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Military Science

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Military Science Program



Students from D’Youville College wishing to pursue a career in the U.S. military are able to follow a course of study in military science as cross-registered students at Canisius College. The military science program at Canisius College is designed to augment the college learning experience. Its primary goals are to identify, instruct and commission men and women for service as officers in the active United States Army, the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. D’Youville students interested in learning more about the possibility of military service in this form should contact the Canisius College professor of military science at 716-888-3229.


Course Requirements

The following courses are provided by Canisius College.

Military Science

Freshmen and Sophomore Years:
Course Number Course Name Credits
MLS 101

Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking

This course introduces students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership. Students learn how the personal development of life skills such as critical thinking, time & stress management, goal setting, and comprehensive fitness relate to leadership, and the Army profession. Optional: Leadership Lab; three one-hour physical fitness sessions; weekend military exercises. Fall
MLS 102

Introduction to the Profession of Arms

This course introduces Students to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for adaptive leadership. Students learn basic communications skills that are important for leader’s to develop. Students examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the U.S. Army. Optional: Leadership Lab; three one-hour physical fitness sessions; weekend military exercises. Spring
MLS 111L/112L/211L/212L

Basic Course Leadership Laboratory

Students are given opportunities to lead their peers in hands-on training in basic military skills such as land navigation, rifle marksmanship, tactics, drill and ceremony, first aid training and survival swimming. Prerequisite: Concurrent Enrollment in MLS 101, 102, 201 or 202. All students will be required to provide medical documentation that states they are fit to participate in a normal college physical education course. Lab is conducted on Thursday from 3:00-5:00 pm every week.
MLS 201

Foundations of Leadership

This course explores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework. Aspects of personal motivation and team building are practice planning, executing and assessing team exercises. Optional: leadership labs, three one-hour physical fitness sessions, weekend military exercises. Fall
MLS 202

Foundations of Tactical Leadership

This course examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operations orders. Students develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. Optional: leadership labs, three-five one-hour Physical Readiness Training (PRT) sessions, weekend military exercises. Spring
Total 12
Junior and Senior Years:
Course Number Course Name Credits
MLS 301

Adaptive Team Leadership

This course challenges Cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills when presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on Cadre/Peer feedback, and self-evaluations, Cadets continue to develop leadership and critical thinking. Prerequisite: Approval of department chair; concurrent registration in MLS 311L. Fall
MLS 302

Applied Team Leadership

An academically challenging course where students practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Officership, utilizing Army Values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the team/squad level. At the conclusion of this course, students are capable of planning, coordinating, motivating and leading a team/squad. Prerequisite: Approval of department chair; concurrent registration in MLS 312L. Spring
MLS 401

Mission Command and the Army Profession

Explore the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations. Students examine differences in customs & courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians, the decision making processes and host nation support. Prerequisites: MSL 301, MLS 302 and MLS 310; concurrent registration in MLS 411L. Fall
MLS 402

Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer

Explore the dynamics of leading in the complex situations during Unified Land Operations I, II, and III. Examine the Art of Command. Learn about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), Being Ready and Resilient (R2C), and Individual and Family Readiness. Prerequisite: MLS 401; concurrent registration in MLS 412L. Spring
Total 12

These courses, when completed, may be applied to D'Youville degree requirements as general electives in the core curriculum.

View the Canisius College course catalog for complete details.