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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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ROTC Program

Taught by highly-qualified Army instructors, MS classes offer the best in leadership training. Hands on training, confidence building, military history, and teamwork skills are emphasized.

FALL MSL 101 MSL 201 MSL 301 MSL 401
SPRING MSL 102 MSL 202 MSL 302 MSL 402
*MSL 150 Leadership Lab (Fall and Spring) is required for all contracted Cadets and highly encouraged for participating Cadets.Must be taken along with an MSL Course listed above. (Additional Information listed Below)
*MSL 210 Army Physical Fitness (Fall, Spring) Introduction to Army Physical Fitness training.
*MSL 252 (Spring) or Equivalent Military History Course must be taken to complete commissioning requirement.

MSL 101 (1) Intro to the Army & Critical Thinking
Introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies critical for effective leadership. Cadets 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.


MSL 201 (2) Leadership & Decision Making
Explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practiced planning, executing and assessing team exercises.


MSL 301 (3) Training Management & the Warfighting Function
Cadets will 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, Cadets 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).

MSL 401 (3) The Army Officer
An advanced course that places primary emphasis on Officership with our MS IV cadets who are our educational main effort; MS 401 and 402 together refine and ultimately completes the Cadet-to-commissioned officer transition. In MS 401 Mission Command and ethics is stressed along to assist the Cadet in further embracing their future role as an Army officer. Prerequisite: MSL 301, MSL 302

MSL 150 (1) Leadership Lab
This class is the associated leadership lab for the MSL classes. It is the hands-on portion where individual and collective military tasks are practiced and leadership lessons are applied. Students must be enrolled in ROTC to take this course. Co-requisite: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202, MSL 299, MSL 301, MSL 302, MSL 401, MSL 402, MSL 499
Fall, Spring


MSL 252 (3) The Evolution of American Warfare
This course is designed to provide an overview of American Military history from the Revolutionary War to the present, with emphasis on the post World War I era. It examines the cause, conduct, consequences, and historical threads of military conflict


MSL 102 (1) Leadership & Decision Making
Introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for adaptive leadership. Cadets learn the basics of the communications process and the importance for leader’s to develop the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army.

MSL 202 (2)Army Doctrine & Team Development
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. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills.

MSL 302 (3) Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations This course will concentrate on the development and control of the infantry squad and platoon on the modern battlefield. Students will learn the principles of patrolling, offensive operations, defensive operations, and the preparation and issuance of orders and annexes. The laboratories will reinforce classroom instruction. The field training exercises (FTXs) will be the practical application of all classroom instruction.
Spring Prerequisite: MSL 301


MSL 402 (3) Company Grade Leadership
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. The emphasis is placed on critical knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies skills newly commissioned officers will Prerequisite: MSL 301, MSL 302

MSL 210 (1) Army Physical Fitness
This class is open to all students. Please note, this is a physically demanding class. It is a comprehensive fitness program based on the latest military fitness techniques and principles. Students participate in and learn the components of an effective physical fitness program, with emphasis on the development of an individual fitness program and the role of exercise and fitness in one’s life. In addition, students will achieve the highest standards of physical fitness in preparation for the Army Physical Fitness Test. This class is a pre-requisite for MSL 403.
Fall, Spring