Contact Info

          Military Science / ROTC Office
          G-3 Hendricks Hall
          235 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Email: rotc@edinboro.edu 
          Phone: (814) 732-2562

          Major Ben Kavanagh
          Professor of Military Science
          Phone: (814) 732-1611

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          Courses



          The ROTC Program at Edinboro University offers courses in Military Science that will help you master your leadership, ethics and personal skills while achieving your academic goals.

          ROTC members working together

          Army ROTC Basic Course

          Two years that will prepare you for years to come.

          The Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It normally involves one elective class and lab each semester along with the requisite physical training and field training exercises. You will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership as you start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

          Freshman Year: Preparing for Success as an Army Officer

          Topics covered include:

          • Introduction to Army Leadership
          • Army Customs and Traditions
          • Military Operations and Tactics
          • Goal Setting and Accomplishment
          • Health and Physical Fitness

          Military Science 101 (Fall Semester Only)

          This course increases students’ self-confidence through team study and activities in basic drill, physical fitness, rappelling, first aid training, oral presentations and basic marksmanship. It teaches fundamental concepts of leadership in both classroom and outdoor laboratory environments. Both a leadership lab and physical fitness sessions are available and an optional weekend exercise offers invaluable experience to volunteer participants.

          Military Science 102 (Spring Semester Only)

          This course teaches principles of effective leadership. Students develop greater self-confidence by participating in physically and mentally challenging exercises with upper division ROTC students. The course helps students develop communication skills to improve performance and it relates organizational ethical values to leadership effectiveness. Both leadership lab and physical fitness sessions are available, and an optional weekend exercise offers invaluable experience to volunteer participants.

          Sophomore Year: The Role of an Officer

          Topics covered include:

          • Applied Leadership Theory
          • Communications
          • Principles of War
          • Military Operations and Tactics

          Military Science 201 (Fall Semester Only)

          This course presents ethic-based leadership skills that develop students’ individual abilities and contribute to building effective teams. Students develop skills in oral and written presentation, in planning events and coordinating group efforts, in advanced first aid, and in land navigation and basic military tactics. The course includes the fundamentals of ROTC’s Leadership Assessment Program. Both leadership lab and physical fitness sessions are available, and an optional weekend exercise offers invaluable experience to volunteer participants.

          Military Science 202 (Spring Semester Only)

          This course introduces individual and team aspects of military tactics in small unit operations. It includes the use of radio communications, safety assessments, movement techniques, team safety/security precautions and methods of pre-execution checks. Students do practical exercises with upper division ROTC students and learn techniques for training others as an aspect of continued leadership development. Students must also participate in leadership lab, physical fitness sessions and a weekend exercise.

          Prerequisite: Military Science 101,102, 201, 202, Basic Training or Leaders Training Course (LTC)

          Army ROTC Advanced Course

          Graduate college with a degree in leadership.

          The Advanced Course takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It normally includes one elective class and lab each semester in addition to the requisite physical training and field training exercises, plus a summer leadership camp. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. To benefit from the leadership training in the Advanced Course, all Cadets must have completed either the Basic Course or have attended the Leader’s Training Course. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

          Junior Year: Leading Small Tactical Units

          Topics covered include:

          • Command and Staff Functions
          • Law of War
          • Weapons
          • Team Dynamics and Peer Leadership
          • Military Operations and Tactics

          Military Science 301 (Fall Semester Only)

          This course offers students a series of practical opportunities to lead small groups, receive assessments and lead in situations of increasing complexity. Students use small unit defensive tactics and opportunities to plan and conduct training for lower division students. The course requires students to participate in leadership lab and three weekly one-hour physical fitness sessions, as well as one weekend exercise. Additional weekend exercises are optional. 

          Military Science 302 (Spring Semester Only)

          This course continues Military Science 301 by providing task analysis, written and oral guidance for team members to accomplish tasks and instruction in delegating and supervising. It includes planning for and adapting to the unexpected, examining and applying lessons from leadership case studies, and examining the importance of ethical decision making in enhancing team performance. The course also requires students to participate in leadership lab and three weekly one-hour physical fitness sessions, as well as one weekend exercise. Additional weekend exercises are optional.

          Senior Year: Transition to Becoming an Officer

          Topics covered include:

          • Training the Force
          • Military Justice
          • Ethical Decision Making
          • Personnel Management
          • Cultural Awareness
          • Post and Installation Support
          • Military Operations and Tactics

          Military Science 401 (Fall Semester Only)

          In this course, students plan, conduct, and evaluate activities of the ROTC cadet organization. They learn to articulate goals and enact plans to attain them, assess organization cohesion, and develop strategies to improve it. The course also requires students to participate in leadership lab and three weekly one-hour physical fitness sessions, as well as one weekend exercise. Additional weekend exercises are optional.

          Military Science 402 (Spring Semester Only)

          This course continues Military Science 401. It requires students to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, to refine counseling and motivation techniques, and to examine aspects of tradition and law as they relate to leading as an officer in the United States Army. The course prepares students to be successful Army lieutenants. It also requires students to participate in leadership lab and three weekly one-hour physical fitness sessions, as well as one weekend exercise. Additional weekend exercises are optional.