Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Military Leadership, Bachelor of Science (733)

Program Coordinator

Beth A. Dillon, beth.dillon@wku.edu, (270) 745-4586

The major in military leadership creates well-prepared, well-educated, culturally aware, dynamic leaders through interdisciplinary coursework, internships, Army training and schools, community involvement, and various leadership opportunities. The military leadership program spans up to eight semesters, during which the student is mentored and developed using emphasis on team and leadership skills training. In addition to military science courses, the student selects nine credit hours from political science, psychology, management, communications, geography, sociology, and history. With the completion of additional requirements, students may also be able to earn a certificate in organizational leadership.

Although the program prepares students to be eligible for commission in the U.S. Army, program graduates are not required to seek commissions. In addition to prospective officers, non-commissioned officers and veterans may also be admitted to the major in military leadership.

Program admission requirements for those seeking a commission are:

  • 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 chair).
  • Execute a written agreement with the government to complete the two-year advanced course of training, attend Advanced Course (AC), agree in writing to accept appointment as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve, and service a prescribed tour of active or reserve service component duty as a commissioned officer.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be eligible to receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Program admission requirements for those with prior military service or those who are currently serving as non-commissioned officers not seeking a commission are:

  • 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 chair).

Simultaneous Membership Program
This program is designed to allow selected members of the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to enroll in the Advanced Army ROTC Program. These students serve in their units as officer trainees while completing the advanced course of instruction. Upon completion of the advanced course and college graduation, they are commissioned as Second Lieutenants. Please contact Brandon Smith at Brandon.Smith@wku.edu or call (270) 745-6054.

Financial Assistance Program
Army ROTC offers a scholarship program to provide financial assistance to outstanding young men and women who are interested in the Army as a profession. Scholarships may be awarded for periods of two, three, or four years. Four-year scholarships are awarded to selected high school applicants who plan to attend a university hosting Army ROTC. Applicants must apply prior to the deadline during their senior year in high school. Contact the Recruiting Officer for the deadline.

Two- and three-year scholarships are awarded to university sophomores or freshmen who desire to earn an officer’s commission. Each scholarship provides tuition, textbooks, classroom supplies, and laboratory fees in addition to tax-free allowances of $420 per month. Budget dependent, four-year scholarship recipients may receive room and board scholarships from the University. Two- and three-year scholarship recipients may receive room scholarships from the University.

Applicants are not required to be enrolled in the ROTC program to apply. Competition is very keen and is open nationwide. Students wishing to apply for these scholarships must submit a completed application to the Department of Military Science and Leadership.

Program Requirements (36-42 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Basic Courses
Select one of the following options: 17-10
Introduction to the Army and Mountaineering
and Foundations of Army Leadership
and Army Leadership and Ethics
and Team Building and Army Doctrine
Introduction to Military Life
and Military Science Practicum (Leader’s Training Course)
Advanced Courses 1
MIL 301Army Training Management and Warfighting Functions3
MIL 302Applied Tactical Army Leadership4
MIL 401Professional Leadership Skills3
MIL 402Role of the Army Officer4
MIL 410Military Science Practicum (Leadership Development and Assessment Course)3-6
or LEAD 400 Practicum in Leadership
Restricted Elective
HIST 299Introduction to Military History3
or HIST 494 U S Military History
Select 9 hours of electives with advisor approval from the following list; at least two disciplines must be represented:9
Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
International Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Political Terrorism
U S Foreign Policy
Politics of Developing Nations
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Government and Politics in East Asia
Government and Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
African Government and Politics
Theories of War and Peace in International Relations
Effective Listening
Organizational Communication
Advanced Intercultural Communication
Organization and Management
Management of Organizational Conflict
Introduction to Leadership Studies
Practicum in Leadership
Hitler and Nazi Germany
Rise and Decline of Communism
Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender
Diversity in American Society
Geography of Europe
Geography of South America
Geography of East Asia
Geography of Africa
Geography of the Middle East
Total Hours36-42

A second major or minor is required. Students are encouraged to choose a second major related to their intended career objectives. 

Finish in Four Plan

Finish in Four Plan may vary pending participation in LTC and LDAC:  

  • LTC - only required for students working towards a U.S. Army Commission and wanting to waiver the Basic Course MIL requirements
  • LDAC - only required for students who are working towards a commission in the U.S. Army
First Year
MIL 1012MIL 1022 
ENG 1003COMM 1453 
HIST 101 or HIST 1023MATH 109 or MATH 1163 
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3Colonnade: Literary Studies3 
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Science3Colonnade: Social and Behavioral Sciences3 
 General University Elective2 
 14 16 
Second Year
MIL 2013MIL 2023MIL 2091
ENG 300 or COMM 2003Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3Leaders Training Course (LTC) at Ft Knox6
2nd Major/Minor Course32nd Major/Minor Course3 
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab32nd Major/Minor Course3 
Colonnade: Connections (Social and Cultural)3World Language (if needed) OR 2nd Major/Minor Course3 
 15 15 7
Third Year
MIL 3013MIL 3024MIL 410 (LDAC)6
Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3HIST 2993 
2nd Major/Minor Course3Military Leadership Elective3 
2nd Major/Minor Course32nd Major/Minor Course3 
General University Elective3General University Elective (ONLY needed if took MIL 209 and MIL 210)3 
 15 13 6
Fourth Year
MIL 4013MIL 4024 
Military Leadership Elective3LEAD 400 (if MIL 410 not taken)1-6 
2nd Major/Minor Course32nd Major/Minor Course3 
2nd Major/Minor Course3General University Elective1 
General University Elective1Military Leadership Elective3 
 13 17 
Total Hours 131