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Joint Military Science Leadership Minor

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College of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits in this minor: 17 to 20
This minor provides students with basic concepts and principles of military science and the art of leadership. Areas of study include citizenship, military history, values, ethics, integrity, honor, responsibility, management, and leadership skills. Students gain practical leadership experience, develop self-discipline, and gain confidence--all of which are valuable qualities when applied to service in a military or civilian career. In consultation with the ROTC programs, this minor is now distinct from participation in ROTC, is open to all qualified students, and does not require physical training.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Significant practical leadership experience.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
Students choose one of four program tracks: Aerospace Science, Military Science, Naval Science-Navy, or Naval Science-Marines.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Aerospace Science
Aerospace Science Option
The history requirement can be satisfied by the completion of AIR 1204 and AIR 1205 or by the completion of Air Force ROTC Field Training.
AIR 1204 - Team and Leadership Fundamentals I (1.0 cr)
AIR 1205 - Team and Leadership Fundamentals II (1.0 cr)
AIR 3301 - Leading People and Effective Communication I (3.0 cr)
AIR 3302 - Leading People and Effective Communication II (3.0 cr)
AIR 3401 - National Security Policy and Leadership Responsibilities I (3.0 cr)
AIR 3402 - National Security Policy and Leadership Responsibilities II (3.0 cr)
Complete a 3-credit philosophy, rhetoric, or leadership course approved by the Professor of Aerospace/Chair of the Department of Aerospace Science.
Military Science
Military Science Option
MIL 3301 - Training Management and Warfighting Functions (3.0 cr)
MIL 3302 - Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations (3.0 cr)
MIL 3401 - The Army Officer (3.0 cr)
MIL 3402 - Company Grade Leadership (3.0 cr)
MIL 3970 - Military History (3.0 cr)
Complete a 3-credit philosophy, rhetoric, or leadership course approved by the Professor of Military Science/Chair of the Department of Military Science.
Naval Science--Marines
Naval Science-Marines Option
NAV 1102 - Seapower and Maritime Affairs (3.0 cr)
NAV 3310 - Evolution of Warfare (3.0 cr)
NAV 4401W - Leadership and Management I [WI] (3.0 cr)
NAV 4402W - Leadership and Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
NAV 3309 - Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare (3.0 cr)
Complete a 3-credit philosophy, rhetoric, or leadership course approved by the Professor of Military/Chair of the Department of Naval Science.
Naval Science--Navy
Naval Science Option
NAV 1102 - Seapower and Maritime Affairs (3.0 cr)
NAV 2201 - Ship Systems I: Naval Engineering (3.0 cr)
NAV 3301 - Navigation I: Piloting and Celestial Navigation (3.0 cr)
NAV 4401W - Leadership and Management I [WI] (3.0 cr)
NAV 4402W - Leadership and Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
Complete a 3-credit philosophy, rhetoric, or leadership course approved by the Professor of Military Science/Chair of the Department of Naval Science.
 
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AIR 1204 - Team and Leadership Fundamentals I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed to provide the foundation for both leadership and team building. You will build on this course every year of your Air Force ROTC career, so it is crucial that you do the readings and homework. Likewise, all of these lessons will be directly applicable to your field training experience. We will learn about things that don?t pop into your mind when you think of leadership, but they are essential to understanding how good leaders operate. These topics include listening, followership, and problem solving efficiently. All of these concepts will be applied in team-building activities and when discussing topics like conflict management with the class. Though the theme of this course is ?Team and Leadership Fundamentals,? you are also expected to demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills at the end of this course--these are skills that can help you in every aspect of your academic, professional, and personal lives.
AIR 1205 - Team and Leadership Fundamentals II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course builds on Team and Leadership Fundamentals I and provides a fundamental understanding of both leadership and team building. It is imperative that cadets are taught from the beginning that there are many layers to leadership. In this class we will dive deeply into team building and ethical decision making, as these are critical skills to have in the Air Force and beyond. We will use a blend of instruction, class discussion, and activities to fully understand these topics. Cadets in this class this will attend field training in the summer following instruction. The students will apply these leadership perspectives when completing team building activities and discussing things like conflict management. Students should demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills. Cadets will apply these lessons at Field Training, in the summer after AS 200 school year.
AIR 3301 - Leading People and Effective Communication I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is designed to build on the leadership fundamentals taught in AS200. The theme of this year is ?Leading People and Effective Communication.? You will have the opportunity to utilize your skills as they begin more of a leadership role in the detachment. The goal is for each of you to have a more in-depth understanding of how to effectively lead people, and this semester will emphasize building core Air Force communication skills and how to navigate change and diversity as a leader.
AIR 3302 - Leading People and Effective Communication II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is designed to build on the leadership fundamentals taught in AS200. The theme of this year is ?Leading People and Effective Communication.? You will have the opportunity to utilize your skills as you transition to more of a leadership role in the detachment. The goal is for each of you to have a more in-depth understanding of how to effectively lead people, and this semester will emphasize leadership theories, personal leadership skills and ethics, and fostering innovation. prereq: 3301 recommended
AIR 3401 - National Security Policy and Leadership Responsibilities I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The AS400 cadet should comprehend the basic elements of national security policy and process. The student should know basic Department of the Air and Space Force operations as well as understand selected roles of the military in society and current domestic and international issues affecting the military profession. Cadets should understand the responsibility, authority, and functions of a Department of the Air and Space Force commanders and selected provisions of the military justice system.
AIR 3402 - National Security Policy and Leadership Responsibilities II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
The AS400 cadet should comprehend the variety of base agencies and programs that support Air and Space Force members. The student should know basic information on officer/enlisted evaluations, financial benefits, the military justice system, and leadership authorities. Cadets should understand what life as a second lieutenant entails and what their initial months in the Air and or Space Force will look like. prereq: 3401 recommended
MIL 3301 - Training Management and Warfighting Functions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
MIL 3301 includes introduction to squad/platoon tactical operations using troop leading procedures and battle drills to achieve the assigned mission within the commander's intent. Through the introduction of the leadership lab practicum the cadets learn to plan, resource, and execute training of subordinates within the leadership labs. This experience gives the cadet the opportunity to work on their teamwork and leadership skills in a hands-on performance-oriented environment. prereq: Two yrs of ROTC or equiv established by U.S. Army, must see Army ROTC dept officials, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in lab
MIL 3302 - Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
MIL 3302 balances adaptability and professional competence building on the tactical lessons introduced in MIL 3301. Adaptability concepts introduced include analysis of complex problems, creating solutions that exhibit agile and adaptive thinking, analysis of the environment and formulation of solutions to tactical and organizational problems. prereq: Two yrs of ROTC or equiv established by U.S. Army, must see Army ROTC dept officials, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in lab.
MIL 3401 - The Army Officer
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
MIL 3401 places primary emphasis on officership with the MS IV cadets, who are the educational main effort within the Battalion. MIL 3401 and 3402 together refine and ultimately complete the cadet-to-commissioned officer transition. Mission command and ethics are stressed to assist the cadet in further embracing their role as a future army officer. prereq: Completed all other military courses or Army equiv, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in lab
MIL 3402 - Company Grade Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
MIL 3402 is the culmination of a four-year sequential, progressive, challenging developmental leadership experience. It is during this final semester that the cadet is undergoing final preparation for the duties and responsibilities of a commissioned officer along with their integration into the army. Emphasis is placed on critical knowledge, skills, abilities and competency skills newly commissioned officers will need to succeed in their first unit of assignment, and the modern operating environment where they will be expected to plan, prepare, execute, and assess platoon-level training strategies and more to enable mission accomplishment. prereq: Completion of all other military courses or Army equiv, concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in lab
MIL 3970 - Military History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
General overview of all wars fought by United States from the 18th century Revolutionary War to today's War on Terror. Military tactics as well as war's impact on society. Two exams, two papers to write, readings.
NAV 1102 - Seapower and Maritime Affairs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical influences on development of U.S. Navy, from American Revolution to present. Critical, contemporary issues.
NAV 3310 - Evolution of Warfare
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Great military leaders of history. Development of warfare, from dawn of recorded history to present. Focuses on effect of major military theorists, strategists, tacticians, technological developments.
NAV 4401W - Leadership and Management I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced study of organizational behavior/management. Major behavioral theories examined in detail. Practical applications. Exercises, case studies, seminar discussions.
NAV 4402W - Leadership and Ethics (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Junior officer role. Responsibilities faced as leader, manager, professional officer of Naval Services. Develops specific competencies in areas of leadership, management, professional administration, development. Emphasizes Naval Service ethics, core values. prereq: NAV 4401W
NAV 3309 - Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Fundamentals of Maneuver Warfare (FMW) is a detailed look at broad aspects of warfare and their interactions with maneuver warfare doctrine, with a focus on the United States Marine Corps. Throughout the course there is a strong focus on Leadership, as the fundamental purpose of this course is to develop the skills, knowledge, leadership background and mentality necessary for a successful Marine Corps Officer.
NAV 1102 - Seapower and Maritime Affairs
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical influences on development of U.S. Navy, from American Revolution to present. Critical, contemporary issues.
NAV 2201 - Ship Systems I: Naval Engineering
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Detailed study of ship characteristics/types. Design, hydrodynamic forces, stability, compartmentation, propulsion, electrical/auxiliary systems, damage control, administration. Basic concepts of theory/design for steam, gas turbine, diesel, nuclear propulsion.
NAV 3301 - Navigation I: Piloting and Celestial Navigation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/practice piloting a ship near land. Coordinate systems, chart reading, dead reckoning, fixes, tides, currents, anchoring. Theory based on observance of celestial bodies.
NAV 4401W - Leadership and Management I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced study of organizational behavior/management. Major behavioral theories examined in detail. Practical applications. Exercises, case studies, seminar discussions.
NAV 4402W - Leadership and Ethics (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Junior officer role. Responsibilities faced as leader, manager, professional officer of Naval Services. Develops specific competencies in areas of leadership, management, professional administration, development. Emphasizes Naval Service ethics, core values. prereq: NAV 4401W