Military Science and Leadership Courses
MSL 101. Introduction to Military Leadership I. 1 cr.
Introduction to Army profession and military leadership. Explore
the seven Army values and 16 Army leadership dimensions, plus the core
competencies critical to effective leadership such as time management,
problem solving, decision making. Develop useful manager and leader
skills whether military or civilian. This course is taught in a seminar
format with practical exercises.
Open to all students. 1 hr lec per wk. Prereq: Con reg in 111
MSL 102. Introduction to Military Leadership II. 1 cr.
Continuation of 101, expanding ability to apply problem-solving and
decision-making processes and further develop military leadership and
competency. Open to all students. 1 hr lec per wk.
MSL 111. Fall Leadership Lab. 1 cr.
Off-campus weekend leadership orientation in a military environment
with outdoor physical activities to support 101 curriculum. Includes
pugil stick, obstacle course, rappelling and airborne tower training.
Prereq: Con reg in 101. GDR:WL/AA
MSL 121. Fall Leadership Lab. 1 cr
Continuation of 111.Prereq: Con reg in 201. GDR:WL/AA
MSL 153. Advanced Physical Training. 1 cr.
Techniques to improve muscular strength and endurance and
cardio-respiratory capacity. Includes strength and aerobic exercises,
water confidence training, distance running, military drills and team
sports. Open to all students. GDR:WL/AA
MSL 154. Advanced Physical Training. 1 cr.
Continuation of 153. Open to all students. GDR:WL/AA
MSL 201. Innovative Tactical Leadership. 3 cr.
Identify successful leadership characteristics through
practical exercises. Record observed traits/situations to illustrate
concepts and apply situational leadership analysis. Develop personal
leadership style. Includes physical training and leadership lab. 2 hrs
lec, 2 hrs lab per wk. Optional con reg in 121. Prereq: 101, 102, or
MSL 202. Leadership in Contemporary Military Environments. 3 cr.
Includes team building, influencing action, effective communication
for setting/achieving goals, importance of timing a decision,
creativity in problem-solving process, obtaining team buy-in through
immediate feedback. Transition for MSL Advanced Course. Physical
training and leadership lab. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab per wk. Prereq: 101,
102, 201, or cons instr.
MSL 301. Adaptive Team Leadership. 4 cr.
Study, practice and evaluate adaptive leadership
attributes, skills and actions through individual leader and small unit
tactical scenarios. Receive systematic and specific feedback on
leadership abilities. Prepare for Leader Development and Assessment
Course (LDAC). Physical training and leadership lab. 2 hrs lec, 5 hrs
lab per wk. Prereq: 101, 102, 201, 202, advanced placement, or cons
MSL 302. Leadership and Ethical Decision Making. 4 cr.
Increasingly intense situational challenges for leading small units.
Explore, evaluate, develop skills in ethical decision-making and
persuading/motivating team members when under pressure. Aspects of
contemporary military operations to foster proficiency in leadership
ability and to prepare for LDAC. How to think as a leader in today's
military. Physical training and leadership lab. 2 hrs lec, 5 hrs lab per
wk. Prereq: 301 or cons chair.
MSL 399 (Sec 1). Special Work in Contemporary Military Leadership. 1-3 cr.
Design individual study plan in consultation with MSL faculty. May repeat for 7 cr max. Prereq: Cons chair.
MSL 399 (Sec 2). American Military History. 3 cr.
Employ the critical thinking and problem solving methodologies of
military history to enhance understanding of bias, perception, cause and
effect. Instill an appreciation for the study of military history,
develop an understanding of how the U.S. Armed Forces have evolved, and
convey a broader understanding of U.S. history. 3 hrs lec per week.
Prereq: cons chair.
MSL 401. Building Adaptive Leaders. 4 cr
Develop proficiency to plan, conduct and assess complex operations;
function as member of Army command and staff team. Teach, coach, mentor
fellow cadets. Explore Army training management, methods of effective
staff collaboration, and developmental counseling techniques. Physical
training and leadership lab. 2 hrs lec, 5 hrs lab per wk. Prereq: 302 or
MSL 402. Leadership in a Complex Security Environment. 4 cr.
Dynamics of leading in complex situations of current military
operations. Examine cultural influences in military operations, military
law, laws for land warfare and rules for use of military force in
asymmetric warfare. Aspects of interacting with nongovernmental
organizations, civilians on the battlefield and host nation support.
Completes transition from student/cadet to Army lieutenant. Physical
training and leadership lab. 2 hrs lec, 5 hrs lab per wk. Prereq: 401 or