Military Science Minor and Courses Open to all Students

The Military Science Department is proud to offer all CMU students an obligation free academic minor in Military Science and Leadership. Our curriculum is fun, challenging, exciting and relevant. Classroom instruction moves quickly from lecture to group discussions, practical exercises, and hands-on experiences that support learning.

All classes include student-led Leadership Labs which are hands-on and include exciting training such as: rappelling, rock-climbing, High-Ropes Confidence Courses, marksmanship, water survival, orienteering, map reading, first aid, weapons, drill, squad tactics, patrolling, and team-building exercises.

Unlike other leadership development programs, our department’s upper level courses (300 and higher) include a Leadership Assessment and Development Practicum where students apply the leadership lessons they learned in the classroom to real life, by filling leadership positions within the Corps of Cadets, instructing classes, motivating their teams through dynamic problem solving adventures, and taking a vested ownership of the Chippewa Battalion. Inside our program’s framework that closely resembles that of the military and a majority of international business organizations we provide real life leadership experience that will bolster students’ confidence and build their résumé.

To provide the well rounded leader that today’s world is seeking, the Military Science Minor supplements its leader training with elective studies in cultures, politics, geography, constitutional history & law, public & international relations, foreign policy, and religion.

Required Courses I (16 hours)

MSL 301 Adaptive Team Leadership 4(Spec)
Planning, leading, assessing small unit actions. Studies in problem-solving, training management, Principles of War, tactics, warrior ethos, History and future of the Army.
Recommended: MSL 101, 102, 201, 201.

MSL 302 Leadership in Changing Environments 4(Spec)
Planning, leading, and assessing small unit actions. Studies in ethical decision-making, military briefings, writing, power, personality, followership, diversity, group cohesion and dysfunction. Prerequisite: MSL 301.

MSL 401 Mission Command and Army Profession 4(Spec)
Explore the dynamics of leading in complex situations of current Military operations. Examine: customs; courtesies; military law; principles of war.
Prerequisites: MSL 301, 302.

MSL 402 Mission Command II and the Company Grade Officer 4(Spec)
Students will learn the Army Profession and the ability to demonstrate the Seven Army Values, Soldier's Creed, and the Warrior Ethos.
Prerequisites: MSL 301, 302, 401.

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

HST 312 American Military Experience 3(3-0)
The role of American armed forces in peace and war. As social institutions the armed forces reflect political, social, and economic developments of the time.

HST 315 The Vietnam War 3(3-0)
Examines the modern conflicts in Vietnam, the American experience in Indochina from 1945 to 1975, and the war’s implications for the United States.

HST 515 Civil War and Reconstruction 3(3-0)
Causes and process of secession, the conduct of the war, and the reconstruction of the South to 1877.
Recommended: HST 111 or HST 320; or permission of instructor.

Electives (9 hours)

Select from the following courses in consultation with minor advisor.
Other electives may be substituted with advisor's approval.

GEO 121 Cultures of the World 3(3-0)
Population, political, economic, and other cultural phenomena and their world distribution patterns are presented upon a non-technical background of physical geography. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (Group III-B)

GEO 346 Geography of the Developing World 3(3-0)
A geographic analysis of the developing world focusing on processes of environmental, demographic, and socioeconomic change, particularly since World War II. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format.

JRN 350 Public Relations Principles and Practices 3(3-0)
Concepts and principles of public relations practiced by corporations, agencies, non-profits and other organizations. Role of the practitioner stressed. This course may be taken in an online or hybrid format.

PSC 105 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3(3-0)
Examines the formal institutions of government and how politics actually works in the United States: civil rights, civil liberties, elections, media, interest groups and more. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive.

PSC 421 Constitutional Law: Powers of Government 3(3-0)
Examines major U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, fiscal and commerce powers, and economic liberties.

PSC 453 American Foreign Policy 3(3-0)
Analyzes the external interests of the United States and how they are pursued.

REL 101 World Religions: An Introduction to the Study of Religion 3(3-0)
Basic forms of religious thought, practice, and expression studied as a component of human life; includes a survey of major religious traditions. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive.

REL 130 Religion in America 3(3-0)
An introduction to the varieties of religious thought, practice, and expression in America; emphasis on the interactions between religious traditions and American culture and politics. May be offered as Writing Intensive.