The Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies is composed of a diverse collection of academic programs, faculty members, and outreach services that educate students in their chosen disciplines and prepare them for entry into graduate study and careers in the kinesiology professions.
Our academic programs provide students with contemporary, rigorous, nationally recognized curricula and capstone internships to effectively serve increasingly diverse populations and communities. Our faculty members embrace their roles as teachers, scholars, and mentors by engaging students in a wide variety of community outreach activities, collaborative and mentored research projects, and theory-to-practice experiential learning opportunities. In support of programs and faculty, our community-based outreach services provide meaningful hands-on experiences for students and faculty to meet local and regional needs.
Recognizing the centrality of physical activity, and leisure services to quality of life in our institution, region and society, we best advance these professions by preparing future leaders with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to provide and manage kinesiology-based services and programs that enrich communities.
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a coeducational program dedicated to developing college-educated men and women to serve in challenging positions of leadership, responsibility, and varied managerial positions both as officers in the U.S. Army and civilians in corporate America. Army ROTC requires from two to four years to complete, depending on student qualifications. This time is normally divided into a two-year basic program, comprising freshman and sophomore students and a two-year contractual advanced program for juniors and seniors.
Students with prior military service, JROTC, or National Guard/Reserve service may qualify for direct placement in the advanced program. At the beginning of the junior year, students with two years remaining before graduation may also qualify for the advanced program by attending Leadership Training Course (LTC), a four-week course offered during the summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. All students participate in a regular program of physical fitness and field training.
Mission and Objectives of ROTC
The primary objective of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Coastal Carolina University is to recruit, train, and retain students in order to commission quality officers for all components of America’s Army. The ROTC incorporates classroom and practical training in leadership, organization, planning, decision-making, and military skills. Intermediate objectives are to provide cadets with an understanding of the fundamentals of responsibility, integrity, and self-discipline, as well as an appreciation of the citizen’s role in national defense. The application of the decision-making process to a variety of situations is given major emphasis as a valuable aid in developing leadership potential. Army ROTC provides individuals with skills, experiences, and opportunities to develop their leadership skills. During classes and field training, cadets will learn first-hand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and how to conduct missions as an officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, cadets will earn the bar of a second lieutenant and be a commissioned officer.
ROTC objectives are achieved through a “program” normally covering four years. ROTC is not a degree-granting program, but a collection and sequence of eight courses that students choose to complete in addition to their chosen academic major. A two-year program is available for those who qualify. Students may use ROTC courses to satisfy available “electives” in their major. The program includes specific courses in military science, more general academic subjects that assure a well-rounded education, practical training in leadership through participation in the Corps of Cadets (including attendance at one four-week summer camp at an Army installation), and the opportunity to participate in a number of extracurricular activities. The typical student completes one basic ROTC course per semester during the freshman and sophomore year (100-200 level). At the start of their junior year, students have the option to pursue a commitment or a commission in the US Army. At this time, cadets would sign a contract with the U.S. Army. Students making this commitment would pursue the ROTC advanced courses (300-400 level).
ROTC Curriculum (26 Credits Required)
ROTC Basic Courses (10 Credits)
The basic courses take place during the first two years in college as elective courses. These normally involve one elective class or lab each semester.
ROTC Advanced Courses (16 Credits)
The advanced courses take place during the last two years in college as elective courses. They normally include one elective class or lab each semester, plus a summer leadership camp. As a prerequisite, all cadets must have completed either the basic courses or have attended the Leadership Training Course (LTC). Entering the advanced courses requires a commitment to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army after graduation.
ROTC Scholarship Program
The Army ROTC scholarship program awards four-, three-, and two-year scholarships to eligible students on a competitive basis. Applications for three-year and two-year ROTC scholarships are accepted year-round. Students do not have to be enrolled in ROTC to apply for three-year and two-year scholarships. The scholarship amount is applied to the cost of tuition. An additional amount of $1,200 is awarded for books and supplies. The students also receive a tiered allowance of $300, $350, $450, or $500 per month for up to 10 months of each school year depending on their academic status, i.e., freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. All students receive $700 while attending the five-week Leader Development and Assessment course at Fort Lewis, Washington, after their junior year.