Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program gives students the opportunity to obtain a commission as an officer in the United States Army. The program offers the option of completing either a four-year program or a two-year program in Military Science while pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines offered by UTSA. Students who may want to try military science without incurring a military commitment can register for the first- and second-year courses in Military Science.

The Army ROTC program offers competitive scholarships for up to four years to select students. These scholarships provide tuition, fees, book allowance and a monthly subsistence allowance. In addition, students enrolled in Army ROTC courses are furnished, free of charge, complete uniforms, texts, and necessary equipment. For more information, contact the Army ROTC office at 210-458-5628. Walk-ins are also welcome on the first floor of the Graduate School/Research Building (GSR), Room 1.220.

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program gives students the opportunity to obtain a commission as an officer in the United States Army. To obtain a commission as an officer in the United States Army, students must complete either the Four-Year Program or the Two-Year Program in Military Science and be a full-time student pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines offered by UTSA.

All ROTC classes require each enrolled student to participate in physical fitness training and to take the Army Physical Fitness Test each semester. Students enrolled in Army ROTC courses are furnished, free of charge, complete uniforms, texts, and necessary equipment.

Credit for military science courses may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree, but mainly as free electives.There is no maximum number of semester credit hours of military science that may be applied to the degree requirements for each major. Credit for military science courses awarded by another college or university is accepted by UTSA as credit, within the same limitations as military science credit earned at UTSA.

Four-Year Program

This program consists of 23 semester credit hours of military science courses and is offered in two parts: a Basic Course and an Advanced Training Course. Registration is accomplished at the same time and in the same manner as for other UTSA courses. The Basic Course consists of the first- and second-year courses: MSC 1012, MSC 1122, MSC 2012, and MSC 2022, which are designed for beginning students who want to qualify for entry into the Advanced Training Course and those who may want to try military science without incurring a military commitment. A number of popular and challenging extracurricular activities are associated with these courses. Students can qualify for entry into the Advanced Training Course by completing the Leader’s Training Course, a paid summer internship program.

Students may compress the Basic Course into one academic year with the approval of the professor of military science. The Basic Course may be waived without credit for students with prior military service and/or junior ROTC.

Two-Year Program

This program consists of the Advanced Training Course, which incorporates the last two years of the Four-Year Program. The Advanced Training Course consists of MSC 3013, MSC 3023MSC 3033, MSC 4013, and MSC 4023. It is open only to students who have completed the Basic Course or earned placement credit. The Advanced Training Course is designed to qualify a student for a commission as an officer in the United States Army. Students must complete the 6-week paid leadership training (Advanced Camp) in the summer, usually between the junior and senior years. Courses must be taken in sequence unless otherwise approved by the professor of military science. Students receive a stipend each month during the school year.

The Army ROTC program offers competitive scholarships for up to four years to select students. These scholarships provide tuition, fees, book allowance and a monthly subsistence allowance.

Participation in a leadership laboratory is required in conjunction with all courses. The laboratory provides the opportunity to acquire leadership skills and experiences that will enhance a student’s ability to perform as an Army officer.

The program requirements for the Basic and Advanced courses are as follows:

MSC 1012Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking2
MSC 1122Adaptive Leadership and Professional Competence2
MSC 2012Leadership and Decision Making2
MSC 2022Army Doctrine and Team Development2
MSC 3013Training Management and the Warfighting Functions3
MSC 3023Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations3
MSC 3033American Military History3
MSC 4013The Army Officer3
MSC 4023Company Grade Leadership3
Total Credit Hours23

Minor in Military Management and Leadership

This minor is designed to enhance the military science (Army Reserve Officer Training Corps) curriculum. A Minor in Military Management and Leadership (MSL) will develop a well-rounded perspective of a future Army officer’s role and decision-making ability in political, sociological, historical, and geographical arenas.

All students pursuing the minor must complete 21 semester credit hours.

A. Required Courses:
MSC 3013Training Management and the Warfighting Functions3
MSC 3023Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations3
MSC 4013The Army Officer3
MSC 4023Company Grade Leadership3
B. Select 3 of the following:9
Political Geography
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Introduction to East Asian Civilization
History of Modern Warfare
History of American Foreign Relations
Introduction to Organization Theory, Behavior, and Management
Governments and Politics of Southeast Asia
Politics of the Developing World
Politics of the Middle East
Force in International Politics
Current Issues in World Politics
Total Credit Hours21

To declare a Minor in Military Management and Leadership, obtain advice, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult the professor of military science in the Office of the Associate Provost for Veteran and Military Affairs in conjunction with an advisor in the office of Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services.

Military Science (MSC) Courses

MSC 1012. Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

Introduces personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time management, goal setting, stress management, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, and the Army profession. Students will participate in organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly MSC 1011. Credit cannot be earned for both MSC 1012 and MSC 1011.) (Formerly titled "Introduction to Army ROTC").

MSC 1122. Adaptive Leadership and Professional Competence. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the professional challenges and competencies that are needed for effective execution of the profession of arms and Army communication. Through this course, students will learn how Army ethics and values shape the army and the specific ways that these ethics are inculcated into Army culture. Students will participate in organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly MSC 1021. Credit cannot be earned for both MSC 1122 and MSC 1021.) (Formerly titled "Introduction to Tactical Leadership").

MSC 2012. Leadership and Decision Making. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

This is an academically challenging course where students will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the squad level. Students are required to demonstrate writing skills and present information briefings in preparation for becoming a successful future U.S. Army officer. Students will participate in physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly titled "Foundations of Leadership"). Generally offered: Fall.

MSC 2022. Army Doctrine and Team Development. (2-0) 2 Credit Hours.

This course examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Students develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. Students will participate in physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly titled "Foundations of Tactical Leadership"). Generally offered: Spring.

MSC 3013. Training Management and the Warfighting Functions. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to Military Mission Planning, the Army Operations Order Process, Military Land Navigation, the Tenants of Mission Command and the tactical skills and knowledge needed to lead at the squad and platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, students will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a squad and platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Leader Training Exercise (LTX). Students will receive feedback on their abilities as a leader and how to improve those leader skills that they can be further developed into a successful U.S. Army officer. Students will participate in weekly organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly titled "Leading Small Organizations I"). Generally offered: Fall.

MSC 3023. Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course continues to build on the skills and fundamentals taught and discussed during MSC 3013. Students will continue to study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and Ethics, Personal Development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level. At the conclusion of this course, students will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a platoon in the execution of a mission during a classroom PE, a Leadership Lab, or during a Leader Training Exercise (LTX). Successful completion of this course prepares students for the ROTC Cadet Leader Course (CLC), which they will attend in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. Students will participate in weekly organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly titled "Leading Small Organizations II"). Generally offered: Spring.

MSC 3033. American Military History. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A comprehensive, but brief account of the US Army from past to present. Integrates the basic knowledge of American military history into the future officer’s education. This is an Army standardized, mandatory course that is a part of pre-commissioning training for contracted US Army ROTC cadets. Employs American military history as a tool for studying military professionalism and applying critical-thinking skills and decision-making skills to military problems. Analyzes the definition of Military History, the theory and practice of war, and the American Military System as an intellectual framework for applying critical-thinking skills and problem-solving skills to the study of historical military problems.

MSC 4013. The Army Officer. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This is an advanced course that places primary emphasis on Officership with our Senior Students. The overall objective of this course is to focus on the leadership development, critical thinking and final preparation for commissioning as U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant. Students will participate in weekly organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly titled "Adaptive Leadership"). Generally offered: Fall.

MSC 4023. Company Grade Leadership. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Continues the methodology from MSC 4013. This course places significant emphasis on preparing Cadets for their Officer Basic Course, and their first unit of assignment. Cadets explore military professional ethics and ethical decision making process and how it applies to a complex operational environment. Cadets gain practical experience in cadet battalion leadership roles, demonstrate personnel skills in operations and communications, develop and evaluate junior students and gain an understanding of the contemporary military operating environment. Students will participate in weekly organized physical fitness training. Students will have an opportunity to participate in one weekend exercise; additional weekend exercises may be offered. Concurrent enrollment in KIN 1001 Ind PhysAct: AROTC is recommended. (Formerly titled "Leadership in a Complex World"). Generally offered: Spring.

MSC 4033. Practical Leadership. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: MSC 4023 or consent of instructor. Performance-oriented instruction and preparation for commissioning. Additional development of students’ ability to plan, coordinate, and direct the efforts of Army small-unit organizations in the execution of tactical missions; planning and execution of leadership laboratories. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.