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Becoming an officer in the military takes a well-rounded mind with problem-solving experience and the ability to lead. Our Military Science program offers two minors, one in strategic studies and one in military science.

A military science or strategic studies minor from Susquehanna combines ROTC courses with those in ethics, policy, philosophy and human interactions.

Adding either of these minors to any major at Susquehanna will help in your quest for self-improvement and leadership of men and women in the armed forces.

The military science program offers two minors, one in strategic studies and one in military science.

Minor in Strategic Studies. The minor in strategic studies consists of ROTC-301, ROTC-401 and one course from each of the following three areas:

Ethics: RELI-107 Faiths and Values, PHIL-122 Resolving Moral Conflicts and PHIL-225 Just War Theory

U.S. Policy: POLI-331 American Foreign Policy, POLI-333/SOCI-333 Development, Globalization and Society, and ECON-341 Economic Policy

Geography: PSYC-350 Psychology, Culture and Ethnicity

None of the courses in the strategic studies minor may be applied to the student's major.

Minor in Military Science. The minor in military science consists of ROTC-301, ROTC-302, ROTC-401, ROTC-402 and one course from each of the following two areas:

Human Interactions: PSYC-230 Social Psychology, PSYC-340 Cognitive Psychology and PSYC-350 Psychology, Culture and Ethnicity.

Ethics: RELI-107 Faiths and Values, PHIL-122 Resolving Moral Conflicts and PHIL-225 Just War Theory

None of the courses in the military science minor may be applied to the student's major.

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) or military science education is a four-year program designed to prepare college students for Army service as commissioned officers in the active Army, or part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

The program is available to qualified Bucknell University, Bloomsburg University, Susquehanna University, Penn College of Technology and Lycoming College students.

Scholarship first-year students and non-scholarship first- and second-year students may enroll on a trial basis with no commitment to the military. Students may leave the program or continue with advanced courses to earn a commission as an officer upon graduation.

Although the program is designed to start with new first-year students each fall, it is possible to enter the program as late fall of the junior year. Students with prior military service or those who complete a 28-day summer training camp may bypass the freshman- and sophomore-level training.

Various types and lengths of scholarships are available; some of which guarantee duty in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Scholarship cadets receive full tuition, a subsistence allowance of up to $500 a month and a book allowance of $1,200 a year. Beginning for the class of 2013, full room and board will included for scholarship cadets.

Non-scholarship cadets receive a subsistence allowance of up to $500 a month.

Non-scholarship and some types of scholarship cadets may also become part of Army Reserve or Army National Guard units while in ROTC to receive additional benefits.
Program requirements include a 33-day summer training course between the junior and senior years. There are opportunities for other specialized summer training such as airborne school, air assault school, internships with active duty Army units or internships with federal government agencies.

The time commitment for first- and second-year cadets during the school year is approximately five hours a week. For third- and fourth- year students the time commitment is approximately 10 hours a week. Time is spent on weekly classes, physical training, monthly leadership labs and a semester field training exercise.

For more information contact the Susquehanna ROTC program at 570-577-1246/1013/1007, email ArmyROTC@bucknell.edu, or visit the Bison Battalion website.

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