Florida State University General Bulletin 1998-1999

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Academic Departments and Programs (course descriptions)



Professor: Lieutenant Colonel Steven G. Brooks;
Assistant Professor: Clegg;
Instructors: Bartlett, Beck, Lovins

The military science department's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program of instruction qualifies the student for a commission in the United States Army, Army National Guard, or United States Army Reserve. The curriculum does not provide technical training in a job specialty nor does it emphasize vocational training; rather, it complements and provides a base for normal progression in the commissioned officer's educational program.

Leadership and management objectives are included in academic periods of instruction. Practical leadership experience is gained in a field training environment by attendance at a five-week summer camp, normally between the junior and senior years. Nursing students attend a five-week nursing internship at Army hospitals throughout the country. A leadership laboratory also provides experience in a range of leadership positions during the school year. The department offers both a four-year and a two-year program, each with its own special advantages. Students are invited to visit or write the Department of Military Science to obtain additional information.


Please review all college-wide degree requirements summarized in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this General Bulletin.

Core Program

The program requires four years of military science courses which consist of a two-year basic course and a two-year advanced course. Students can begin the four-year program as a freshman or as a sophomore.

There is also a two-year ROTC program for those students with only two years of college remaining. The two-year course is designed for junior college and other non-ROTC college transfer students, but may be utilized by students who did not enroll in the basic course outlined below.

Graduate students may also qualify for enrollment in the two-year course. Additional information regarding eligibility requirements for the two-year program may be obtained by contacting the Department of Military Science.

Women are encouraged to enroll and will be commissioned as officers in the United States Army upon completion of the ROTC curriculum. Job opportunities for women officers in the Army are the same as those for men, excluding some combat arms fields.

Basic Course

The basic course is normally taken as an elective subject by students in their freshman and sophomore years. The purpose of this instruction is to qualify students for entry into the advanced course by familiarizing them with the organization of the Army, military skills, and military tradition. Students do not incur any military obligation as a result of enrolling in the basic course. Enrollment in ROTC requires proof of a doctor's physical screening.

Advanced Course

Instruction in the advanced course includes leadership and management, the exercise of command, military teaching methods, tactics, logistics, administration, history, and military justice. Leadership experience and command experience are provided by assigning advanced course students as cadet officers and noncommissioned officers. Participation in regularly scheduled physical training is a required part of the leadership training. Classroom instruction consists of two one and a quarter hour (75 minutes) periods and one two (2) hour leadership laboratory period each week. Only students who have demonstrated a definite potential for becoming competent officers will be selected for the advanced course.

Professional Military Education

In addition to basic and advanced ROTC courses, cadets must complete professional military education requirements consisting of one course in each of the following areas: written and oral communication skills, American military history, and computer literacy. Students should consult with the professor of military science to determine those University courses suitable for fulfilling these requirements.

Monetary Allowances

Cadets selected for admission into the advanced course qualify for a nontaxable monetary allowance of $150 per month for up to 20 months. Cadets may also qualify for the simultaneous membership program with the United States Army Reserve or National Guard, which can provide over $6,000 during the last two years of school.

Army ROTC College Scholarship Program

Financial assistance is available in the form of two- or three-year ROTC academic scholarships for selected students. Under the Army ROTC Scholarship Program, the students/cadets receive from $1000 per semester up to full tuition. Additionally, Army scholarship recipients receive a flat-rate allowance $225 for textbooks and other expenses and $150 per month stipend for up to 10 months per year. During the five-week advanced course summer training between the junior and senior years, Army ROTC also pays attending cadets $16 per day plus room and board. There are also numerous national and organizational scholarships that students may compete for as a member of Army ROTC.

Textbooks and Uniforms

All textbooks, uniforms, and items of insignia incident to membership in the Army ROTC Program are furnished by the Department of Military Science.

Minor in Military Science

A minor in military science is offered and may be selected by students with the approval of their major department and the Department of Military Science. Requirement for a minor is twelve (12) semester hours.

Special Activities

Throughout cadets' courses in ROTC, they will have the opportunity to join and participate in a number of military affiliated organizations and activities, both on a voluntary and a selective basis. The Pershing Rifle Society is a voluntary organization that functions as a military unit participating in military ceremonies and presenting the national colors at civic events. Seminole Scouts is an organization for military science students who wish to participate in such activities as small unit operations, survival training, and other outdoor skills. Cadets have the opportunity to qualify for and compete with cadets from other universities and colleges in a series of military events termed Ranger Challenge. Cadets may also join Scabbard and Blade, a military honors society comprising those cadets with qualifying grades that denote scholarship.

Awards and Decorations

Awards and decorations made available by national organizations, The Florida State University, and local and national military organizations, are presented to both basic and advanced officer course cadets each year. These plaques, trophies, medals, and ribbons symbolize superior achievement in Army ROTC and other University academic courses, and in outstanding campus and cadet corps leadership.

Prerequisite for Admission to the Professional Officer Course

  1. Be at least 17 years of age at time of acceptance.
  2. Be able to complete the professional officer course and graduate from The Florida State University prior to reaching the age of thirty (30) at the time of commissioning.
  3. Selection by the professor of military science and acceptance by the University.
  4. Execute a written agreement with the government to complete the professional officer course and accept an Army ROTC commission.
  5. Enlist in the Army Reserve Component-ROTC (terminated upon receiving an Army officer commission).

Those students enrolled in the four-year Army ROTC program must complete the general military course or its equivalent, or have acceptable prior military service. Veterans and students with previous ROTC training are invited to write, visit, or call the Department of Military Science (850) 644-1016/8806 to discuss their eligibility status.

Students desiring entry into the two-year Army ROTC program should contact the Department of Military Science at the beginning of the Fall semester one academic year prior to the Fall semester in which they wish to enroll in the professional officer course. This lead time is required to complete the application and a physical examination prior to enrollment in the professional officer course.

Leadership Laboratory

Leadership laboratory is open to students who are members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps or who are eligible to pursue a commission as determined by the professor of military science. Leadership laboratory is the formalized phase of leadership training conducted by the cadets. It is scheduled for two (2) hours each week for both the basic and advanced officer courses (non-contracted and contracted). All uniforms and equipment required for cadet activities are furnished.

Definition of Prefix

MIS - Military Science

Undergraduate Courses

MIS 1031. Introduction to Military Science and Skills Development (1). An introductory course designed to provide an understanding of the Army and its role in American society. Army organization, customs, and chain of command are also emphasized.

MIS 1400. Fundamentals of Leadership Development (1). An introductory course focusing on military leadership principles. Additional emphasis on improvement in written communication, oral communication, and problem-solving techniques.

MIS 2631. Basic Military Science I (2). This course continues the development of critical military skills and leadership. Training is basic in scope and includes, but is not limited to, leadership, written and oral communications, land navigation skills, and tactics.

MIS 2632. Basic Military Science II (2). This course continues the development of critical military skills and cadet leadership. Training is basic in scope and includes, but is not limited to, basic first aid, role of the NCO, military tactics, and written and oral communication.

MIS 2940. Basic Field Internship (4). (S/U grade only.) An intense summer program conducted at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, for six weeks. Designed as an alternative method to meet the prerequisites of the advanced course for students who have had no basic course military science instruction. Students receive funded travel, $16.00 per day, and University credit for attendance.

MIS 3410. Advanced Military Science I (3). Prerequisites: MIS 1031, 1400, 2631, 2632, or 2940. Develops cadet competencies and confidence through advanced leadership and technical/tactical instruction. Training will include, but is not limited to, leadership, written and oral communication, operations and tactics, land navigation, physical fitness, weapons, NBC defense training, and general military subjects.

MIS 3610. Advanced Military Science II (3). Prerequisite: MIS 3410. The course will provide selected military skills to develop competency in developing military trainees, training managers, and future U.S. Army officers. Instruction will include, but is not limited to, leadership, training management, and oral communication techniques. Continues skills development for advanced camp.

MIS 4120. Development of the Military Art (3). Prerequisite: MIS 3610. A study of advanced principles and techniques of military leadership, ethics, history, management, training/operations, and organization.

MIS 4420. Contemporary Issues in Military Law and Management (3). Prerequisite: MIS 4120. A study of junior-level officer duties relating to staff functions, company-level duties, military law/justice, and the transition to the officer corps.

MIS 4900r.Directed Individual Study (3). Prerequisites: MIS 3410, 3610, 4120, 4420. Special supervised study/research with professor of military science dealing with emphasis on current issues relating to the profession of arms and national defense. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.