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Course Descriptions


The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), established on Grounds in 1948, offers a general military science curriculum that provides eligible students the opportunity to become commissioned officers in the United States Army while completing undergraduate or graduate studies.


Department of Military Science
B-030 New Cabell Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400782
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4782
(434) 924-7101

Enrollment Qualified cadets enroll in one military science class and leadership laboratory each semester. Cadets attend a five-week leadership training camp during the summer between their third and fourth years. With the instructor’s permission, students not enrolled in Army ROTC may take military science classes as electives. These students are not cadets and do not participate in MISC 001.

Internship Program Second-year, transfer, and graduate students who were unable to take ROTC during the first two years of college may be eligible for a compressed program. These students complete a five-week summer internship at Fort Knox, Kentucky. During attendance, they are provided transportation, food, lodging, and cadet pay. They may also compete for two-year scholarships.

Scholarship Programs Merit-based financial assistance is offered to qualified students through two-, three-, and four-year scholarships for tuition assistance (up to $16,000 per year), $600 annually for books and equipment, and a monthly stipend during the school year. Stipends vary by academic year and are awarded based on the following schedule: first year, $250; second year, $300; third year, $350; and fourth year, $400. Students may apply during their junior or senior years of high school and their first or second years of college. Scholarship recipients incur a military service obligation.

Non-scholarship Program Non-scholarship cadets enroll in the same courses as scholarship cadets. During their third and fourth years, they receive the same monthly stipend as third and fourth year scholarship students. Non-scholarship cadets incur no military obligation until the last two years of a four-year academic program at the University.

Professional Military Education In addition to the courses listed below, enrolled cadets must complete one course in military history. This requirement must be met prior to graduation.

Course Descriptions


MISC 001 - (1) (S)
Leadership Applications
Teaches basic leadership skills through practical and field exercises, as well as classroom instruction. Emphasizes small unit leadership techniques and hands-on, practical experiences. Cadets develop small unit leadership and precomissioning skills by planning, conducting, and evaluating training.

MISC 101 - (1) (S)
Fundamental Concepts
This course introduces cadets to fundamental components of service as an officer in the United States Army. These initial lessons form the building blocks of progressive lessons in values, fitness, leadership, and officership. Additionally, the semester addresses "life skills" including fitness, communications theory and practice (written and oral), and interpersonal relationships. Upon completion of this semester, the cadets should be prepared to receive more complex leadership instruction.

MISC 102 - (1) (S)
Basic Leadership
This course builds upon the fundamentals introduced in the previous semester by focusing on leadership theory and decision-making. Lessons in this semester include: problem solving, critical thinking, leadership theory, followership, group interaction, goal setting, and feedback mechanisms. Upon completion of this semester, cadets should be prepared to advance to more complex leadership instruction concerning the dynamics of organizations.

MISC 201 - (1) (S)
Advanced Leadership
This course is the first of two designed to teach the principles of leadership. Building upon the fundamentals introduced in the first year, this course explores communication and leadership theory. The course emphasizes practical exercises, as students are increasingly required to apply communication and leadership principles. The course is dedicated to developing leadership and communication skills in the student with an understanding of their value to the Army. Topics discussed include: Communication, Leadership, and Problem Solving.

MISC 202 - (1) (S)
Tactics and Officership
This course focuses on leadership by providing an extensive examination of the unique purpose, roles, and obligation of commissioned officers. It provides a look at our organizational values and their application to the decision-making process and leadership. The course contains a case study of Army leadership since the Vietnam War in the context of previous lessons of values, decision-making, and communication skills. The course also studies Principles of Tactics, Values and Ethics, and Officership.

MISC 301 - (2) (S)
Small Unit Leadership
This course is the first of two that focus on leadership principles, small unit tactics, and the military planning process. The Leadership Development Process (LDP) is a component of this course as well as MISC 302. Other topics include light infantry tactics, motivational theory and techniques, and the role and actions of leaders. Emphasis is placed on applying the Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs) as a guide for planning, executing, and making decisions for complex operations. Cadets will learn military order formats and advanced communication skills to effectively present their plans.

MISC 302 - (2) (S)
Small Unit Operations
This course continues to focus on doctrinal leadership and tactical operations at the small unit level started in MISC 301. It includes opportunities to plan and conduct individual and collective training to gain leadership and tactical experience. This course synthesizes the various components of training, leadership and team building. Upon completion, cadets will possess the fundamental confidence and competence of leadership in a small unit setting. Following MISC 302, cadets will attend a challenging summer leadership camp.

MISC 401 - (2) (S)
Leadership, Management, and Ethics
This course is the first of two designed to prepare cadets for the transition to lieutenant. The course emphasizes a continuation of leadership and management exercises intended to synthesize and integrate the principles of leadership learned in previous courses. Topics addressed include staff coordination, fundamental counseling methods, the Army Training Management System, ethical imperatives for the junior officer, and battlefield ethics.

MISC 402 - (2) (S)
Transition to Lieutenant
This course is the culmination of officership training. The course emphasizes the skills required of newly commissioned officers and concludes with a capstone practical exercise entitled "Platoon Leader." Topics include military justice and leadership, operational law, organizing for military operations, and administrative management and logistics. At the conclusion of this course, newly commissioned officers are prepared to meet the physical, moral, emotional, and intellectual leadership challenges facing the evolving Army in the 21st Century.


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