Note on basic military science
The basic course is open to all JMU students. There is no military obligation incurred for taking 100- and 200-level military science courses. This curriculum is designed to help students in the near-term as leaders on campus. The classes will also help students be more effective leaders in the long-term, whether they serve in the military or as leaders in civilian life. Topics addressed include problem solving, critical thinking, problem-solving methods, leadership theory, followership, group cohesion, goal setting, feedback mechanisms, physical fitness and land navigation.
Lessons are taught in a seminar format, emphasizing student discussions and practical exercises. Courses are open to all students with no prerequisites and no military obligation. Students must enroll in both the lab and the classroom instruction.
Placement credit for the basic course may be awarded through multiple programs including: prior military service, basic training, or successful completion of the ROTC summer leadership training course at Ft. Knox, Ky.