Military Science

(U.S. Army ROTC)

Mary Baldwin University offers the Military Science curriculum through the U.S. Army ROTC program conducted at Virginia Military Institute. The first two years of the program are open to eligible freshmen and sophomores. Participation at the junior and senior level is limited to VWIL cadets and other cadets with Army ROTC advanced level contracts.

109 Introduction to the Army & Critical Thinking

Credit Hours: 1

Orients cadets to information and competencies that are central to a commissioned officer’s responsibilities in today’s Army. Cadets will gain a basic understanding of the Army values and culture, officership and leadership skills. Cadets will also learn time management, health and physical fitness, critical thinking and basic military skills. Cadets will attend one field training exercise during the semester where they will focus on the practical application of the basic skills learned during the course.

110 Introduction to the Profession of Arms

Credit Hours: 1

Continues to build upon the skills learned in MS 109 with greater emphasis on the principles of ethical leadership. Cadets will continue to learning the basics of leadership in demanding tactical scenarios. They will practice and improve their basic military skills in marksmanship, map reading and land navigation and first aid. Cadets will attend one field training exercise during the semester where they will focus on the practical application of basic military skills, and the use of teamwork in conducting collective tasks.

209 Innovative Team Leadership

Credit Hours: 1

MS 209 explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework (trait and behavior theories). Cadets practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing and assessing team exercises and participating in Leadership Labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership values and attributes through an understanding of Army rank structure, and duties and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics. Case studies provide tangible context for learning the Soldier’s Creed and Warrior Ethos as they apply in the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE).

210 Army Doctrine and Team Development

Credit Hours: 1

MS 210 introduces Cadets to Modern Army doctrine as well as leadership ethics and decision-making. The course highlights dimensions of team building and development. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. Practical exercises give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios.

309 Adaptive Team Leadership

Credit Hours: 2

This is the first course in the advanced MSL program, specifically designed to prepare cadets for their responsibilities as Army officers. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of leadership and the mastery of effective planning, organizational and communication skills within the framework of Army doctrine. Cadets will examine Army leadership case studies and models in the search for their own effective leadership style.

Cadets are required to read selected works on military and organizational leadership throughout the semester and must write short analytical essays. *Corequisite: MS 319 for commissioning cadets, or LS 350 for non-commissioning cadets.

319 Lab for MS 309

Credit Hours: 0

The MS Lab focuses on the practical application of the subjects taught in the classroom during MS 309. Cadets will meet rigorous leadership challenges, reinforced by consistent instructor evaluation and mentorship. Leadership exercises will include tactical scenarios as well as the development and delivery of small group instruction for other cadets. This extensive training program also includes physical fitness, marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, mission planning and written and oral communication skills. Cadets are required to participate in one field training exercise each semester, in which they will practice both leadership and teamwork and demonstrate their tactical and technical proficiency. This laboratory course companions the MS 309 class, and all contracted cadets must take the appropriate lab section simultaneously with this class each semester (non-contracted cadets who do not seek a commission will enroll in LS 350).

350  Leadership and Career Development I

Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 1
Credit Hours: 0

Required for those cadets not being commissioned in the Armed Forces and who are enrolled in AS 303, MS 309, NS 308, or NS 303. The class focuses on knowing yourself, career discovery and planning, resume writing, and personal development.

310 Applied Team Leadership

Credit Hours: 2

Continues the lessons of MS 309, with greater emphasis on the principles of ethical leadership. Cadets will be exposed to more detailed information regarding the functions of Army commanders and staffs, and will learn about the duties and responsibilities of specific Army occupation branches. Through Army values and codified leadership dimensions, cadets will learn to practice ethical leadership in dealing with external challenges and with their own subordinates. Superior-subordinate relations and practical counseling techniques are integrated
into leadership exercises. Cadets are required to read selected works on military organizational leadership throughout the semester and must write short analytical essays. *Corequisite(s): MS 320 for commissioning cadets, or LS 351 for non-commissioning cadets.

320 Lab for MS 310

Credit Hours: 0

The MS Lab focuses on the practical application of the subjects taught in the classroom during MS 310. Cadets will meet rigorous leadership challenges, reinforced by consistent instructor evaluation and mentorship. Leadership exercises will include tactical scenarios as well as the development and delivery of small group instruction for other cadets. This extensive training program also includes physical-fitness, marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, mission planning and written and oral communication skills. Cadets are required to participate in one field training exercise each semester, in which they will practice both leadership and teamwork and demonstrate their tactical and technical proficiency. This laboratory course companions the MS 310 class, and all contracted cadets must take the appropriate lab section simultaneously with those classes each semester (non-contracted cadets who do not seek a commission will enroll in LS 351).

351 Leadership and Career Development II

Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 1
Credit Hours: 0

Required for those cadets not being commissioned in the Armed Forces, and who are enrolled in AS 304, MS 310, NS 205, or NS 304. The class focuses on career preparation and research, networking skills, critical thinking, time management, and values and ethics in the workplace.

409 Mission Command and the Army Profession

Credit Hours: 2

This course begins the cadet’s transition to commissioned officer. Cadets will receive information that enables them to make sound career decisions as they prepare for accession. The training emphasis moves from the individual and squad level to the platoon level. Cadets will gain specific knowledge and skills that they will need as professional officers, including training and maintenance management, subordinate counseling and development, Army staff operation and Military Justice. *Corequisite: MS 419  for commissioning cadets, or LS 450  for non-commissioning cadets.

419 Advanced MS Lab for MS 409

Credit Hours: 0

The Advanced MS Lab focuses on the practical application of the subjects taught in the classroom during MS 409. Emphasis is on the practical knowledge and skills that cadets will need as commissioned officers and Army platoon leaders. Cadets will practice training management and subordinate development through regular interaction with underclass MS cadets. They will have numerous opportunities to exercise collective leadership reinforced by consistent instructor mentorship. Through collective training, they will also maintain their basic military skills throughout the year. Cadets are required to participate in one field training exercise each semester, in which they will play an active role in planning and conducting training for all MS cadets. These laboratory courses are companions to the MS 409 classes, and all contracted cadets must take the appropriate lab section simultaneously with those classes each semester. *Prerequisite: Completion of Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) required for enrollment.

450 Leadership and Career Development III

Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 1
Credit Hours: 0

Required for those cadets not being commissioned in the Armed Forces, and who are enrolled in AS 403, MS 409, or NS 408. The class focuses on job search and graduate school admission activities, business correspondence, building a portfolio, recruitment, advanced interviewing skills, dressing for success, business etiquette, and using the internet in the job search.

410 Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer

Credit Hours: 2

This course continues the lessons of MS 409  and completes the transition from cadet to commissioned officer. Cadets will continue to learn the specific management skills they will need as professional officers. Special emphasis is give to “life skills” that cadets will need as young lieutenants, such as personal financial management, moving, housing and orientation to Army pay and benefits. Cadets will also become familiar with current Army operations worldwide. Prerequisite(s):  MS 409, or waiver from the Professor of Military Science. *Corequisite: MS 420 for commissioning cadets, or LS 451 for non-commissioning cadets.

420 Advanced MS Lab for MS 410

Credit Hours: 0

The Advanced MS Lab focuses on the practical application of the subjects taught in the classroom during MS 410. Emphasis is on the practical knowledge and skills that cadets will need as commissioned officers and Army platoon leaders. Cadets will practice training management and subordinate development through regular interaction with underclass MS cadets. They will have numerous opportunities to exercise collective leadership reinforced by consistent instructor mentorship. Through collective training, they will also maintain their basic military skills throughout the year. Cadets are required to participate in one field training exercise each semester, in which they will play an active role in planning and conducting training for all MS cadets. This laboratory course companions the 410 class, and all contracted cadets must take the appropriate lab section simultaneously with those classes each semester (non-commissioning cadets will enroll in LS 451). *Prerequisite: Completion of Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) required for enrollment.

451 Leadership and Career Development IV

Lecture Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 1
Credit Hours: 0

Required for those cadets not being commissioned in the Armed Forces, and who are enrolled in AS 404, MS 410, NS 402, or NS 404. The class focuses on post-VMI career transition, salary negotiation, business ethics, employment law, income tax preparation, basic money management and investing for the future, 401 (k) plans, starting your own business, and how much insurance is enough.

For Contracted or Seeking Cadets attending CLC after their senior year:

429 Adaptive Team Leadership

Credit Hours: 2

This is the first course in the advanced MSL program, specifically designed to prepare cadets for the responsibilities as Army officers. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of leadership and the mastery of effective planning, organizational and communication skills within the framework of Army doctrine. Cadets will examine Army leadership case studies and models in the search for their own effective leadership style.

Cadets are required to read selected works on military and organizational leadership throughout the semester and must write short analytical essays. Instructor approval required. *Corequisite(s): MS 439.

439 Lab for MS 429

Credit Hours: 0

The MS Lab focuses on the practical application of the subjects taught in the classroom during MS 429. Cadets will meet rigorous leadership challenges, reinforced by consistent instructor evaluation and mentorship. Leadership exercises will include tactical scenarios as well as the development and delivery of small group instruction for other cadets. This extensive training program also includes physical fitness, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, mission planning and written and oral communication skills. Cadets are required to participate in one field training exercise each semester, in which they will practice both leadership and teamwork and demonstrate their tactical and technical proficiency. This laboratory course companions the MS 429 class, and all contracted cadets must take the appropriate lab section simultaneously with those classes each semester. Instructor approval required. *Corequisite: MS 429.

430 Applied Team Leadership

Credit Hours: 2

Continues the lessons of MS 429, with greater emphasis on the principles of ethical leadership. Cadets will be exposed to more detailed information regarding the functions of Army commanders and staffs, and will learn about the duties and responsibilities of specific Army occupation branches. Through Army values and codified leadership dimensions, cadets will learn to practice ethical leadership in dealing with external challenges and with their own subordinates. Superior-subordinate relations and practical counseling techniques are integrated into leadership exercises. Cadets are required to read selected works on military organizational leadership throughout the semester and must write short analytical essays. Note: Instructor approval required. *Corequisite: MS 440.

440 Lab for MS 430

Credit Hours: 0

The MS Lab focuses on the practical application of the subjects taught in the classroom during MS 430. Cadets will meet rigorous leadership challenges, reinforced by consistent instructor evaluation and mentorship. Leadership exercises will include tactical scenarios as well as the development and delivery of small group instruction for other cadets. This extensive training program also includes physical fitness, land navigation, drill and ceremonies, mission planning and written and oral communication skills. Cadets are required to participate in one field training exercise each semester, in which they will practice both leadership and teamwork and demonstrate their tactical and technical proficiency. This laboratory course companions the MS 430  class, and all contracted cadets must take the appropriate lab section simultaneously with those classes each semester. Note: Instructor approval required. *Corequisite: MS 430.