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Major in Military Leadership

Reference #733

The Military Leadership major requires 36-42 hours and leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. 120 hours are necessary for graduation. The remaining credit hours are approximately 44 hours of general education courses and 34-40 hours are courses from the student’s second major or minor. A second major or minor is required. Students are encouraged to choose a second major related to their intended career objectives.

Admission

Although the program prepares students to be eligible for a commission in the U.S. Army, program graduates are not required to seek commissions. In addition to prospective commissioned officers, non-commissioned officers, veterans, and non-military students seeking leadership knowledge may also be admitted to the major in Military Leadership. Priority for admission will be given to those students seeking a commission. Program admission is limited and based on student qualifications. There are no restrictions regarding age, sex, race or religious persuasions.

Requirements for Non-Commission Seeking:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or an alien in a category approved by the Department of the Army. Approval must be granted prior to enrollment.
  • Be medically qualified in accordance with standards prescribed by the Department of the Army.
  • Have a minimum overall academic grade point average of 2.0.
  • Be recommended by the Professor of Military Science (Department Head)

Requirements for Commission Seeking:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or an alien in a category approved by the Department of the Army. Approval must be granted prior to enrollment.
  • Be at least 17 years of age at the time of enrollment and not reach 30 years of age at the time of commissioning in the U.S. Army (this may be waived).
  • Be medically qualified in accordance with standards prescribed by the Department of the Army.
  • Have a minimum overall academic grade point average of 2.0.
  • Be recommended by the Professor of Military Science (Department Head).
  • Execute a written agreement with the government to complete the two-year advanced course of training; attend LDAC; agree in writing to accept an appointment as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve; and serve a prescribed tour of active or reserve component duty as a commissioned officer.

See: Suggested Sequence of Courses

Curriculum Requirements

1. General Education Requirements (44 Hours)

See WKU Undergraduate Course Catalog for specific requirements.

2. Basic Course (7-10 Hours)

There are three ways of completing the Basic Course Requirements.

MIL 101: Military Mountaineer/Leadership (2 hours)
MIL 102: Developmental Skills (2 hours)
MIL 201: Basic Leadership (3 hours), AND
MIL 202: Team Building/Military Doctrine (3 hours);

OR

MIL 209: Introduction to Military Life (1 hour) AND
MIL 210: Military Science Practicum LTC (6 hours);
OR
  Placement credit for the basic course through military service.

3. Advanced Course (17-20 Hours)

MIL 301: Military Leadership/Management (3 hours)
MIL 302: Military Leader/Tactical (4 hours)
MIL 401: Professional Leader Skills (3 hours)
MIL 402: Role/Army Officer (4 hours)
MIL 410: Military Science Practicum LDAC (6 hours)
or LEAD 400: Practicum in Leadership (3 hours)

4. Restricted Electives (3 Hours) Choose one course.

HIST 299: Introduction to Military History (3 hours)
HIST 494: U.S. Military History (3 hours)

5. Electives (9 hours) Two disciplines must be represented.

COMM 240 Critical Listening
COMM 461 Organizational Communication
COMM 463 Intercultural Communication
GEOG 462 Geography of South America
GEOG 464 Geography of Europe
GEOG 465 Geography of Asia
GEOG 466 Geography of Africa
GEOG 467 Geography of the Middle East
HIST 426 Hitler and Nazi Germany
HIST 439 Rise and Decline of Communism
LEAD 200 Introduction to Leadership Studies
LEAD 400 Practicum in Leadership
MGT 210 Organization and Management
MGT 419 Management of Organizational Conflict
PSY 355 Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY 412 Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
SOCL 260 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCL 362 Social Institutions
SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society
PS 250 International Politics
PS 260 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PS 350 Political Terrorism
PS 357 U.S. Foreign Policy
PS 363 Politics of Developing Nations
PS 365 Government and Politics of the Middle East
PS 366 Government and Politics of East Asia
PS 368 African Government and Politics
PS 367 Government and Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
PS 457 Theories of War and Peace in International Relations

*Each course listed in section 5 is a 3 hour course.

6. Second Major or Minor

Total 120 Hours

For more information contact the Department of Military Science & Leadership.

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