The Program

The Military Science Program (Army ROTC) is designed to augment the college learning experience; identifying and developing future leaders is the cornerstone of the program. Its primary goals are to identify, instruct, and commission young men and women for service as officers either in the United States Army Reserve or the Army National Guard with a local or hometown assignment, or the active U.S. Army with a world-wide assignment. Intermediate goals include providing students with those managerial skills necessary to organize and effectively run a student club, a small business, or an Army platoon.


The "normal" Military Science program is four years: the 2 year Basic Course followed by the 2 year Advanced Course. The Basic Course is designed to provide students with a fundamental leadership education. It is appropriate for all students, whether or not they are interested in an Army officer commission.


The Advanced Course is a two-year officer education program (12 credit hours) leading to a commission in the Active Army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard. To enroll in the Advanced Course, a student must be at least a Junior (54 credit hours), have a minimum 2.0 Q.P.A., successfully pass an Army Physical Fitness Test, and meet weight standards. The curriculum continues where the Basic Course leaves off, and is focused on tactics and military leadership. Some outside-the-classroom instruction (land navigation, small-unit leadership, rappelling, etc.) is required.


The Basic Course is a prerequisite to the Advanced Course. However, for students who have already completed one or two years of study, and have not taken ROTC classes, NU offers accelerated programs to those interested in becoming an Army officer. The first, offered to incoming sophomores, is called the "compression" program. Simply stated, the student will take or "compress" all four semesters of the Basic Course in their sophomore year. The second program is for incoming juniors or graduate students. It is a four week internship held each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. For more details check out Leader's Training Course.