, and traditions of the U.S. Army; time management; and physical well-being. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

102 –Leadership Skills II: Introduction to Tactical Leadership (1)

Introduces leadership principles, dimensions, styles, and assessment, among other varied topics. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

201 –Leadership Skills III: Foundations of Leadership (1)

Prerequisite: MSCI 102 or approval of professor of military science. Covers leadership skills, such as values and ethics, how to communicate, how and when to make decisions, how to engage in creative problem solving, and how to plan and organize. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

202 – Leadership Skills IV: Foundations of Tactical Leadership (1)

Prerequisite: MSCI 201. Builds on the leadership skills developed in Leadership Skills III with additional emphasis on communication, team building, and team leadership. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

301 – Applied Leadership I: Adaptive Team Leadership (1)

Prerequisite: MSCI 202. Applied leadership with an introduction to the principles of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle; counseling as means of subordinate development; problem solving; operational analysis, development, and execution; and methods for preparing and presenting instruction. Students are given an introduction to the Leader Development Program that is used to evaluate their leadership performance and provide students with developmental feedback. Some weekend training required. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

302 – Applied Leadership II: Leadership in Changing Environments (1)

Prerequisite: MSCI 301. Applied leadership covering the models of communications (verbal and non-verbal), technology to communicate, how to prepare and conduct formal briefings, an introduction to the Army branches, diversity and equal opportunity training, ethical decision making, and group cohesion and dysfunction. Some weekend training required. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

401 – Leadership and Management: Developing Adaptive Leaders (1)

Prerequisite: MSCI 302. Considered the “transition to lieutenant” phase in which managerial theories are applied to personnel, training, and logistics management situations. Students have command and staff responsibilities and receive hands-on experience operating as a management team. Includes a laboratory in applied science, common military tasks, and physical fitness.

402 – Leadership and Ethics: Leadership in a Complex World (1)

Continuing the “transition to lieutenant” phase of ROTC, examines ethics of military environment to include customs, ethical codes and decision making, constraints, and appeals to moral principles. American judicial system is also examined, with emphasis on the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Command and staff responsibilities are assigned to students for hands-on experience operating as a management team for the cadet corps. Includes a laboratory in applied leadership, common military tasks, and physical fitness.