2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Military Science

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LTC Stephen E. Sewell III, Department Head
Department of Military Science
DePuy Military Hall 200, Box 2236


Adjunct Professor

Stephen Sewell

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Armando Canales


The Department of Military Science, Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), develops critical skills in management, leadership and analytical decision-making that are valuable to any civilian or military career. Classroom instruction, hands-on training and field training encompass the values and skill sets necessary for success. Opportunities abound for specialized training.

Department Objective

The Department of Military Science has a mission to train students of any major to be leaders in the US Army. SDSU Army ROTC has a long proud tradition of commissioning outstanding officers for the Active Army, the Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.



Training Programs

The Department has three on-campus training programs:

  1. the four year program consisting of the basic course for freshmen and sophomores, followed by the advanced course for juniors and seniors;
  2. a three-year program where the basic course is compressed into the sophomore year followed by the advanced course; and
  3. a two-year program.

The first entry point is where placement credit is allowed for the basic course to qualified veterans and members of the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. A second entry point is available to students who desire to be paid for the equivalent of the basic course by attending the ROTC Basic Course in the summer prior to their junior year.

By enrolling in the basic course or its equivalent substitute, students do not make any commitment to the U.S. Army unless they are scholarship recipients. Tuition is not charged for ROTC courses. ROTC textbooks, uniforms and other essential materials are furnished to the Basic Course student at no cost. Fifty percent tuition credit for Advanced Course Nonscholarship cadets is available. To be eligible for commissioning, cadets must complete a course in Military History and pass water survival training. Contact the Department for requirements.

Army ROTC Scholarships

Qualified students can compete for 4-year, 3-year, and 2-year scholarships that cover full tuition, laboratory and instructional fees, university student fees, transcript, cap and gown, diploma, and selected graduation fees. A flat book rate of $1200 a year plus a monthly subsistence allowance of $300, $350, $450, or $500 a month are provided each semester depending on the year the students classification in Army ROTC – MS I, MS II, MS III or MS IV. Four Year Scholarship competition is conducted by the Department of the Army for university bound high school students. Applications are available from high school counselors, on line at www.armyrotc.com or directly from SDSU Army ROTC by contacting the department.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The Department of Military Science provides students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of training options. The Department offers participation in the Cateau Ranger Club and Drill Team as well as a Ranger Challenge Team. Training for qualified individuals include Airborne, Air Assault, Cadet Troop Leader Training, Nurses Summer Training, Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency and professional Internships for specific majors. The Cateau Ranger Club specializes in small unit tactical training. The Drill Team’s focus is drill and ceremony and performing color guard duties on campus and in the community. The Ranger Challenge Team is an elite group of students that train for competition in marksmanship, orienteering, weapons assembly, a ruck march and physical fitness testing. Training, competition, and performance all sharpens skill sets and prepare the Cadets for the future.

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