ROTC, or military science, is a four-year program divided into basic courses in the first and second years and advanced courses in the third and fourth years. Susquehanna University offers the program jointly with nearby Bucknell University. The basic course classes are taught at Susquehanna and the advanced course are taught at Bucknell.

The program is designed to prepare college graduates for commission as officers in the U.S. Army. Program goals are to strengthen responsibility and integrity and develop leadership skills and the moral courage to apply those skills.

First-year students and sophomores may enroll in the program on a trial basis with no commitment either to the program or to the military. Students may choose to leave the program or continue with advanced courses to earn officers' commissions. Although the program is designed to start with new first-year students each fall, it is possible to make special arrangements to enter the program as late as the second semester of the sophomore year. Students with prior military service may validate the basic course and enter directly into the advanced course.

Students enrolled in the advanced courses receive a monthly subsistence allowance during the school year. Students also receive books, uniforms and equipment at no cost. First-year students and sophomores may compete for U.S. Army ROTC merit scholarships that pay full tuition and fees, with an additional $1200 each year for books.

Program requirements include a 28-day summer training camp between the junior and senior years. Students receive a salary for the camp experience and are provided travel, lodging and meals at no cost. Students also must complete one course in the area of military history.

First-year classes meet once weekly for 60 minutes; sophomore classes meet for a total of two hours weekly. Advanced course classes meet weekly for a total of three hours. Students also are required to participate in physical-fitness training sessions (one hour each, number varies with class), and 12 hours of laboratory time throughout the semester. There also is one weekend field training exercise each semester.

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.

ROTC-101 Introduction to ROTC

Acquaint students with the ROTC program. Increase self-confidence through team study. Learn fundamental concepts of professional leadership in both classroom and outdoor laboratory activities. 2 SH.

ROTC-102 Introduction to Leadership

Learn and apply principles of effective leading. Develop communication skills to improve individual performance and group interaction. Relate organization ethical values to the effectiveness of a leader. 4 SH.

ROTC-201 Self/Team Development

Learn and apply ethics-based leadership skills. Develop skills in oral presenting, concise writing, event planning and coordinating group efforts. 4 SH.

ROTC-202 Individual/Team Military Tactics

Focuses on leading a small group of individuals. Examines the role of the leader, military leadership concept, personal character, decision making, implementing decisions, motivation, supervision and training. 4 SH.

ROTC-301 Leading Small Organizations

Series of practical opportunities to lead groups, receive personal assessments and lead again in situations of increasing complexity. Plan and conduct training for younger students to teach and develop leadership skills. 4 SH.

ROTC-302 Leading Small Organizations II

Analyze tasks; prepare written or oral guidance for students to accomplish tasks. Delegate tasks and supervise. Plan for and adapt to the unexpected in organizations under stress. 4 SH.

ROTC-401 Leadership Challenges and Goal Setting

Plan, conduct and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization. Articulate goals, put plans into action to attain them. Develop confidence in skills to lead people and manage resources. 4 SH.

ROTC-402 Transition to Lieutenant

Continues the methodology from ROTC-401. Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas. Refine counseling and motivating techniques. Prepare for a future as a successful army lieutenant. 4 SH.

ROTC-303 Military History: American Military Experience

This course will examine the military heritage of the United States from the colonial period to the late twentieth century. The goal of the course is to develop students’ awareness of the relationship of the U.S. military establishment to American society. Further, the course will focus on the evolution of war and strategy and in the progression of military professionalism, with an emphasis on the history and purpose of joint operations, and discuss the role of history and heritage in understanding the Army profession. 4 SH.

ROTC-501 Independent Study

Individual work on selected topics for qualified students under faculty supervision. 1-4 SH.