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MILITARY SCIENCE CURRICULUM

PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION (PME) - Cadets are required to take certain military science courses in order to successfully complete all requirements to commission as an Army Officer upon graduation from JMU with at least a bachelors degree in an undergraduate program of study.


The Military Science curriculum is divided into two phases:

BASIC COURSE (MS I and MS II) and ADVANCED COURSE (MS III and MS IV).  The Basic course is required prior to enrolling into the Advanced course.  Placement credit for the basic course may be awarded through multiple programs including: prior military service, basic training, or successful completion of Basic Camp at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. 

BASIC COURSE

The basic course is open to any freshman or sophomore (or select juniors/seniors/graduate students by exception only). There is no military obligation incurred for taking 100 and 200 level military science courses. This curriculum is designed to help students in the near-term as leaders on campus. The classes will also help students be more effective leaders and managers in the long-term, whether they serve in the military or as leaders in civilian life. Topics addressed include problem solving, critical thinking, problem solving methods, leadership theory, followership, group cohesion, goal setting and feedback mechanisms. The basic courses also cover basic military skills training such as map reading, land navigation, small unit tactics, and combat first aid care. Lessons are taught in a facilitated discussion format along with pratical hands training, emphasizing student discussions and practical exercises.

Basic Military Science Courses

 

MSCI 100. Leadership Laboratory (Fall/Spring MS I year) 2 Credits per semester

A laboratory in the development of leadership, stressing the practical application of leadership principles, techniques, styles and responsibilities. Participation as a member of a team or as a leader of the team given responsibility for accomplishment of given tasks. Corequisite: MSCI 101 or MSCI 102 . Prerequisites: To enroll in this lab section, students must obtain a sports physical or similar medical clearance. Contact the Military Science office for additional information

MSCI 101. Introduction to Leadership and the Army (Fall MS I year) 2 Credits

Introduction to various leadership styles and their effect on organizations; an introduction to the organization of the U.S. Army, its roles and missions, customs and traditions; effective writing and oral presentation techniques; orienteering and the use of lensatic compass; principles of physical conditioning. Corequisite: MSCI 100 

MSCI 102. Leadership Development Fundamentals (Spring MS I year) 2 Credits

Introduction to the basic principles of leadership; developing a personal leadership style; effective writing and speaking skills; introduction to leadership in small tactical units; fundamentals of first aid, land navigation and marksmanship; principles of personal conditioning. Corequisite: MSCI 100

MSCI 200. Intermediate Leadership Laboratory (Fall/Spring MS II year)  2 Credits per semester

An intermediate leadership laboratory in the sequential process of leadership development, this course stresses the practical application of leadership principles and responsibilities and the exploratory development of personal leadership techniques and styles. The intermediate leadership laboratory focuses on leadership planning and execution and performance and evaluation as both a team member and a leader of a 10 to 30 person team. Cadets are given responsibility for accomplishing collective tasks and for the evaluation, counseling, leading and mentoring of 10 to 12 subordinates and team members. Prerequisites: Contracting into the ROTC Basic Course (MSCI 101, MSCI 102 and MSCI 100). Department head approval required. To enroll in this lab section, students must obtain a sports physical or similar medical clearance. Contact the Military Science office for additional information.

MSCI 201. Leadership Styles—Theory and Application (Fall MS II year) 2 Credits

A study of individual leadership styles and techniques, using historical case studies, to introduce the branches and specialties of the Army. The focus of this course is communication and goal setting in small organizations, effective writing and public speaking, and performance and evaluation as the leader of a five-member team required to accomplish tasks in a practical setting. Students also serve a member of a 10-person team responsible for accomplishing practical military and team-building tasks in a field setting. Corequisite: MSCI 100, MSCI 200  for contracted Cadets in JMU ROTC.

MSCI 202. Developing Leader Skills (Spring MS II year) 2 Credits

This course focuses on analyzing missions to determine specified and implied tasks; organizing and conducting a briefing, preparing a concise written directive (operations order), and detailing how a team will accomplish its tasks. Performance and evaluation of Cadets as the leader of a five person team during a 44-hour, off-campus leadership practicum and evaluation of physical fitness preparedness for attendance at Cadet Profession Development Training are also components of this course. Corequisite: MSCI 100, MSCI 200  for contracted Cadets in JMU ROTC

ADVANCED COURSE

This curriculum is designed for advanced level Cadets (Juniors/Seniors).  Students must be contracted into the program in order to enroll in the Advance course curriculum.  The Advanced course focuses on instruction and case studies which build leadership competencies and military skills in preparation for future responsibilities as army officers. The Advanced course also prepares Cadets for assessment at Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky during the summer between the Junior and Senior year of college.  Advanced Camp is 31 day course designed to assess Cadets leadership abilities and skills they have learned through the Junior year, and prepare them for the accessions process during their Senior year.  The accessions process determines if a Cadet will go onto active duty or into the Army Reserves or National Guard upon commissioning.  It also determines which officer branch (or specialty/job) the Cadet will go into upon commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant.  Advanced Course Instruction includes the principles of war, the decision-making processes, planning models and risk assessment, as well as counseling and mentorship.  Advanced leadership instruction also focuses on motivational theory, the role and actions of leaders, and organizational communications. 

Advanced Military Science Courses

    

MSCI 300. Advanced Leadership Lab (Fall/Spring MS III year) 3 Credits per semester

An advanced laboratory in the development of leadership, stressing the practical application of leadership principles, techniques, styles and responsibilities. For juniors, the advanced leadership laboratory focuses on preparation, execution, recovery and reflection. For seniors, the advanced leadership laboratory focuses on planning, resourcing, supervision and evaluation. Performance and evaluation as a leader of a 10 to 30 person team given responsibility for accomplishment of given tasks. Responsible for the evaluation, counseling and mentoring of 10 to 30 subordinates and team members. Prerequisites: MSCI 100 , MSCI 101 , MSCI 102 , MSCI 201 , and MSCI 202 . Department head approval required.

MSCI 310. Leading Small Organizations (Fall MS III year) 3 Credits

Ethical dilemmas in leadership – when organizational goals conflict with member welfare; the role of policy and standard procedures in organizations; continued practice in effective writing and oral presentations; performance as a leader of a 10 person team in practical exercises; evaluation as an instructor of a period of instruction for 30 subordinates; evaluation as a leader of a 10 to 30 person team in a 44 hour, off-campus leadership practicum. Prerequisite: MSCI 101, 102, 201 and 202 or placement credit as determined by the professor of military science. Corequisite: MSCI 300 

MSCI 320. Developing Advanced Leader Skills (Spring MS III year) 3 Credits

Planning for the unexpected in organizations under stress; developing alternate courses of action which are viable with the given constraints; how to delegate tasks and supervise subordinate leaders; avoiding micro-management – the when and how of providing guidance and direction; time management – the “backward planning process”; evaluation of a 10 to 30 person team within tactical and nontactical settings; analysis of assigned tasks, preparation of a written directive to accomplish these tasks and oral presentation to others in a concise briefing. Corequisite: MSCI 300

MSCI 400. Advanced Leadership Lab II (Fall/Spring MS IV year) 3 Credits per semester

An advanced laboratory in the development of leadership, stressing the practical application of leadership principles, techniques, styles and responsibilities. For seniors, the advanced leadership laboratory focuses on planning, resourcing, supervision and evaluation. Performance and evaluation as a leader of a 10 to 30 person team given responsibility for accomplishment of given tasks. Responsible for the evaluation, counseling and mentoring of 10 to 30 subordinates and team members.

MSCI 410. Seminar Command Management (Fall MS IV year) 3 Credits

Studies in advanced leadership and management; how to assess organizational cohesion and develop strategies to improve it; examine and utilize components of the army’s training cycle; methods of instruction, planning and conducting of classes to be taught at leadership lab; conduct of oral After-Action Reviews and preparation of written After-Action Reports; the counseling process for improving individual and group performance of subordinates.  Corequisite: MSCI 400 

MSCI 420. Seminar on Officership Transition (Spring MS IV year) 3 Credits

Introduction to Army management systems – personnel and logistics; the military’s legal system and its application at the company level; the officerNCO relationship; The Officer Efficiency Report and its support form; establishment of project time lines with milestones, goals and In-Progress Reviews; book review on a required leadership book from chief of staff Army required reading list. Corequisite: MSCI 400

In addition to the above required courses, you will also be required to complete a military history course to complete your Professional Military Education.

MSCI 150. American Military History (taken during any semester) 3 credits

An extensive look into the major engagements of the United States military from the Colonial period through the present. Particular attention will be paid to developing an understanding of the factors that have helped shape the unique way America wages war. This course considers the role and use of armed forces in relation to the social, cultural, political, economic, and technological development of the United States. It will not only address such themes as wartime strategy, operational tactics, and combat technology, but also the impact of warfare on society and on the remembrances of ordinary men and women in uniform. Significant attention will be given to the evolution of civil-military relations, the advent of professionalism in the military, the non-military uses of the military, and the military’s role as a tool for global power.

Total Course Requirements

        Credit Hours

Basic Military Science Course

16

Advanced Military Science Course

24

Military History

Total Military Science Credits

3

43

Military Leadership Minor

Once you've completed all Miltary Science required courses, you can apply for a minor in Military Leadership.  This is coordinated through Mrs. Lisa Troxel, the University ROTC Liaison.

** Other Courses available through the Department of Military Science (not required for ROTC, and available to any JMU student).

MSCI 355. American Women At War (3 Credits)

This course invites students to engage a series of issues about the role of women in the US military. This course will examine the contributions & experiences of women who served during the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, WW I & II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War(s). Also included in this course is an examination of how women in military service both past and present are an instrument for societal change in America specifically in promoting the cause of women’s rights.

MSCI 360. Gender and Leadership (3 Credits)

Explore gender in leadership by focusing on social scientific research in sociology, psychology, political science, economics, management, organizational behavior, women’s studies and leadership that illuminates the difficulties women experience in attaining and being seen as effective in top leadership positions.

MSCI 390. The Combat Experience (3 Credits)

The course will explore direct participation in military combat. It relies primarily on oral history gained from filmed and in-person interviews conducted by the instructor with combat veterans. Participants range from WWII to the current Middle East conflict.

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