2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Military Leadership (MLS)

Military Leadership (Army ROTC)

Alumni Arena
North Campus
Ph: 716-888-3239
Mrs. Rebecca Sparacino
Enrollment Officer (for program/scholarship information)
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Gross
Professor of Military Science

The Learning Environment

The goal of the Military Science (MLS) Program is to train confident and competent leaders of character for commissioning as officers in the US Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Every student taking MLS will learn organizational, leadership and managerial skills that will prepare them to lead. This program is open to students of all majors, no previous military experience required.

The traditional MLS program is four years: a two-year Basic Course, for which no military obligation is incurred, and a two-year Advanced Course, plus a US Military History Course (3 credits). Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) classes are three credit college electives you can take for up to two years with no military obligation. Instructors develop their students’ physical, mental and critical thinking skills through team building and collective hands-on problem solving case studies. A number of popular and challenging extra-curricular activities are available for students who take these courses.

About Our Facilities

The Military Leadership courses are offered in conjunction with Canisius College, University at Buffalo, D’Youville Collge, and Buffalo State College. Therefore, facilities include multiple institutions as well as our own Alumni Arena.

Further details are available through the Canisius College Department of Military Science.

About Our Faculty

Our Full-Time Faculty:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Gross – Professor of Military Science
  • Major Stephen Ang – Assistant Professor of Military Science
  • Major David Hankins – Assistant Professor of Military Science
  • Captain Candice Freyburger – Assistant Professor of Military Science
  • Captain Dennis Harris – Assistant Professor of Military Science
  • Master Sergeant Alfredo Burgos – Senior Military Science Instructor
  • Master Sergeant B. Alan Payne – Military Science Instructor
  • Mr. Dwayne Wood
  • Mrs. Rebecca M. Sparacino – Enrollment Officer

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

MLS Courses


  • MLS 101LEC Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking
    Lecture

    This course challenges Cadets to study, practice, and evaluates adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, Cadets continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MLS 102LEC Introduction to The Profession of Arms
    Lecture

    This course introduces Cadets to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for adaptive leadership. Cadets learn the basic of the communications process and the importance for leaders to develop the essential skills to effectively communicate in the Army. Students will examine the Army Profession and what it means to be a professional in the US Army. Optional: Leadership Lab; three one-hour PRT sessions; one Joint FTX (JFTX) per semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MLS 111LAB Basic Course Leadership Laboratory
    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. All students will be required to provide medical documentation that they are fit to participate in a normal college physical education course. Lab is conducted on Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm every week. Requires: Concurrent Enrollment in MLS 101

    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: MLS 101
  • MLS 112LAB Basic Course Leadership Laboratory
    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. All students will be required to provide medical documentation that they are fit to participate in a normal college physical education course. Lab is conducted on Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm every week. Requires: Concurrent Enrollment in MLS 102

    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Corequisites: MLS 102
  • MLS 199LEC Independent Study
    Lecture

    Students study selected military topics under the supervision of a cadre member. Prerequisites: Varies. Permission from the Professor of Military Science required

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MLS 201LEC Foundations of Leadership
    Lecture

    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 PRT sessions, one FTX per semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MLS 202LEC Foundations of Tactical Leadership
    Lecture

    This course examines the challenges of leading teams in the complex operational environment. The course highlights dimensions of terrain analysis, patrolling, and operations orders. Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army Leadership Requirements Model explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. Cadets develop greater self awareness as they assess their own leadership styles and practice communication and team building skills. Optional: leadership labs, three one-hour PRT sessions, one JFTX per semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MLS 211LAB Basic Course Leadership Laboratory
    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. All students will be required to provide medical documentation that they are fit to participate in a normal college physical education course. Lab is conducted on Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm every week. Requires: Concurrent Enrollment in MLS 201

    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: MLS 201
  • MLS 212LAB Leadership Laboratory
    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. All students will be required to provide medical documentation that they are fit to participate in a normal college physical education course. Lab is conducted on Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm every week. Requires: Concurrent Enrollment in MLS 202.

    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: MLS 202
  • MLS 299LEC Independent Study
    Lecture

    Students study selected military topics under the supervision of a cadre member. Prerequisites: Varies. Permission from the Professor of Military Science required.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MLS 301LEC Adaptive Team Leadership
    Lecture

    This course challenges Cadets to study, practice, and evaluates adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership attributes and actions. Based on such feedback, as well as their own self-evaluations, Cadets continue to develop their leadership and critical thinking abilities. Requires: Concurrent registration in MLS 311

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MLS 302LEC Applied Team Leadership
    Lecture

    This course is an academically challenging course were you will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of Army Leadership, Officership, Army Values and ethics, personal development, and small unit tactics at the team and squad level. At the conclusion of this course, you will be capable of planning, coordinating, navigating, motivating and leading a team or squad in the execution of a tactical mission. Requires: Concurrent registration in MLS 312.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MLS 311LAB Advanced Leadership Lab
    Laboratory

    Cadets apply basic military skills in small peer learning exercises and small unit training operations. Leadership positions are rotated to solve problems in tactics, land navigation, logistics and crisis reaction. Requires: Concurrent registration in MLS 301

    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: MLS 301
  • MLS 312LAB Leadership Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Cadets apply basic military skills in small peer learning exercises and small unit training operations. Leadership positions are rotated to solve problems in tactics, land navigation, logistics and crisis reaction. Requires: Concurrent registration in MLS 302

    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: MLS 302
  • MLS 399LEC Independent Study
    Lecture

    Students study selected military topics under the supervision of a cadre member. Prerequisites: Varies. Permission from the Professor of Military Science required.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MLS 401LEC Mission Command and the Army Profession
    Lecture

    Mission Command and the Army Profession explore the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations. You will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. You also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, the decision making processes and host nation support. Requires: Completion of MLS 301/311/302/312

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • MLS 402LEC Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer
    Lecture

    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 and how to properly communicate with your NCOs and Soldiers during Taking Charge 1, 2 and 3, and Developing Others (counseling). During Cultural Awareness and Cultural Property Protection (CPP), you will discuss numerous situations on how ethical decisions impact personnel and the unit mission. Through the understanding of your roles and responsibilities, you will learn about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF), Being Ready and Resilient (R2C), and Individual and Family Readiness can assist you in preparing your Soldiers and their Families on reducing and managing stress during times of uncertainty. Prerequisite: Completion of MLS 301/311/302/312/401; concurrent registration in MLS 412.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • MLS 412LAB Senior Leadership Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Under cadre supervision, seniors plan, conduct and evaluate training for the underclass leadership labs. Seniors provide instruction, coaching and mentoring to underclass cadets, and conduct command and staff activities needed to run the cadet battalion as well as participate in separate labs to enhance their understanding of Military operations. *Required for MLS 402.

    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Corequisites: MLS 412
  • MLS 480LEC US Military
    Lecture

    Explore the evolution of the United States Army from its origins in the Revolutionary War all the way through current operations in Iraq/ Afghanistan as well as the Global War on Terrorism. We will discuss in depth the effects the growth of our nation had on the development of a Professional Army. Students will gain an appreciation for the history of the U.S. Military through the study of wars, campaigns and battles while also gaining an understanding of the differences between strategic, operational and tactical levels. Further insight into battles will be taught by reflecting on events utilizing the 9-principles of war as a means of battle analysis. We will also explore the effects politics and international policy has on determining military strategies, also touching on the effects that different cultures/ethnic groups have on both past and present military operations. Prerequisite: Completion of the Basic Course or Basic Camp.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • MLS 499LEC Independent Study
    Lecture

    Students study selected military topics under the supervision of a cadre member. Prerequisites: Varies. Permission from the Professor of Military Science required.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Military Leadership (Army ROTC)

Alumni Arena
North Campus
Ph: 716-888-3239
Mrs. Rebecca Sparacino
Enrollment Officer (for program/scholarship information)
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Gross
Professor of Military Science
Published: August 08, 2018 08:10:49 AM