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Aerospace Studies Minor

Aerospace Studies
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 37 to 41
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a college-level educational program that gives students the opportunity to become Air Force officers while completing their degrees. Any student may enroll in aerospace studies courses. AFROTC offers post-collegiate opportunities in more than 100 career specialties. Air Force officers are challenged with organizational responsibilities and experiences not often available to new college graduates. This program is for students who want to challenge themselves as Air Force leaaders and managers while serving their country in a professional, high-tech environment. Active-duty Air Force officers provide a curriculum that gives students insight into the mission, organization, and operation of the U.S. Air Force. Students study Air Force history, leadership, management, professionalism, and U.S. foreign policy and its relationship to defense policy. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis. High school seniors and college students can compete for four-, three-, and two-year scholarships that cover tuition, fees, and book expenses. Participants may qualify to receive a tax-free allowance for each month in school. The aerospace studies minor provides preparation in areas studied by most officers early in their service careers. The minor increases future officers' performance potential in two areas in which all officers must eventually develop competence: communication skills and international affairs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Lower Division (11 - 14 cr)
ROTC Lead Lab
Air 1000, must be taken while enrolled in ROTC. May be taken one to four times. 1 credit each completion.
Take 1 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· AIR 1000 - AFROTC GMC Lead Lab (1.0 cr)
ROTC Core
AIR 1101 - Foundations of the U.S. Air Force (1.0 cr)
AIR 1102 - Foundations of the U.S. Air Force (1.0 cr)
AIR 2101 - The Evolution of the U.S. Air Force Air and Space Power (1.0 cr)
AIR 2102 - The Evolution of the U.S. Air Force Air and Space Power (1.0 cr)
Communication
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking [LE CAT3, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1222 - Interpersonal Communication [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
Math
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MATH 1xxx
· MATH 2xxx
Upper Division (23 cr)
AIR 3001 must be taken 4 times, 2 credits each time.
AIR 3001 - AFROTC POC Lead Lab (2.0 cr)
AIR 3101 - Air Force Leadership Studies (3.0 cr)
AIR 3102 - Air Force Leadership Studies (3.0 cr)
AIR 4101 - National Security Affairs, Preparation for Active Duty (3.0 cr)
AIR 4102 - National Security Affairs, Preparation for Active Duty (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing
WRIT 31xx (3.0 cr)
Electives (3 - 4 cr)
The history and political science courses must be approved by department head.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· AIR 1591 - Leadership Practicum (1.0-4.0 cr)
· AIR 3591 - Leadership Practicum (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GEOG 4393 - Political Geography (3.0 cr)
· POL 3xxx
· HIST 2xxx
or HIST 3xxx
 
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AIR 1000 - AFROTC GMC Lead Lab
Credits: 1.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical environment giving leadership training while being instructed on military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. This class MUST be taken concurrently with AFROTC 1xxx and 2xxx level academic classes
AIR 1101 - Foundations of the U.S. Air Force
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Two-part survey of U.S. Air Force as public-service organization. Role of military in U.S. society; military history; officership; professionalism; core values; career opportunities; customs/courtesies; communication skills. Leadership Laboratory (Air 0100) is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing followership experiences.
AIR 1102 - Foundations of the U.S. Air Force
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Two-part survey of U.S. Air Force as public-service organization. Role of military in U.S. society; military history; officership; professionalism; core values; career opportunities; customs/courtesies; communication skills. Leadership Laboratory (Air 0100) is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing followership experiences.
AIR 2101 - The Evolution of the U.S. Air Force Air and Space Power
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Air Force heritage; development/deployment of air power, a primary element of U.S. national security; leadership and quality principles; ethics and values. Leadership development based on student participation in group problem solving. Oral/written communication development. Leadership Laboratory (Air 0100) is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing followership experiences.
AIR 2102 - The Evolution of the U.S. Air Force Air and Space Power
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Air Force heritage; development/deployment of air power, a primary element of U.S. national security; leadership and quality principles; ethics and values. Leadership development based on student participation in group problem solving. Oral/written communication development. Leadership Laboratory (Air 0100) is mandatory for AFROTC cadets and complements this course by providing fellowship experiences.
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking (LE CAT3, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01378 - Comm 1112/1511
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of the theoretical bases of rhetoric to the public speaking situation.
COMM 1222 - Interpersonal Communication (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of the role communication plays in interpersonal relationships.
AIR 3001 - AFROTC POC Lead Lab
Credits: 2.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical environment giving leadership training through teaching freshmen and sophomores military customs and courtesies, physical fitness, military drill and the general Air Force environment. MUST be taken concurrently with AFROTC 3xxx and 4xxx level academic classes
AIR 3101 - Air Force Leadership Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comprehensive study of leadership/quality management fundamentals, professional knowledge, organizational doctrine and ethics, and communication skills required of today's Air Force officer. Leadership/management case studies. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory (Air 3000) provides advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.
AIR 3102 - Air Force Leadership Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comprehensive study of leadership/quality management fundamentals, professional knowledge, organizational doctrine and ethics, and communication skills required of today's Air Force officer. Leadership/management case studies. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory (Air 3000) provides advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course.
AIR 4101 - National Security Affairs, Preparation for Active Duty
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced leadership development; national security processes, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, doctrine, the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory (Air 3000) provides advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course. prereq: No grad credit
AIR 4102 - National Security Affairs, Preparation for Active Duty
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced leadership development; national security processes, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, doctrine, the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military. A mandatory Leadership Laboratory (Air 3000) provides advanced leadership experiences and the opportunity to apply the leadership and management principles of this course. prereq: No grad credit
AIR 1591 - Leadership Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Leadership techniques and their practical application in structured problems and realistic situations; Air Force customs and courtesies.
AIR 3591 - Leadership Practicum
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical application of leadership and management in structured realistic situations.
GEOG 4393 - Political Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the geography of social power from international geopolitics, to protest politics in public space, to theories of hetero-normativity and patriarchy. The central focus of this course is the spatial organization of politics, i.e., how people organize themselves into groups, and how those groups police themselves and vie with each other in various places and at multiple scales. prereq: Minimum 60 credits including or instructor consent