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What Is Covered in AFROTC Courses?

This table gives you a quick listing of the courses you will take over the next four years.
There are detailed descriptions of each class below the table.

Year

Courses

Credits

Freshman Year

(AS 100)

Fall

AEROSPAC 111 (Foundations of the USAF and LLAB)

AEROSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

Spring:

AEROSPAC 112 (Foundations of the USAF and LLAB)

AEROSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

 

1 credit

1 credit

 

1 credit

1 credit

Sophomore Year

(AS 200)

Fall

AEROSPAC 223 (Evolution of the US Air Force and LLAB)

AEROSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

Spring

AEROSPAC 224 (Evolution of the US Air Force and LLAB)

AEROSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

 

1 credit

1 credit

 

1 credit

1 credit

Junior Year

(AS 300)

Fall

AEROSPAC 335 (Air Force Leadership Studies and LLAB)

AEROSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

Spring

AEROSPAC 336 (Air Force Leadership Studies and LLAB)

AEROSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

 

3 credits

1 credit

 

3 credits

1 credit

Senior Year

(AS 400)

Fall

AEROSPAC 441 (National Security Studies and LLAB)

AREOSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

Spring

AEROSPAC 442 (National Security Studies and LLAB)

AEROSPAC 191 (Physical Training)

 

3 credits

1 credit

 

3 credits

1 credit

5th Year Students

See Operations Flight Commander

 

 

AS 111. The Foundations of the United States Air Force - 1 Credit

This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force opportunities, group leadership problems, and an introduction to communication skills. A mandatory leadership laboratory complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. Includes 1 lecture hour and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

AS 112. The Foundations of the United States Air Force - 1 Credit

This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force opportunities, group leadership problems, and an introduction to communication skills. A mandatory leadership laboratory complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences. Prerequisite: AS 101 or equivalent. Includes 1 lecture hour and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

AS 223. The Evolution of USAF and Space Power - 1 Credit

This course focuses on facilitating the transition from Air Force ROTC cadet to Air Force ROTC candidate. Featured topics include: Air Force heritage, Air Force leaders, general aspects of air and space power, introduction to ethics and values, group leadership problems, and continuing application of communication skills. A mandatory leadership laboratory complements this course by providing cadets with their first opportunity for applied leadership experiences. Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed AS 101 and AS 102 (or equivalent) or obtain approval from AFROTC Commander. Includes 1 lecture hour and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

AS 224. The Evolution of USAF and Space Power - 1 Credit

This course continues its focus on educating and developing Air Force ROTC candidates to become Air Force officers. Featured topics include: Air Force heritage, Air Force leaders, general aspects of air and space power, introduction to ethics and values, group leadership problems, and continuing application of communication skills. A mandatory leadership laboratory complements this course by providing cadets with their first opportunity for applied leadership experiences. Prerequisite: AS 201 (or equivalent) or obtain approval from AFROTC Commander. Includes 1 lecture hour and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

AS 335. Air Force Leadership Studies - 3 Credits

A study of leadership and quality management fundamentals, professional knowledge, leadership ethics, and communicative 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 the leadership and management principles discussed in class. Prerequisite: Must pass AS 202 (or equivalent) with a C or better or permission of the Professor of Aerospace Studies. Includes 3 lecture hours and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

AS 336. AF Leadership & Management - 3 Credits

AS 312 is a continuation of AS 311 on the study of leadership and management fundamentals, professional knowledge, leadership ethics, and communicative 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 the leadership and management principles discussed in class. Prerequisite: Must pass AS 311 (or equivalent) with a C or better or permission of the Professor of Aerospace Studies. Includes 3 lecture hours and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

AS 441. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty - 3 Credits

The course examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest include the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military profession. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to the refinement of communication skills. A mandatory leadership laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of the ROTC program. Enrollment restricted to students pursuing a commission. Prerequisite: AS 312. Includes 3 lecture hours and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

AS 442. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty - 3 Credits.

The course continues the sudy of the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest include the military as a profession, officer-ship, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting the military profession. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to the refinement of communication skills. A mandatory leadership laboratory complements this course by providing advanced leadership experiences, giving students the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of the ROTC program. Enrollment restricted to students pursuing a commission. Prerequisite: AS 411. Includes 3 lecture hours and Leadership lab (2 hours).

 

Leadership Laboratory

In Air Force ROTC, you will not only develop your knowledge and skills as a leader in the classroom, you will also apply them for two hours per week in the Leadership Laboratory. There, you’ll develop your demonstration of command, effective communication, physical fitness and knowledge of military customs and courtesies. Leadership Lab is an excellent environment to improve your verbal communication, planning and organizational skills. You’ll also gain valuable hands-on management experience with your peers and take road trips to Air Force bases. Here are just a few of the Leadership Lab activities: physical fitness assessments, field days, drills and ceremonies, leadership studies, Air Force Officer career days, leadership-building exercises.

Contact

Phone: 413-545-2437

Email: afrotc@umass.edu