MNS 250 - Leadership and Ethics

Course Description

This course is required of all Maritime Academy cadets who are midshipmen in the Merchant Marine Reserve/U.S. Naval Reserve program. It introduces students to western moral traditions and ethical philosophy with a variety of topics, such as military leadership, core values, and professional ethics that will prepare them for their role and responsibilities as a leader in the U.S. Navy of the 21st century. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

MNS 200 or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the 14 Navy/USMC Leadership Traits.
  • Define the role of military leadership, core values, and professional ethics as they pertain to commissioned officers as members of the US Armed Forces.
  • Apply leadership skills to achieve objectives.
  • Synthesize course materials making connections and uncovering patterns.
Human Dimension:
  • View themselves as civilian mariners who hold an obligation to the U.S. in time of need.
  • Recognize the importance of the chain of command and professional relationships.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Reflect on the moral and ethical responsibilities of the military leader.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Develop learning plans based on current events.