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    Virginia Military Institute
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue

Courses of Instruction


Course Numbering System. Each subject is identified by a symbol made up of two parts. The first part is an abbreviation denoting the general field of study. The second part is a number denoting the particular subject. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is usually taken and, therefore, the level of instruction.

Credit. The unit of academic credit used at the Virginia Military Institute is the semester hour. In general a semester hour represents one hour of classroom work (lecture or recitation) or one period (two or three hours) of laboratory or supervised research or field work per week during a single semester. Thus a course that meets for three class hours and one laboratory period each week during one semester usually carries credit for four semester hours.

In the following course descriptions the figures on the title lines indicate, in order, the class hours per week, the laboratory or field work hours per week, and the semester hours credit. For example, the figures “3—2—4” mean that the class meets three times a week for one-hour classroom sessions and has two hours of laboratory, supervised research, or field work each week, and that the course carries four semester hours of credit.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Department of International Studies and Political Science
Department Head: Colonel Hentz

Requirements for a degree in international studies and political science are specified in International Studies and Political Science .

   •  IS 427 - Transatlantic Security 1941-2015
   •  IS 430W - Democracy and Elections
   •  IS 431W - Riots, Protests, Social Movements
   •  IS 432W - Political and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
   •  IS 433 - South Asian Politics & International Relations
   •  IS 434WX - Authoritarianism
   •  IS 435WX - Comparative Political Economy
   •  IS 436 - War and Peace in Africa
   •  IS 437 - 20th Century Revolutions and Revolutionaries
   •  IS 438WX - Ethnic Conflict and Politics
   •  IS 440 - American Political Thought
   •  IS 441 - Conservative Political Thought
   •  IS 442 - Law, Morality, and Power
   •  IS 443 - The Morality of War
   •  IS 460W - Research Design for Political Science
   •  IS 470 - Advanced Special Seminar
   •  IS 479 - Advanced Special Seminar
   •  IS 490 - Independent Study
   •  IS 491 - Reading for IS Honors
   •  IS 492 - Writing for IS Honors
   •  IS 493 - International Studies Senior Thesis

LEADERSHIP STUDIES AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Department of Psychology 
Department Head: Colonel Gire

   •  LS 350 - Leadership and Career Development I
   •  LS 351 - Leadership and Career Development II
   •  LS 450 - Leadership and Career Development III
   •  LS 451 - Leadership and Career Development IV

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department Head: Colonel Hardin

Requirements for a major in mechanical engineering are specified in Mechanical Engineering .

   •  ME 105 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
   •  ME 109 - CAD Applications and Solid Modeling
   •  ME 110 - Materials
   •  ME 201 - Statics
   •  ME 203 - Programming Tools for Mechanical Engineers
   •  ME 206 - Solid Mechanics
   •  ME 243 - ME Design Competition Participation
   •  ME 244 - ME Design Competition Participation
   •  ME 255 - Summer Research
   •  ME 256 - Summer Research
   •  ME 302 - Dynamics
   •  ME 311 - Thermodynamics I
   •  ME 313 - Thermodynamics II
   •  ME 314 - Fluid Mechanics
   •  ME 321 - Dynamics of Machinery
   •  ME 322 - Mechanical Analysis and Design
   •  ME 325 - Instrumentation Laboratory
   •  ME 336 - Heat and Mass Transfer
   •  ME 342 - Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems
   •  ME 343 - ME Design Competition Participation
   •  ME 344 - ME Design Competition Participation
   •  ME 350X - History of Technology
   •  ME 355 - Summer Research
   •  ME 356 - Summer Research
   •  ME 413 - Aircraft Propulsion Systems
   •  ME 414 - Turbomachinery
   •  ME 415 - Flight Mechanics
   •  ME 416 - Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
   •  ME 417 - Aircraft Structural Analysis
   •  ME 418 - Thermal Environment Engineering
   •  ME 419 - Thermal-Fluid Systems Design
   •  ME 420 - Flight Mechanics II
   •  ME 425 - Mechanical Design
   •  ME 427 - Introduction to Automated Manufacturing Systems
   •  ME 431 - Power Plant Design
   •  ME 443 - ME Design Competition
   •  ME 444W - Mechanical Engineering Design
   •  ME 455 - Summer Research
   •  ME 456 - Summer Research
   •  ME 457 - Seminar
   •  ME 458 - Seminar
   •  ME 461 - Independent Research
   •  ME 462 - Independent Research
   •  ME 480 - Internal Combustion Engine
   •  ME 481 - Computational Modeling and Virtual Design
   •  ME 484 - Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials
   •  ME 485 - Advanced Mechanical Design
   •  ME 486 - Topics in Mechanical Engineering
   •  ME 490 - Topics in Mechanical Engineering

MODERN LANGUAGES INTERNSHIP (FOR ALL LANGUAGES)

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department Head: Colonel Sunnen

All cadets who enter with two or more entrance units in a modern foreign language are given placement tests and are placed in appropriate courses on the basis of the test results combined with their previous high school language coursework, and after consultation with the department head of modern languages.

A single year of a foreign language shall count toward meeting graduation requirements only when the cadet is studying a second language or is taking a language as an elective.

Cadets must demonstrate proficiency in ML 101 in order to be admitted into ML 102. They must, similarly, demonstrate proficiency in ML 102 before enrolling in ML 201, and in ML 201 before enrolling in ML 202/204. Proficiency in ML 202/204 is a prerequisite for admission to 300-level courses. Completion of two 300-level courses or their equivalent is expected before enrollment in any 400 -level course. Once a cadet has completed work at the 202/204 level, he/she may not return to the elementary level course for credit.

Cadets who present four years of a high school language or demonstrate native or near-native language abilities may not enroll at the elementary level of that language. Such students will have the choice of enrolling either in the first semester intermediate level of that language or in the first semester elementary course of a different language.

   •  ML 311 - Modern Language and Culture Internship
   •  ML 355 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 356 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 455 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 456 - Summer Research in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 498 - Reading for the Honors Thesis in Modern Languages and Cultures
   •  ML 499 - Writing Course for the Honors Thesis in Modern Languages and Cultures

MILITARY SCIENCE

Department of Military Science
Department Head: Colonel Hester

Curriculum is delivered in accordance with applicable service regulation and instruction.

   •  MS 109 - Introduction to the Army & Critical Thinking
   •  MS 110 - Introduction to the Profession of Arms
   •  MS 209 - Innovative Team Leadership
   •  MS 210 - Army Doctrine and Team Development
   •  MS 309 - Adaptive Team Leadership
   •  MS 310 - Applied Team Leadership
   •  MS 319 - Lab for MS 309
   •  MS 320 - Lab for MS 310
   •  MS 409 - Mission Command and the Army Profession
   •  MS 410 - Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer
   •  MS 419 - Advanced MS Lab for MS 409
   •  MS 420 - Advanced MS Lab for MS 410
   •  MS 429 - Adaptive Team Leadership
   •  MS 430 - Applied Team Leadership
   •  MS 439 - Lab for MS 429
   •  MS 440 - Lab for MS 430

NAVAL SCIENCE

Department of Naval Science
Department Head: Colonel Coggins

Curriculum is delivered in accordance with applicable service regulation and instruction. All Navy option scholarship candidates must complete a full year of calculus, calculus-based physics, English, and American military history/national security policy courses. Additionally, all Navy option candidates are required to take a course which covers the culture of another country or group of people. All Marine option scholarship candidates must complete an American military history/national security policy course. Substitutions, exceptions, and waivers of these requirements can be authorized only by the Professor of Naval Science.

   •  NS 101 - Introduction to Naval Science
   •  NS 102 - Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
   •  NS 203 - Leadership and Management
 

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