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    In cooperation with Capital University, Ohio Dominican University is able to offer ROTC to students. Students attend the Military Science courses at Capital and have the option to have a limited number of these courses apply to the students’ ODU degree. Please see Cross-Registration (HECC) and/or Transient Credit – Undergrad Students for more information regarding the process to request approval for these courses to apply toward the ODU degree and the credit limitations. Regardless of the credit limitations for the ODU degree, students may take as many Military Science courses as desired.


    MS 111 Leadership and Personal Development 2 credits
    Introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Cadets learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, goal setting, time management, physical fitness, and stress management relate to leadership, officership, and the Army profession. The focus is on developing basic knowledge and comprehension of Army leadership dimensions while gaining a big picture understanding of the ROTC program, its purpose in the Army, and its advantages for the student.


    MS 112 Introduction to Tactical Leadership
    2 credits
    Overviews leadership fundamental such as setting direction, problem solving, listening, presenting briefs, providing feedback, and using effective writing skills. Students explore dimensions of leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions in the context of practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises. Continued emphasis is placed on recruitment and retention of students. Cadre role models and the building of stronger relationships among the students through common experience and practical interaction are critical aspects of the MS 112 experience.


    MS 211 Innovative Team Leadership
    3 credits
    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). Students 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). 


    MS 212 Foundations of Tactical Leadership
    3 credits
    Examines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment (COE). The course highlights dimension of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. This course provides a smooth transition into MS 311 . Students develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. COE case studies give insight into the importance and practice of teamwork and tactics in real-world scenarios. 


    MS 311 Adaptive Tactical Leadership
    3 credits
    Challenges students to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Students receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, students continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. The focus is developing students’ tactical leadership abilities to enable them to succeed at ROTC’s summer Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Prerequisite(s): MS 111, MS 112, MS 211, MS 212.

    MS 312 Leadership in Changing Environments
    3 credits
    Uses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build student awareness and skills in leading tactical operations up to platoon level. Students review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. They also conduct military briefings and develop proficiency in garrison operation orders. The focus is on exploring, evaluating, and developing skills in decision-making, persuading, and motivating team members in the contemporary operating environment (COE). MS 312 students are evaluated on what they know and do as leaders as they prepare to attend the ROTC summer Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC). Prerequisite(s): MS 311. 


    MS 313 Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
    3 credits
    Warrior Forge: A five-week summer training course held at Fort Lewis, Washington. The course is designed to develop leadership in a demanding environment and to evaluate the student146s officer potential. Cadets are ranked upon the completion of this training. Topics include confidence training, weapons familiarization, land navigation, and small unit tactics. 


    MS 411 Developing Adaptive Leaders
    3 credits
    Develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Students assess risk, make ethical decisions, and lead fellow ROTC students. Lessons on military justice and personnel processes prepare students to make the transition to Army officers. MSL IV students analyze, evaluate, and instruct students at lower levels. Both their classroom and battalion leadership experiences are designed to prepare MS 411 students for their first unit of assignment. They identify responsibilities of key staff roles, and use situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates. Prerequisite(s): MS 311, MS 312, MS 313.

    MS 412 Leadership in Complex World
    3 credits
    Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE). Students examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. They also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The course places significant emphasis on preparing students for their first unit of assignment. It uses case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises to prepare students to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as commissioned officers in the United States Army. Prerequisite(s): MS 411. 


    MS 491 Individual Study
    1-4 credits


    MS 493 Selected Topics
    3 credits