Lt. Col. Jay Hopkins, Chairperson
Department Offices: Kolf Sports Center 148
Department Telephone: (920) 424-3400
Code 70 or MIL SCI
Undergraduate: None. In combination with a major, the Military Science minor can lead to a baccalaureate degree. The professional course work of the four-year Military Science program (26 term units (crs.) may be applied toward the requirements of any baccalaureate degree as elective unit (cr.).
Summary of Fields of Study
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).
The Department does not offer a major.
The Department offers one minor: 1) Military Science.
Reserve Officer Training Corps instruction at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh follows a general Military Science Program, which combines theory and practical application of subject matter common to all branches of the Army. The Military Science Program is open to all students who meet the prerequisites, regardless of academic major.
Army ROTC Scholarship Financial Assistance
Army ROTC scholarships are offered for four, three and two years and are awarded on merit to the most outstanding students who apply.
Four-year scholarships are awarded to students who will be entering college as freshmen and also to Army enlisted personnel on active duty. Three-and two-year scholarships are awarded to students already enrolled in college and to Army enlisted personnel on active duty. Students who attend the Leadership Training Course (LTC) in lieu of the first two years of the Program may be awarded a two-year scholarship following completion of the course.
Each scholarship pays for college tuition and educational fees, which are required of all students, and provides a fixed amount for textbooks, supplies and equipment. Each scholarship also includes a monthly cash allowance for every year the scholarship is in effect.
Special consideration for an Army ROTC scholarship is given to students pursuing degrees in nursing, engineering, the physical sciences and other technical skills currently in demand by the Army. Students who receive a scholarship will be required to attain an undergraduate degree in the field in which the scholarship was awarded.
Non-scholarship cadets in the Advanced Course also receive a monthly cash allowance for each of the two years, as well as pay for attending the five-week Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) during the summer. Students attending the Leadership Training Course (LTC) for the Two-Year Program also receive pay for this course.
Professional Military Education (PME): The Department of the Army PME requirement must be fulfilled prior to a student receiving a commission. This requirement encompasses three parts: baccalaureate degree; completion of MS Advanced Courses (Military Science 301, 302, 401, 402 and corresponding Leadership Labs) and Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC); completion of an American Military History course. The Military History requirement requires students to take a pre-approved three-credit history class.
The student who successfully completes the Army PME requirements is eligible for commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army; either in an active or reserve capacity. Additionally, the Military Science Program offers a Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), which allows students who are members of the Army National Guard or Army Reserve to enroll in the MS Advanced Course and receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant upon completion of the program.
Required Core Courses
See sections following for courses required in specialized areas of study.
Basic Program courses (Military Science 101, 102, 201, 202) are offered during the Fall and Spring Semesters. Students may receive up to ten unit (cr.) hours. No military obligation is incurred for taking any of the Basic Program courses.
The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options
Military Science Minor
Required Units (crs.): 32 minimum
Military Science: Military Science 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402 and one of the following: Political Science 105 or 115.
Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these studies:
History: 367, 395, 398; Military Science 304, 305; Political Science 317.
Prior military service: Students who have at least 54 units (crs.), more than four months of active military duty, and have completed Basic Training in any of the armed services may be allowed to enroll in the Advanced Course ROTC without taking any of the Basic Program courses.
Military Science 101 2 (crs.)
Leadership and Military Science I
This is an introductory course designed to focus on the fundamental components of service as an officer in the United States Army. Students are familiarized with individual values, leadership traits and the fundamentals of officer ship. Students also learn "life skills" of physical fitness, communication applications, both oral and written, as well as interpersonal relationships. The lab provides basic instruction on squad movement techniques and the six-squad tactical missions of patrolling, attack, defense, ambush, reconnaissance and squad battle drills. Additionally, students learn basic map reading, first aid, physical fitness and military formations to include basic marching techniques.
Military Science 102 2 (crs.)
Leadership and Military Science II
This course is an orientation to leadership theory and the fundamentals of the decision-making process by learning how to solve problems and develop critical thinking skills. Students develop leadership skills and the ability to learn goal-setting techniques while working in a group interaction setting. The lab continues to provide basic instruction on squad movement techniques and the six-squad tactical missions of patrolling, attack, defense, ambush, reconnaissance and the squad battle drills. Students are introduced to the operations order format. Additionally, students learn basic map reading, physical fitness and basic marching techniques.
Military Science 201 3 (crs.)
Basic Leadership and Management I
Students learn how to resolve ethical problems by applying leadership theory and principles. Students learn self-development techniques such as the importance of stress management, time management and the ability to solve problems. Lastly, students apply communication theory and skills in a leadership study focusing on problem solving. The lab applies basic leadership theory and decision-making during practical exercises in a field environment. Students continue to develop basic map reading, physical fitness and basic marching techniques. Prerequisite: Military Science 101.
Military Science 202 3 (crs.)
Basic Leadership and Management II
Students focus primarily on leadership with an extensive examination of the unique purpose, roles and obligations of commissioned officers. Students also focus, in detail, on the origin of our institutional values and their practical application in the decision-making process and leadership theory. Students use case studies to learn the Army's ethical decision-making process. The lab continues to apply basic leadership theory and decision-making during practical exercises in a field environment. Students continue to develop basic map reading, physical fitness and basic marching techniques. Prerequisite: Military Science 102.
Military Science 301 4 (crs.)
Advanced Leadership and Management I
Students are introduced to the Leader Development Program that will be used to evaluate their leadership performance and provide developmental feedback for the remainder of their cadet years. Cadets are then taught how to plan and conduct individual and small unit training, as well as basic tactical principles. Cadets will also learn reasoning skills and the military-specific application of these skills in the form of the army's troop. The lab reinforces small-unit tactical training while employing the troop leading procedures to accomplish planning and decision-making. Students continue to learn basic map reading, physical fitness and marching techniques. Prerequisite: Consent of department.
Military Science 302 4 (crs.)
Advanced Leadership and Management II
The course focus is doctrinal leadership and tactical operations at the small-unit level. Students are provided opportunities to plan and conduct individual and collective training for Army operations. Synthesizing training, leadership and team building is the primary focus. Upon completion, students possess the fundamental confidence and competence of leadership in a small-unit setting. The lab continues reinforcing small-unit tactical training while employing the troop leading procedure to accomplish planning and decision-making. Students also continue basic map reading, physical fitness and basic marching techniques. Prerequisite: Consent of department.
Military Science 304 3 (crs.)
Military History of World War II
This course examines the Second World War from a global perspective, comparing the experiences of both the Axis and Allies. An in-depth examination of the social, economic, political and technological factors that contribute to the execution of the war.
Military Science 305 3 (crs.)
U.S. Army Campaign History 1775 to Present
This course provides instruction on US Army Campaign history of offensive and defensive operations beginning with the American Revolutionary War. Also includes battle analysis.
Military Science 401 4 (crs.)
Applied Leadership and Management I
This course concentrates on leadership, management, and ethics, and begins the final transition from cadet to lieutenant. Students focus on attaining the knowledge and proficiency in several critical areas they need to operate effectively as Army officers. These areas include coordinating activities with staff, counseling theory and practice within the "Army Context," training management and ethics. The lab sharpens the students' leadership skills as they perform as cadet officers. Students develop and possess the fundamental skills, attributes and abilities to operate as competent leaders in a cadet battalion. They must confidently communicate to subordinate cadets their preparedness to shoulder the responsibilities entrusted to them. Prerequisite: Consent of department.
Military Science 402 4 (crs.)
Applied Leadership and Management II
Students learn the legal aspects of decision-making and leadership. Instruction introduces the student to the organization of the Army from the tactical to the strategic level. Students learn administrative and logistical management focusing on the fundamentals of soldier and unit level support. Practical exercises require the student, both individually and collectively, to apply their knowledge to solve problems and confront situations commonly faced by junior officers. The lab continues to sharpen the students' leadership skills. Students normally change leadership positions to hone their skills, attributes and abilities as leaders. Again, they must confidently communicate to subordinate cadets their preparedness to shoulder the responsibilities entrusted to them. Prerequisite: Consent of department.