A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Course Description

Basic Course Military Science & Leadership I & II

Fall Semester

MSL 101. Leadership and Personal Development

This course introduces cadets to the challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. It focuses on developing basic knowledge of Army leadership while gaining a broad understanding of ROTC and the Army. Cadets are taught how to develop life skills, such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management, as well as how those skills relate to being an Army officer.

MSL 201. Innovative Team Leadership

Cadets will explore the dimensions of creative and innovative leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Cadets will practice team building by participating in Leadership Labs.  Knowledge of leadership values will be developed through the study of Army rank structure, land navigation, and squad tactics.

Spring Semester

MSL 102. Introduction to Tactical Leadership

This course overviews leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. It also allows cadets to explore dimensions of leadership values and skills through practical hands-on exercises. 

MSL 202. Foundations of Tactical Leadership

This course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Cadets will also further study the basis of the Army leadership framework by exploring adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Cadets will also develop a greater awareness of their own leadership styles and team-building skills in the Contemporary Operating Environment. 

Advanced Course Military Science & Leadership III & IV

MSL 301 Tactical Leadership

MSL 301 challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they prepare for the ROTC Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Cadets engage in challenging scenarios related to small unit tactical operations used to develop self awareness and critical thinking skills. Primary attention is given to preparation for LDAC and the development of leadership abilities.

MSL 302 Applied Leadership

MSL 302 exposes cadets to increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build awareness and skills in leading tactical operations. Cadets now learn how to lead platoon-level operations as well as review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations.  Cadets will also conduct military briefings and operation orders.  A focus is placed on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision making, persuading, and motivating team members. Primary attention is given to preparation for LDAC.

MSL 401. Developmental Leadership

This course develops proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a staff member, and providing leadership-performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets are given opportunities to assess risk, make ethical decisions, and provide coaching to fellow ROTC cadets. Cadets at the MSIV level analyze and evaluate the leadership skills and attributes of MSIII cadets specifically. Attention is given to preparation for BOLC II and the development of leadership abilities.

MSL 402 Adaptive Leadership

MSL 402 explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations. Cadets examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement. They also explore aspects of interacting with nongovernmental organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. This course places emphasis on preparing cadets for their first unit of assignment, as well as the complex ethical and practical demands of being an officer in the United States Army.