University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2000-2001 Undergraduate Catalog

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Phone: 262-472-1541

ARMY:Kenneth B. Black (Co-Chairperson), Brenda D. Firari, Michael J. Laskowski, Charles J. Olsen.
AIR FORCE: Gregory D. Denney (Co-Chairperson), Erik J. Bruce, Todd J. Weyerstrass.

The Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary study of leadership which is available to any student on a non-discriminatory basis and may be taken without incurring a military service obligation. Students may pursue one or both of the two departmental programs (I) LEADERSHIP MINOR, (II) COMMISSION in the US Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard, or (III) COMMISSION in the US Air Force.


This interdisciplinary minor is for students desiring instruction, practical experience and credentials in leadership. The courses studied provide students with the specialized leadership knowledge and training required to be a successful supervisor, manager or administrator and is universally applicable across a broad spectrum of professions. The two available options provide additional specialization for students with interests in either a civilian or military career. The completion of this program provides college students with a valuable minor and valuable credentials which are in high demand by future employers. Students enrolled in a business related major should definitely consider this complementary minor as a valuable credential for entry into their chosen career field.

Academic Eligibility

No specific academic eligibility requirements exist for students who pursue a leadership minor. Students seeking an Army commission must have a minimum of two years remaining in their academic program - undergraduate or graduate.


    1. LEAD 450-210, 450-211, 450-220 AND 450-221
    2. LEAD 450-310, 450-320 AND 450-420
    3. LEAD 450-301, 450-302, 450-401 AND 450-402
  2. 2. LEAD 450-410 AND PHIL 782-410
  3. 3. SELECT 3 CREDITS FROM COURSES (BEHAVIORAL) PHIL 782-261, PSYC 840-211, SOC 880-140 OR INTR 940-246
  4. 4. SELECT 3 CREDITS FROM COURSES (HISTORICAL) HIST 740-390, 740-392 AND 740-401
  5. 5. SELECT 3 - 6 ELECTIVE CREDITS FROM COURSES MGNT 250-310, 250-419, 250-428, 250-486, EDFD 423-212, 423-483, LEAD 450-101, 450-102, 450-110, 450-111, 450-120, 450-121, 450-122, 450-123, 450-201, 450-202, 450-240, 450-311, 450-321, 450-330, 450-411, 450-420, 450-421, 450-440, SPCH 166-240, 166-242, 166-247, 166-327, HIST 740-307, PHIL 782-245, 782-281, RELG 786-351, PSCI 820-351, 820-421, PSYC 840-104, SOC 880-355 OR 880-380


  1. SELECT 3 CRED FROM COURSES B ED 220-353, ENGL 680-370 AND 680-372 RLS



The academic pursuit of a commission as an officer in the United States Army is accomplished simultaneously as students meet the prerequisites for a degree in the discipline of their choice; either undergraduate or graduate. The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) offers a progressive leadership education program that combines challenging academic study and practical training experiences in the theories, concepts and principles of leadership.

Additional emphasis is also placed on organizational dynamics, resource management and ethical decision making. The completion of this departmental program prepares the college student to receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

The commission program is generally divided into a two-year Basic Phase (freshman and sophomore) and a two-year Advanced Phase (junior and senior). Alternate means of completing the on-campus Basic Phase are available to students desiring to enter the program at the Advanced Phase level. Students seeking a commission will be provided administrative assistance and counseling guidance by a faculty adviser from the Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies.

Students must have a minimum of two years remaining in their academic program - undergraduate or graduate - to successfully complete the academic program for a commission. During this period of upper division courses the qualified students will have a contractual commitment between themselves and the United States Army. In exchange for participation in the program, a student will receive $150 a month during the school year (up to $1500 maximum) and approximately $700 plus paid travel to attend the Advanced Leader Camp (450-440) normally conducted near Seattle, Washington, at Fort Lewis. In all, the student receives about $3,700 during the two year advanced phase. Application for the Advance Phase should be initiated as early as possible by contacting the Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies, Room 111, Salisbury Hall.

Air Force

Students may also pursue a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force while simultaneously satisfying the academic requirements of their major. The Air Force ROTC program combines its leadership and organizational education with practical experience in personnel and resource management. This marriage of training and application provides a challenging environment to prepare future officers with the skills they will need to succeed on Active Duty or, on occasion, in the Reserves or Air National Guard.

Participants in Air Force ROTC can potentially complete the program in as little as 2-1/2 years. Though no flight training is offered during ROTC, elements of their ROTC training will contribute directly to their competitiveness for selection as a pilot or navigator. Similarly, for those not interested in flying, their ROTC participation will allow them significant influence over their future options as an officer. All participants will attend a summer Field Training camp, typically between their Sophomore and Junior years. In addition, ROTC cadets can compete for a wide range of summer orientation programs, including parachute or glider training, "shadow" programs at an actual Air Force installation, field trips, duty as an assistant instructor during a Field Training camp, etc.

During the final two years of the program participants will receive $150 a month during the school year. In addition, up to $3,500 in financial assistance for tuition, books and fees may be provided based on academic and ROTC performance. Travel pays and Field Training camps pay are in addition to these amounts. For more information and to apply for Air Force ROTC membership, individuals should stop by the Air Force offices in the Department of Leadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies.


The US Army ROTC scholarship student leads essentially the same life as other college students. They may pursue the academic degree of their choice and they carry a normal academic course load. However, unlike the normal college student, the Army ROTC scholarship student receives tuition, laboratory fees, on-campus educational fees, and a flat rate of $225 a semester from which they may purchase textbooks, classroom supplies and equipment. Army ROTC scholarship winners also receive a tax-free subsistence allowance of $150 a month for 10 months for each year that the scholarship is in effect. Scholarships at UW-Whitewater are worth approximately $3,500 a year and they are available for 2, 3, and 4 year periods to both men and women. Scholarship recipients are required to enroll in the ROTC Program in order to receive financial benefits. Scholarship applications are available at Room 111, Salisbury Hall.

Similarly, the Air Force offers a series of scholarship incentives to participate in their commissioning program. Though some are aimed at technical fields, others address under-represented ethnic or racial groups in the Air Force, and others reinforce and recognize outstanding progress/participation in the program. Normal scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, books and certain fees up to $7,500 per semester. Incentive scholarships are $1,750 per semester ($1,000 for tuition, $250 for books/fees). In addition, scholarship winners and contract members in the last two years of training receive a payment of $150 per month. For example, a cadet who receives an incentive scholarship for the last two years, coupled with the monthly allowance, would receive approximately $3,850 dollars in financial assistance per year.


Qualified enlisted personnel currently serving in the US Army National Guard or US Army Reserve are permitted to simultaneously participate in the Advanced Course ROTC Officer Training program while enrolled as a full time student. Students participating in this program gain practical leadership experience while serving as a Cadet Officer Trainee with either the Army Reserve or National Guard. Both programs offer many financial benefits.

Though National Guard and Reserve members may participate in Air Force ROTC, prior to entry into their last two years of training they will be required to get a "Conditional Release" from them. For details on any ROTC program and eligibility requirements contact a representative in Salisbury Hall, Room 111.

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Last revised on March 10, 2000 by WDT