Department of Military Science


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) was established at Northwest Nazarene University in 1995 as a partnership with Boise State University under provisions recommended to the State Board of Education and in accordance with national requirements. Participation by students in the program is voluntary.

Student Learning Outcomes

The primary outcomes of the senior Army ROTC are:

  1. To provide world-class leadership training by leveraging Northwest Nazarene University's outstanding academic programs to transform scholar-athlete leaders and provide tactically and technically competent future officers with a strong moral compass and essential skills to lead small units upon arrival to their first units in the United States Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.
  2. To prepare qualified students for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Degrees and Certificates


MILS1010: Introduction to Military Science and Leadership

Credits 1
An introduction to ROTC, military customs and traditions, benefits of Army Service and basic military skills. Laboratory consists of participation in leadership exercises, introduction to land navigation, adventure training, rifle marksmanship, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).

MILS2010: Innovative Team Leadership

Credits 2
An overview of Military Leadership which prepares students for ROTC advanced courses. Classroom and laboratory instruction includes: leadership, land navigation, adventure training, oral and written communications, responsibilities of Army officers, and other general military subjects. Course is designed to aid future leaders in acquiring effective skills for influencing others, with particular reference to positions of military leadership.

MILS2020: Military Leadership

Credits 2
A continuation of learning leadership skills with continuing emphasis on professional development through land navigation, Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), marksmanship, and other military skills. Laboratory consists of progressive participation in leadership exercises, adventure training, and tactical operations.

MILS2500: Military Style Fitness

Credits 1
A practical application of military style fitness adapted for any students who wish to improve their overall fitness level. Emphasis is on cardiovascular and upper body development. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.

MILS2900: Military Science Basic Practicum

Credits 6
A field-based introduction to military subjects such as land navigation, map reading, marksmanship, and leadership. Practicum is a four-week Leadership Training course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The course fulfills MILS1010, 2010, 2020, and ROTC program requirements. Students may also earn a two-year scholarship while completing this course. The NNU Army ROTC advisor determines enrollment eligibility.

MILS3010: Adaptive Team Leadership

Credits 3
A study of basic Army tactics and leadership skills required to increase poise and confidence for military trainers and leaders. Students learn the techniques of effective counseling, training, and leadership in a military environment. Laboratory consists of progressive participation in advanced leadership exercise and practical application of basic tactics and leadership skills.

MILS3020: Leadership in Changing Environments

Credits 3

A continuation of MILS3010. Refines the fundamentals of small unit combat operations and basic leadership skills. Prepares students for success in MILS3900, the Advanced Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Laboratory consists of practical application of the basic soldier and leader skills studied in class including conceptualizing, decision-making, communication, planning, executing, and assessing in a tactical environment.

MILS3150: U.S. Military History

Credits 3
This course is an introduction to the history of the United States Armed Forces and to the nature of war, from their colonial origins through the Global War on Terror. The target audience is ROTC cadets preparing to commission into the U.S. Army. As such the course will emphasize the growth of professionalism of the U.S. Armed Forces through the crucibles of armed conflict. It will examine how the civil-military relationship has changed over time. Most importantly, history is the laboratory and the database for learning about war in all its dimensions. From the study of the history of war we can develop wisdom for the future.

MILS3900: Military Science Practicum

Credits 6 6

A field-based course which provides students with the opportunity to apply the leadership and soldier skills they have learned on campus. Students will work with and provide leadership to culturally diverse groups of people. The course is completed at the thirty day Army ROTC Advanced Course at Fort Knox Army Post in Kentucky. Note: This course is required for all contracted students and is usually completed during the summer between the junior and senior year. Fulfills a General Education Cultural Competency (CC) requirement.

MILS4010: Developing Adaptive Leaders

Credits 3
In this course cadets will learn to identify the responsibility of key staff roles and use situational opportunities to teach, train, and develop subordinates. This course develops proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing leadership performance feedback to subordinates. Cadets assess risk, make ethical decisions, and coach fellow ROTC cadets.

MILS4020: Leadership in a Complex World

Credits 3
This course focuses on the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment. It will also examine the differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Much of the curriculum is centered around aspects of interactions with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support.

MILS4960: Military Science Internship

Credits 1
This internship will allow cadets to apply skills acquired throughout their time in Army ROTC to further prepare them for commissioning as officers in the Army, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard. Prior to commissioning into the Army, students will have completed the senior level requirements for the minor in Military Science.