ROTC is a four year program that consist of 16 academic credits centered around leadership, management, history, current events, and Air and Space Force operations.
Active Duty Department of the AF (DAF) Airmen/Guardians teach all of the Aerospace Studies (AS) courses. This fact gives cadets direct access to highly trained military professionals with years of experience in diverse career fields. In addition to the standard AS courses, communication studies are included in almost every aspect of ROTC training. Communication studies ensures ROTC graduates develop effective thinking, writing, and speaking skills. All ROTC courses supplement the student cadet's chosen bachelor degree program.
1st Year - Aerospace Studies 100
Fall - DAF Heritage and Values I (AS 111)
Spring - DAF Heritage and Values II (AS 112)
AS 100, "DAF Heritage and Values," is a survey course designed to introduce students to the U.S. Department of the Air Force and provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air and Space Force.
Professors go to a great length to keep the classroom setting from turning into a lecture in AS100. First year students participate in group discussions, watch video clips, play games, and engage in group projects. This class format not only enhances the understanding of the material and keeps the classroom energetic, but also helps to build relationships among the students, enhancing their overall ROTC experience.
2nd Year * - Aerospace Studies 200
Fall - Team and Leadership Fundamentals I (AS 221)
Spring - Team and Leadership Fundamentals II (AS 222)
AS 200, "Team and Leadership Fundamentals," focuses on laying the foundation for teams and leadership. The topics include skills that will allow cadets to improve and explore their leadership style on a personal level and within a team. The AS200 course will prepare cadets for their field training (FT) experience where they can apply the lessons learned. The purpose of AS200 is to instill a leadership mindset and to motivate sophomore students to transition from ROTC cadet to ROTC officer candidate.
* Note: This course may be taken at the same time as an AS 100 course.
3rd Year - Aerospace Studies 300
Fall - Leading People and Effective Communication I (AS 333)
Spring - Leading People and Effective Communication II (AS 334)
AS 300, "Leading People and Effective Communication," utilizes student's summer FT experience to take a more in-depth look at leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing communication skills, and why that is important as a leader. Students have an opportunity to apply these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors.
4th Year - Aerospace Studies 400
Fall - National Security Affairs & Preparation for Active Duty I (AS 443)
Spring - National Security Affairs & Preparation for Active Duty II (AS 444)
AS400, "National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty," is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers, and how they are directly tied to our National Security. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. The final semester provides information that will prepare the cadets for Active Duty.