University of Southern Maine Army ROTC

Course List

Army ROTC Basic Course

"ROTC Basic Course" is a series of elective courses that teach you basic military skills and the fundamentals of Army leadership and the Army in general. You can take courses within the Army ROTC Basic Course without a military commitment. Basic Courses are normally taken during your first two years of college as elective courses. The Basic Course requirement consists of one elective classroom course and a lab each semester (see below).

MIS 213 Introduction to ROTC I
MIS 201 Leadership Laboratory

MIS 203 Introduction to ROTC II
MIS 202 Leadership Laboratory

MIS 301 Self and Team Development I
MIS 201 Leadership Laboratory

MIS 302 Self and Team Development II
MIS 202 Leadership Laboratory

Army ROTC Advanced Course

"ROTC Advanced Course" is a series of elective courses that help you become proficient at basic small-unit tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate (see below). 

MIS 401 Leading Small Organizations I
MIS 201 Leadership Laboratory

MIS 402 Leading Small Organizations II
MIS 202 Leadership Laboratory

MIS 411 Leadership and Management I
MIS 201 Leadership Laboratory

MIS 412 Leadership and Management II
MIS 202 Leadership Laboratory

Other ROTC Program Courses

MIS 225 History of the Army
MIS 495 Officer Internship

Army Cadet Command Camps

ROTC Basic Camp, Fort Knox, Kentucky
ROTC Advanced Camp, Fort Knox, Kentucky (required to commission)


MIS 213 Introduction to ROTC I

Make your first new peer group at college one committed to performing well and enjoying the experience. Increase self-confidence through team study and activities in physical fitness, rappelling, first aid, basic marksmanship, and basic drill. Learn fundamental concepts of leadership in both classroom and outdoor laboratory environments. One hour and a required leadership lab plus optional (mandatory for scholarship Cadets) participation in three one-hour sessions of physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is also required for all Cadets. Cr. 2. Open to all college students, no military commitment required.

MIS 201 Leadership Laboratory

This lab offers different roles for students at different levels of the program, to include leadership responsibilities for the planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of various training programs. Students develop, practice and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of supervisory positions. Specific events include a team-building leader reaction course, orientation to military weapons, basic tactical movement, and land navigation. Cr 1. Open only to students taking another Military Science class in the Fall semester.

MIS 203 Introduction to ROTC II

Learn and apply principles of effective leadership. Reinforce self-confidence through participation in physically and mentally challenging exercises with other ROTC Cadets. Continued activities in basic drill, physical fitness, rappelling, first aid, and basic marksmanship. Develop communication skills to improve individual performance and group interaction. One hour and a required leadership lab plus optional (mandatory for scholarship Cadets) participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is also required for all Cadets. Cr. 2. Open to all college students; no military commitment required.

MIS 202 Leadership Laboratory

This lab offers different roles for students at different levels of the program, to include leadership responsibilities for the planning, coordination, execution, and evaluation of various training programs. Students develop, practice and refine leadership skills by serving and being evaluated in a variety of supervisory positions. Specific events include a team-building leader reaction course, orientation to military weapons, basic tactical movement, and land navigation. Cr. 1. Open only to students taking another Military Science class in the Spring semester.

MIS 225 History of the Army

The History of the Army Course is a Professional Military Education (PME) course open to all college students. It also fulfills the military history commissioning requirement. It is not a date memorization class; a significant portion of the material covered will be Battle Analysis. This process will be studied and explained in an understandable and interesting manner. Topics will be taught not only by lecture, but also hands-on and outdoors. Cr. 3. Open to all college students, no pre-requisite or military commitment required.

MIS 301 Self and Team Development I

Learn and apply ethics-based leadership skills that develop individual abilities and contribute to the building of effective teams of people. Develop skills in oral presentations, planning of events, advanced first aid, physical fitness, and land navigation. Learn techniques for training others as an aspect of continued leadership development. Two hours and a required leadership lab, plus optional participation (mandatory for scholarship Cadets) in three one-hour sessions of physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is required. Additional weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Cr. 3. Open to all college students, no military commitment required.

MIS 302 Self and Team Development II

Introduces individual and team aspects of military tactics in small unit operations. Includes use of radio communications, making safety assessments, movement techniques, planning for team safety/security, and methods of pre-execution checks. Practical exercises with other ROTC students. Learn techniques for training others as an aspect of continued leadership development. Two hours and a required leadership lab, plus optional participation (mandatory for scholarship Cadets) in three one-hour sessions of physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is required. Additional weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Cr. 3. Open to all college students, no military commitment required.

ROTC Basic Camp- Not a USM Course

Cadet Summer Training "Basic Camp" is an intense four-week, non-contractual training program that is an introduction to Army life and leadership training for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. It takes place at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Basic Camp is designed for college students typically between their sophomore and junior years and required for those who have not taken any required ROTC Basic Courses or who have not previously attended military Basic Training. Basic Camp aims to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the advanced phase of the ROTC program. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in the ROTC program as a third-year student (MS III) in the four-year program. Cr. 0. Student incurs no military obligation; program offers opportunities to earn a two-year scholarship and qualifies students to take MIS 401.


ADVANCED COURSE

MIS 401 Leading Small Organizations I

Series of practical opportunities to lead small groups, receive personal assessments and encouragement, and lead again in situations of increasing complexity. Plan and conduct training for other ROTC students in small unit offensive and defensive operations. Three hours and required leadership lab (MIS 201) plus required participation in three one-hour sessions of physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is also required. Other weekend exercises are offered for optional participation. Cr. 3. Pre-requisite: Army ROTC Basic Course.

MIS 402 Leading Small Organizations II

Continues the methodology from MIS 401. Analyze tasks; prepare written and oral guidance for team members to accomplish tasks. Delegate tasks and supervise. Plan for and adapt to the unexpected in organizations under stress. Examine and apply lessons from leadership studies. Examine importance of ethical decision making in setting a positive climate that enhances team performance. Three hours and a required leadership lab (MIS 201) plus required participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is also required, and one or two more weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Cr. 3. Pre-requisite: MIS 401 and Army ROTC Basic Course.

ROTC Advanced Camp- Not a USM Course

The ROTC Cadet "Advanced Camp" is held at Fort Knox, Kentucky and is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet. This course is generally attended during the summer between junior and senior year. Every Army ROTC Cadet in the nation must attend this course to be commissioned as an Army officer. The 30-day course incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. Advanced Camp tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations. Cr. 0. Pre-requisite: MIS 401, MIS 402 and Army ROTC Basic Course.

MIS 411 Leadership and Management I

Plan, conduct and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization. Articulate goals and put plans into action to attain them. Assess organizational cohesion and develop strategies to improve it. Develop confidence in skills to lead people and manage resources. Learn/apply various Army policies and programs in this effort. Three hours and a required leadership lab (MIS 201) plus required participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is also required, and one or two more weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Cr. 3. Pre-requisite: Army ROTC Basic Course, MIS 401 and MIS 402.

MIS 412 Leadership and Management II

Continues the methodology from MIS 401. Analyze tasks; prepare written and oral guidance for team members to accomplish tasks. Delegate tasks and supervise. Plan for and adapt to the unexpected in organizations under stress. Examine and apply lessons from leadership studies. Examine importance of ethical decision making in setting a positive climate that enhances team performance. Three hours and a required leadership lab (MIS 202) plus required participation in three one-hour sessions for physical fitness per week. Participation in one weekend exercise is also required, and one or two more weekend exercises may be offered for optional participation. Cr. 3. Pre-requisite: Army ROTC Basic Course, MIS 401, MIS 402, and MIS 411.

MIS 495 Officer Internship

Experiential learning through fieldwork in a military-type unit. Written analysis required. Pre-requisite: MIS 411 (may be taken concurrently). By permission only. Cr 1-6. Co-requisite: MIS 201 or MIS 202. MIS 495 may be taken up to a total of six credits.