AROTC: Army Reserve Officer Training Corps

Military Arts and Science—Minor

Weekend field training. Hands-on leadership lab. Understand foreign policy, leadership, and advanced tactics through the lens of the US military, and put your knowledge into action. The Military Arts and Science minor offered by the Department of Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at Michigan Tech provides students with foundations in well-rounded leadership as it’s practiced in military institutions, with the opportunity to study one of our country's major instruments of national power.

Explore the facets of international conflict; the formation of national foreign policy; the use of aircraft, spacecraft, and information to create political and military effects; and the development and organization of US military forces.

Minors enable students to specialize in a discipline that’s different from their major, adding extra value to their education and career options. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.

Two-phase course covers the bases

The AROTC course has two phases. To enroll, you must be a student at Michigan Technological University or Finlandia University. Students are never required to attend basic training and cannot be activated or deployed prior to completing their academic studies.

Phase 1

The basic course gives students an introduction to the AROTC program and components of the US Army.

AR 1001 - Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking

Introduces cadets to the competencies that are 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 the Army profession.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

AR 1003 - Leadership and Competence

Introduces Cadets to the competencies that are critical for adaptive leadership. Cadets learn the basics of the communication process and the importance of developing the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army. Students will examine the Army profession in depth.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

AR 2001 - Leadership and Decision Making

Explores the dimensions of creative tactical leadership styles by examining team dynamics and historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Aspects of motivation and team building are practiced through planning, executing, and assessing team exercises

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall

AR 2002 - Army Doctrine and Team Development

Examines the challenges of leading teams in complex operational environments. The course highlights terrain analysis, patrolling, and operation orders. Cadets develop greater self-awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring

Each week, students attend class and a hands-on leadership lab as well as three to five one-hour physical fitness sessions. Each semester, students participate in a weekend field training exercise.

Phase 2

The Advanced Course is designed to teach students advanced military tactics and provide experience in team organization, planning, and decision-making.

AR 3001 - Warfighting Functions

Teaches cadets to plan, coordinate, navigate, motivate, and lead a squad and platoon in the execution of mission during a classroom PE, a leadership lab, or during a leader training course.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Co-Requisite(s): AR 3011

AR 3002 - Leadership and Operations

Cadets will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army leadership, officership, Army value and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the platoon level.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Co-Requisite(s): AR 3012
  • Pre-Requisite(s): AR 3001

AR 4001 - Mission Command I and the Army Profession

Completes the Cadet to commissioned officer transition. Course stresses mission command and ethics to assist the Cadet in further embracing their role as an Army officer.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Co-Requisite(s): AR 4011
  • Pre-Requisite(s): AR 3001 and AR 3002

AR 4004 - Mission Command II and the Company Grade Officer

Course will teach critical knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies that newly commissioned officers will need to succeed in their first unit of assignment. Cadets will examine the Army profession in depth.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Co-Requisite(s): AR 4012
  • Pre-Requisite(s): AR 3001 and AR 3002

Students in advanced courses can also attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), a four-week course at Fort Lewis, Washington where students from ROTC programs across the country demonstrate their knowledge and leadership skills.

How To Apply

Enrollment in the ROTC program is not a prerequisite. But to pursue a minor, you must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor.