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2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Special Undergraduate Academic and Co-Curricular Programs

Major Kevin McCullagh, Chairperson, Department of Military Science   kmccullagh@missouriwestern.edu      271-4541/4542

Richard D. Graham, Rockhurst University Faculty Advisor
Richard.graham@rockhurst.edu       816-501-4623

College-graduate junior executive managers for the U.S. Army are provided by the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program administered by the Department of Military Science.  Traditional four-year baccalaureate-degree aspirants may qualify for a commission as an officer by completing military science courses.  At Rockhurst, these courses may count as elective courses.  With the exception of a four-week paid summer experience, all instruction is presented on UMKC’s Hospital Hill campus.  Various field trips are conducted to further enrich the student’s appreciation of national defense in its broadest sense and to develop leadership and managerial skills.

The United States Army commissions 2nd Lieutenant rank to the individual who completes either the two-year or four-year ROTC program and obtains a baccalaureate degree from Rockhurst University as a partnership university with MSWU’s Department of Military Science.  Currently, a college graduate who is commissioned through ROTC is placed on active or reserve duty, depending on his or her desires and on the needs of the service at the time of graduation.


Four-Year ROTC Program

This leadership program consists of 34 credit hours of military science offerings on campus: 14 credit hours from the basic ROTC program MIL 1000- and 2000-level courses, and 20 credit hours from the advanced ROTC program MIL 3000- and 4000-level courses.  First semester sophomores who did not take military science during the freshman year may compress the basic program during their sophomore year by taking a 1000-level and a 2000-level course (for 3-credit hours total) each semester.

Two-Year ROTC Program

This program option is designed for junior and senior level students who were unable to enroll in ROTC during their first two academic years.  The two-year program substitutes a five-week Army leadership intern program at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for the MIL 1000- and 2000-level courses.  This leadership orientation is designed for sophomores with no prior military training.  Students should attend the Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) between their sophomore and junior years.


In addition to military science courses, students desiring to obtain an Army commission must take at least one course in military history.  Additionally, students must demonstrate a basic swimming ability and complete the Cadet Command Enhanced Skills Training Program (ESTP).

All students seeking a commission must attend a five-week advanced training and assessment experience normally the summer between the junior and senior years.  Attendance may be deferred until after the senior year at the discretion of the Chairperson of Military Science.   The Cadet Leadership Camp (CLC) is at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Additionally, students may compete throughout their time as a contracted cadet for selection to attend additional training at the Army Airborne School, Air Assault School, Northern Warfare School, Mountain Warfare School, or Combat Diver Qualification course.  Cadets will have the opportunity to compete for internships with both army and foreign military units either in the continental United States or overseas.


Prior active duty service members, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen who have completed basic training and high school junior ROTC graduates are eligible for placement directly into the advanced ROTC program (last two years of military science) with the consent of the Chairperson of Military Science.  Eligible students request permission from the Chairperson of Military Science to enter the advanced course.


U.S. Army ROTC Scholarship 

Two-, three-, and four-year scholarships are available each year to selected students who are enrolled or will enroll in the Army ROTC program.  The scholarships provide payment of all tuition, fees, a monthly tax-free payment of $300-$500 for the duration of the scholarship, not to exceed ten months for each year of the scholarship, and a flat-rate book allowance of $450 each semester.

Monetary Allowances

Contracted students enrolled in the last two years of military science receive $300- $500 per month during the school year, not to exceed ten months per year.

Fee Waiver 

A limited number of tuition/fee waiver scholarships are awarded each semester to freshman and sophomore students who demonstrate the leadership ability to progress toward the advanced ROTC program.  Interested students should see the Department Enrollment Officer for information.

Semester Designation

            F –  the course is offered in the fall semester

            Sp – the course is offered in the spring semester

            Su – the course is offered in the summer semester

            DD – the course is offered at the discretion of the department


Waiving of any course prerequisites requires prior ROTC departmental authorization.




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