AROTC: Army Reserve Officer Training Corps

Military Arts and Science—Minor

The minor in Military Arts and Science, offered by the Department of Army ROTC, focuses on well-rounded leadership and advanced military tactics, providing students with the opportunity to study one of our country's major instruments of national power—the US military.

The minor emphasizes leadership as it is practiced in military institutions. Develop an understanding 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 the US military forces.


The AROTC course is comprised of two phases. To enroll, you must be a student at Michigan Tech or Finlandia University. Students are never required to attend Basic Training and students cannot be activated or deployed prior to completing their academic studies in college. Depending on when you enroll, you will undergo most or all of the following courses. Complete list of AROTC course offerings.

Phase 1

The basic course, designed to give students an introduction to the AROTC program, the components of the US Army, and provide a basic foundation in army leadership.

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.

In addition, students enrolled in the advanced courses will be provided the opportunity to attend the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

LDAC is a four-week course at Fort Lewis, Washington, that provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and leadership skills with students from other ROTC programs across the country.

How To Apply

Enrollment in the ROTC program is not a prerequisite for this minor. Minors allow students to specialize in a discipline outside their major. To pursue a minor, you must first be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program and file a Curriculum Add/Drop Form with the Registrar's Office to declare the minor. We recommend that you begin your minor studies as early as possible in your academic career.