The NSCS Board of Trustees approved a new Military Science Minor and a new Bachelor of Arts major in music studies for Chadron State College Friday in Nebraska City.
“This minor will increase awareness for the ROTC program and for the college,” said Franklin Annis, assistant professor of ROTC.
He added that any CSC student may enroll in freshman and sophomore level ROTC classes, including the new courses in American military history and military fitness.
ROTC courses will now count as academic requirements for a minor instead of electives. Cadets participating in ROTC will receive academic awards for their credit hours and will have all uniforms, books, and equipment related to the minor paid for, Annis said.
The junior and senior level classes are only open to students who are contracted with the Army ROTC Program. Classes at these levels are not open to the public or other CSC students because they are “sensitive enough not to present to just any citizen on the street,” Annis said.
“This minor will have a lot of advantages… and will get more participation all around,” Annis said.
He added that sometime next year, the ROTC program will be working towards “an actual major” in military science.
In a justification memorandum written to CSC’s Academic Review Committee, Annis said, “The Military Science Minor would prove to be a useful recruiting tool as not all colleges/universities offer a minor in military science.”
Meanwhile, the trustees also approved a new Bachelor of Arts degree with a subject major in music studies.
“The new degree is for students who don’t want to follow the career path of teaching or performance, some would like to pursue music but not for a profession,” said Una Taylor, assistant professor of music. “The students will do everything a music major student is required to do just on a smaller level.”
For a Bachelor of Arts degree with a comprehensive major in music, a student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the general studies requirements. Students must maintain a cumulative average of 2.50 in all CSC music courses to receive departmental approval for graduation, the music department website states.
“The new Bachelor of Arts degree will just give students that want to pursue music another opportunity,” Taylor said. “Not all students want to go into teaching or music business, this gives them another option.”