A Week in the Life: Air Force Academic Classes

As a member of ROTC, you will enroll in unique classes and take hands-on leadership workshops that will enhance your college experience and give you tools to succeed in your future career. Air Force ROTC academic classes are taught by military faculty and highlighted by distinguished guest speakers. All academic classes are taught at the CU Boulder campus, with the exception of the AS100 classes, which are also offered at the CSM campus. A brief synopsis of each of the academic class that you are required to take throughout your ROTC career is found below:

 

Class:  AFAS 1010

Title:  Foundations of the United States Air Force I

Description:  One 1-hour lecture per week.  This course provides an introduction to the Air Force (AF), hopefully encouraging students to pursue an AF career or at least seek additional information to be better informed about the role of the USAF.  The course allows students to examine general aspects of the Department of the AF, AF Leadership, AF benefits, and opportunities for AF officers.  The course also lays the foundation for becoming an Airman such as AF customs and courtesies, AF dress and appearance, team building, communication skills, AF Core values, and more. 

 

Class:  AFAS 1020

Title:  Foundations of the United States Air Force II

Description:  One 1-hour lecture per week.  A continuation of AFAS 1010.  This course provides a historical perspective such as lessons on war and US military, Air Force (AF) operations, principles of war, and airpower.  As a whole, this course provides students with a knowledge-level understanding for the employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective.  The students will be introduced to the AF way of life and gain knowledge on what it means to be an Airman. 

Class:  AFAS 2010

Title:  The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I

Description:  One 1-hour lecture per week.  This course is designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective and incorporate foundational leadership lessons.  This course picks up where AS100 left off from the historical and continues into WWI through WWII.  It also begins discussing elements of the joint fight with introductions into the sister services. 

 

Class:  AFAS 2020

Title:  The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II

Description:  One 1-hour per week.  A continuation of AFAS 2010.  This course provides the students with some knowledge-level understanding for the employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective.  The students conclude the course with leadership fundamentals where they will be exposed to 10 mini leadership lessons that they can take into their Field Training experience. 

Class:  AFAS 3010

Title:  Air Force Leadership Studies I

Description:  Two 1.5-hour lectures per week.  A course designed to provide a leadership overview.  Basic leadership skills will be given to the cadets as they begin more of a leadership role in the detachment.  There will also be lessons on military relationships and the rules that military members must follow when it comes to interacting with enlisted members and officers.   

 

Class:  AFAS 3020

Title:  Air Force Leadership Studies II

Description:  Two 1.5-hour lectures per week.  A continuation of AFAS 3010.  This course provides advanced skills and ethics training that will prepare them for becoming an officer and a supervisor.  The students will be introduced to a variety of leadership topics that will prepare them to be effective leaders. 

Class:  AFAS 4010

Title:  National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty I

Description:  One 2.5-hour lectures per week.  The AS400 cadet will comprehend the basic elements of national security policy and process.  The student will also comprehend the air and space power operations as well as understand selected roles of the military in society and current domestic and international issues affecting the military profession.

 

Class:  AFAS 4020

Title:  National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty II

Description:  One 2.5-hour lectures per week.  A continuation of AFAS 4010.  The AS400 cadet will comprehend the responsibility, authority, and functions of an Air Force commander and selected provisions of the military justice system. The cadet will apply listening, speaking, and writing skills in Air Force-specific formats and situations with accuracy, clarity, and appropriate style.  The student will also comprehend the factors which facilitate a smooth transition from civilian to military life.