Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

Mr. Michael Meissner, Director

Instructor of Military Science

(704) 406-4427

109 Dover Chapel

In addition to the many opportunities available to an officer in the United States Army, ROTC provides world-class leadership training applicable to corporate, executive, and governmental leadership positions. Gardner-Webb offers Army ROTC in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Freshman, sophomore, and junior military science coursework is offered on the Gardner-Webb campus. Senior level military science coursework, along with periodic training exercises, is offered on the UNC Charlotte campus. There are no additional tuition charges for those participating in the activities on the UNCC campus although students should provide their own transportation.

After successful completion of the first two years of military science coursework (in exceptional cases, only one year may be required), achieving a competitive GPA, and earning mandated physical training scores, Gardner-Webb students may compete for an Army ROTC Scholarship which will cover the recipient’s tuition and fees. In addition, Gardner-Webb will waive room and board charges for recipients of ROTC Scholarships. Other benefits, including monthly stipends and book allotments, also accrue to those attending Gardner-Webb on ROTC Scholarships. Students who receive these scholarships contract with the Army for a specific term of military service as an officer. Any GWU student may take ROTC courses without military obligation even if he/she does not contract with the Army for an ROTC Scholarship. Students who successfully complete the specified junior- and senior-level military science courses may elect to receive a minor in military science.

Students interested in ROTC should contact Mr. Meissner at 704-406-4427 or Gardner-Webb’s Admissions Office at 704-406-4496.


  1. To provide quality instruction and training that emphasizes and strengthens leadership, management and organizational skills.
  2. To provide quality instruction and training that develops and strengthens critical thinking, enhances problem solving skills and fosters teamwork.
  3. To promote and develop good written and oral communication skills.
  4. To instill and foster the army values that support teamwork, loyalty, respect and commitment.

Military Science Minor courses

MSCI 311, MSCI 311L, MSCI 312, MSCI 312L, MSCI 330, MSCI 411, MSCI 411L, MSCI 412 (18 hours)