Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Military Science (Army ROTC) (MS)

MS 100 -  The American Military Experience  

Establishes a framework of reference regarding military service, an understanding of the profession of arms and its impact on and place in American society. The course begins the Army's leadership development process. Includes a lab. ++

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Thematic Thread(s): Leadership Development, Transfer Thread Completion Course

MS 102 -  Principles of Leadership  

This course continues the student's introduction to the military organization and begins to teach leadership techniques and principles using military situations as a point of reference. Various academic studies of civilian-based leadership theories and styles are examined and compared to military theories and styles. Includes a lab. ++

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

MS 139 -  University Seminar  

University Seminar serves as the entry point to the Slippery Rock University general education program. With its strong faculty-student interaction, the course promotes intellectual inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and academic excellence. Through varied content, the course introduces students to academic discourse and information literacy while exploring topics such as diversity and inclusion and global awareness. This course will set students along the path to becoming engaged with issues and scholarship important to a 21st century education while they learn about themselves and their place in the world.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Freshman 1 or Freshman 2.
Enrollment limited to students with the ROCK STUDIES STUDENT attribute.

MS 190 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 195 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 198 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 201 -  Basic Military Skills  

Begins to teach basic military skills such as map reading, land navigation using a map and compass, first aid, weapons marksmanship, drill and small unit tactics. Includes a lab. ++

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

MS 202 -  Intermediate Military Skills  

Continues instruction in map reading, land navigation using a map and compass, first aid, weapons marksmanship, drill and small unit tactics. Begins to integrate all skills into leading small units in tactical situations. Includes a lab. ++

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

MS 209 -  Evolution of Modern Military Art  

A survey of the development of all branches of the American military spanning the colonial period to present day, this course includes a brief introduction to the development of the western way of war from pre-Hellenistic conflict through the Middle Ages in Europe. Technological innovation, evolution of tactical through strategic levels of warfare, and the symbiotic relationship between military development, national policy, and societal expectations will be examined.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 250 -  ROTC Basic Leadership Practicum  

A five week experience of training and evaluation conducted in a tactical framework at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Students learn basic military skills which enable them to take advanced military science courses on campus.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 280 -  Leadership Seminar  

This course involves individualized instruction, research and presentation on research in areas required to fill in a students knowledge base to be able to move into the ROTC advanced course. This course may be taken only once.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 290 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 295 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 298 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

MS 301 -  Fundamentals of Tactical Operations  

Focuses on tactics at the squad level. Students learn the troop leading procedures and how to give both oral and written operations orders. Students continue to enhance their skills at land navigation and rifle marksmanship. Physical fitness conditioning is a mandatory part of the laboratory. Includes a lab. ++

Credits: 4

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 302 -  Advanced Military Skills  

Continues development of intermediate level cadet leader skills in preparation for attendance at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Ft. Lewis, Washington.  The course is supplementary in scope and includes leadership, written and oral communications, operations and tactics, land navigation, weapons, and radio and wire communications subjects. A laboratory experience is required.++

Credits: 4

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 350 -  ROTC Advanced Leadership Practicum  

A five week experience of training and evaluation conducted in a tactical framework at Fort Lewis, Washington. Cadets demonstrate and learn advanced military skills. Cadets also demonstrate their leadership skills in a variety of leadership positions in tactical and non-tactical environments.

Prerequisites: MS 301D and MS 302D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall & Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 390 -  Experimental  

A unique and specifically focused course within the general purview of a department which intends to offer it on a "one time only" basis and not as a permanent part of the department's curriculum.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 395 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 398 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 401 -  Leadership Dimensions and Concepts  

This course begins the transition from cadet to officer. Focus is on organization of the Army, command and staff functions, officer and noncommissioned officer evaluation system, military law and development of training. Students participate in a staff ride to a significant military battlefield. Includes a lab. ++

Credits: 4

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Fall Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 402 -  Officership and the Profession of Arms  

This course continues the transition from cadet to officer. Students begin a critical analysis of the role of the officer and the noncommissioned officer, and their interaction, at the platoon, company and battalion level. Students are introduced to joint operations and conduct some critical analysis of national military policy. Includes a lab. ++

Credits: 4

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered Spring Terms

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 450 -  The Cadet Troop Leadership Internship  

A three-week experience as a leader in a U.S. Army unit, under the close supervision of a U.S. Army lieutenant or captain. It gives the student the opportunity to lead real soldiers in a real U.S. Army unit. The intern will actually supervise the planning and execution of the unit's scheduled training.

Prerequisites: MS 301D and MS 302D and MS 350D
D Requires minimum grade of D.

Credits: 3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 490 -  Independent Study  

In-depth reading and research in an area of particular interest to the student with the guidance of an individual faculty member. This course may be taken only once. Independent Study courses give students the opportunity to pursue research and/or studies that are not part of the university's traditional course offerings. Students work one on one or in small groups with faculty guidance and are typically required to submit a final paper or project as determined by the supervising professor.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 495 -  Workshop  

A workshop is a program which is usually of short duration, narrow in scope, often non-traditional in content and format, and on a timely topic.

Credits: 1-6

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.

MS 498 -  Selected Topics  

A Selected Topics course is a normal, departmental offering which is directly related to the discipline, but because of its specialized nature, may not be able to be offered on a yearly basis by the department.

Credits: 1-3

Term(s) Typically Offered: Offered as Needed

Students with a semester level of Freshman 1, Freshman 2 or Sophomore 1 may not enroll.