Chicago State University

Military Science

Contact: Dr. Rachel Lindsey, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps The Department of Military Science offers students valuable training in leadership and management skills for success in any career field, whether civilian or military. The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program offers interested students an opportunity to earn a commission as an officer (Second Lieutenant) in the United States Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve. The Army ROTC offers two programs: the Basic Program and the Advanced Program. The Basic Program is designed for students with little or no prior military experience or college. The Basic Program focuses on customs and traditions of the army, military history, and the national defense system.

There is a heavy emphasis on leadership development and introductory activities that enable students to have fun while they learn about the military.

There is no commitment for the Basic Program if a student is not attending college on a federal ROTC scholarship. Upon successful completion of the Basic Program, qualified students are eligible to compete for entry into the Advanced Program.

The Advanced Program, or Pre-commissioning Program, is the second tenet within the department’s curriculum and instruction. The Advanced Program’s curriculum focuses on instruction and practice in management, tactics, ethics, professionalism, communication skills, and leadership development. The department sponsors two off-campus field training exercises each year. Fort Custer Michigan and Fort McCoy Wisconsin are the primary training sites used during scheduled field training exercises. These exercises serve as forums or labs for Advanced Programs students to enable them to apply leadership techniques and training concepts they learn on campus. For Basic Program students, the exercises present opportunities to have fun while learning about the military. The exercises include adventure training and confidence-building activities to help Basic Program students feel better about who they are and what they can accomplish. In addition to the Pre-commissioning training, the Department of Military Science provides students, both Basic and Advanced programs, opportunities to attend professional development training. Students may attend Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia; or Air Assault School, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The Department of Military Science offers a summer internship program for Advanced Program students to serve on active duty with a Regular Army unit during a portion of the summer. Internship locations include major military installations located throughout the United States, Germany, Korea, Alaska, and Hawaii.

General Requirements

Admission to the ROTC Program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department. The department will not accept transfer grades below a C in military science or related supportive courses. In addition, the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. United States citizenship (or resident alien status).
  2. Classification as a full-time student with a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  3. Ability to qualify for appointment as a second lieutenant before the candidate is 30 years of age.
  4. Be of good moral character.
  5. Physically qualified for a commission.

A student entering the university after successfully completing training in high school or in a preparatory school that has an accredited junior division ROTC program is entitled, upon enrollment, to such placement as may be determined by the Department Chairperson. Instruction is offered through a four year (entering freshman) and a two year (veterans or eligible sophomores and juniors) programs. Both programs include attendance at advance summer camp (Fort Lewis, Washington) between the junior and senior years. Students not enrolled in the ROTC program may attend classes with the consent of the department. Basic and advanced course cadets are issued, at no cost, uniforms and equipment necessary for ROTC program.

The department’s assessment plan can be found in the departmental office.

Specific Requirements

Basic Program 13 credit hours

Required Courses - MI S 1010/101, 1020/102, 2010/201, 2020/202, 1510/151, 2510/251; ENG 1270/127 and 1280/128; MATH 1200/162, and successful completion of the university

English, Mathematics and Reading

Qualifying examinations.

Advanced Program 14 credit hours

Required Courses- MI S 3010/301, 3020/302, 3510/351, 3110/311, 3120/312, 3810/381, and successful completion of advanced Camp at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Supportive courses (Professional Military Education) - One course from each area.

Computer Science – CPTR1060/106.

Written Communication Skills - ENG 2280/228, 2790/279, or 2800/280.

Human Behavior - PSYC 1000/123, 1100/141, ANTH 1010/101; SOC 1010/101, or PHIL 1040/203.

Military History- HIST 2460/246

Mathematics - MATH 1200/162.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp

Chicago State University offers students an opportunity to earn a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. The mission of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is to produce leaders for the Air Force. Its vision is to be a highly successful organization, respected throughout the Air Force, the educational community and the nation. Students who become cadets have the opportunity to earn a commission in the United States Air Force while earning their baccalaureate degrees. Most graduates who enter the Air Force through this program are assigned to positions consistent with their academic majors. Highly qualified, interested graduates may compete for selection as pilots or navigators.

Air Force ROTC students gain an understanding of Air and Space fundamental concepts and principles, and a basic understanding of associated professional knowledge. Students develop a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility, and an appreciation of the requirements for national security.

Chicago State University-has a cross-town agreement with the Department of Aerospace Studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology which allows for students to be enrolled at Chicago State University and take Aerospace Studies the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Four-year Program

The four-year program consists of a two-year General Military Course (GMC) and a two- year Professional Officer Course (POC). Students normally start this program in their freshman year. Qualified students with previous service or at least three years Air Force JROTC may start as sophomores and enroll directly in the AS 2000/200 course. Any student who is not on an AFROTC scholarship may withdraw from the GMC at any time. Students selected for POC must complete an AFROTC sponsored four-week field training encampment at an Air Force Base before being awarded POC status and stipends (pay).

This requirement is normally fulfilled the summer after completing the sophomore year and before beginning the junior year. Not meeting this requirement does not prevent students from enrolling in the AS 3000/300 course, but rather postpones award of POC privileges and pay until field training is accomplished. The major areas of study during field training include junior officer training, aircraft and crew orientation, career orientation, survival training, base functions, and the Air Force environment.

Two-year Program

This program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in qualified majors with fewer than three, but at least two, years of coursework remaining towards their degree. Completion of this program requires a five-week summer field training encampment and the two-year POC. The five-week field training session is normally and preferably the summer prior to the start of the senior year (or first semester of the POC), but may be completed the following summer. Not meeting this requirement does not prevent students from enrolling in the AS 3000/300 course, but rather postpones award of POC privileges and pay until field training is accomplished. The major areas of study for the five-week encampment are the same as the four-week encampment with the addition of the GMC curriculum. Interested students should contact the Air Force ROTC Detachment 195 at (312) 567-3525 as soon as possible during the fall term of their sophomore year. 

General Requirements

    1. General Military Course (GMC). This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and Air Force ROTC, while examining general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. This course provides students with knowledge level understanding for the general elements and employment of air and space power from an institutional, doctrinal and historical perspective. Leadership Laboratory is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

Required classes include (credit hours in parentheses):

AS-1010/101 The Foundations of the USAF I (1)

AS-102 The Foundations of the USAF II (1)

AS-2010/201 Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I (1)

AS-2020/202 Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II (1)

    1. Professional Officer Course (POC). This course provides an in depth study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Further this course examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles of this course.

Required classes include (credit hours in parentheses):

AS-3010/301 Air Force Leadership Studies I (3)

AS-3020/302 Air Force Leadership Studies II (3)

AS-4010/401 Nation Security Affairs (3)

AS-4020/402 Preparation for Active Duty (3)

Scholarship Opportunities

The Air Force ROTC College Scholarship Program (CSP) offers four- and three- year scholarships for highly qualified high school graduates interested in an Air Force career. Additionally, the In-College Scholarship Program (ISCP) offers a variety of scholarships to qualified students already enrolled in college. Interested students can learn more about scholarship opportunities at the Air Force ROTC website,, or may contact Detachment 195 at (312) 567-3525.

Military Science (M IS) Course Offerings


Issues and competencies central to a commissioned officer’s responsibilities. Framework for understanding officership, leadership, Army values and “life skills” such as physical fitness and time management.

1020/102 BASIC LEADERSHIP /2 (1)

Basic leadership fundamentals such as problem solving, communications, briefings, effective writing, goal setting, and techniques for improving listening and speaking skills. Introduction to counseling.

1510/151 PHYSICAL READINESS I /3 (1)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Series of four progressive Military Physical Readiness Training courses specifically tailored to provide and develop the stamina, endurance, strength, flexibility, reaction time, coordination, speed, self discipline and self confidence required in performing professional military skills. Also provide the knowledge to plan, conduct and execute an unit level Physical Fitness Program. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.


Successful leadership characteristics through observation and experiential learning exercises through observation and discussion in small groups.


How to build successful teams, influence action, communicate effectively and achieve goals, time decision, and creative problem solving.


Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Continuation of Physical Readiness I. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.)

2600 U.S. MILITARY HISTORY 1650 TO 2008 (3)

Exploration of U.S. military history from 1650 to the present. Analysis of the development of technological innovations and their impact on the major conflicts throughout the history of the U.S. military. Leaders, strategists, and soldiers who waged these wars and how they have shaped history and the modern world.


Self-assessment of leadership style and development of personal fitness regimen. Plan and conduct individual/small unit tactical training while testing reasoning and problem-solving techniques.


Prerequisite: MI S 301 and consent of the department.

Communications, values, and ethics in effective leadership. Ethical decision-making, consideration of others, and spirituality in the military.


Prerequisite: MI S 3010/301, 3020/302, and consent of the department.

Develops proficiency in planning executing complex operations, functioning as staff members, and mentoring subordinates. Training management, methods of staff collaboration, and developmental counseling techniques.

3120/312 OFFICERSHIP /4 (3)

Prerequisite: MI S 3010/301, 3020/302, 3110/311 and consent of the department.

Case study of military law and practical exercises on establishing an ethical command climate. Senior leadership project requires planning, organization, collaboration; analysis and demonstration of leadership skills.


Prerequisite: Junior standing

Continuation of Physical Readiness II. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.)


Prerequisite: Senior standing

Continuation of Physical Readiness III. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.)


Prerequisite: Consent of the department.

Intensive research and study of one or more selected topics. The topics and research methodology are determined in consultation with the instructor. May be repeated for maximum of six credit hours.