Air Force ROTC cadets are required to take 16 credits of Air Force subjects to prepare them as officers. The 16 credits are taught by Det 490's staff of Air Force officers and are in addition to the school's requirement for the student's selected bachelor degree. The classes are listed below.
1st Year - Aerospace Studies 100
Fall-Foundation of the US Air Force I (AS 111)
Spring - Foundation of the US Air Force II (AS 112)
Due to the changing nature of the Air Force and inputs from many AFROTC detachments, the AS100 curriculum has gone through several changes. The most obvious change is that we have introduced an overall strategy to the entire course. With the understanding that a very small portion of the audience is on an AFROTC scholarship and that many are curious, sitting on the fence, or wondering if this is worth the long-term commitment, we have crafted the curriculum to educate students on what the Air Force is, what the Air Force can offer, and what traits we will begin cultivating in them so that they may be effective leaders inside or outside the Air Force.
Great effort has been made to keep the classroom setting from turning into a lecture. Discussion questions, video clips, games, and group projects have been included and though they take a few more minutes to prepare for, the educational dividends will more than reward your effort. Most lessons build on what is found in the student reader; familiarize yourself with what they're responsible for to help add to your lesson. Additionally, effort has been made to write in opportunities where students can work together as small teams in the hope that it will not only enhance the understanding of the lesson and keep the classroom energetic, but also help build relationships among the students that will enhance their overall AFROTC experience.
2nd Year* - Aerospace Studies 200
Fall - The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I (AS 221)
Spring - The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II (AS 222)
A course designed to examine general aspects of air power from a historical perspective. The course covers the period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age systems of the Global War on Terror. Historical examples are provided to show the development of Air Force core functions to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension, e.g., principles of war and tenets of air power. As a whole, this course provides the students with a knowledge-level understanding for the general employment of air power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective. In addition, what the students learned about the Air Force Core Values in AS100 will be reinforced through the use of operational examples, and they will complete several writing and briefing assignments to meet Air Force communication skills requirements.
*Note: This course may be taken at the same time as an AS 100 course.
3rd Year - Aerospace Studies 300
Fall - Air Force Leadership Studies I (AS 333)
Spring - Air Force Leadership Studies II (AS 334)
AS 300 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication skills required of an Air Force junior officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences in officer-type activities, giving students the opportunity to apply leadership and management principles of this course.
4th Year - Aerospace Studies 400
Fall - National Security Affairs I (AS 443)
Spring - Preparation for Active Duty II (AS 444)
AS 400 examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officer ship, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills.