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Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC Minor

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Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes.

AFROTC consists of four years of aerospace studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty) and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness and practice military customs and courtesies).

College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as “cadets”) who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force. The AFROTC program is currently offered at Oregon State University, but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants.

For more information on the AFROTC program, please review flyingbeavs.com.


The ROTC selects and prepares young men and women, through a program of instruction coordinated with the students’ normal academic curriculum, for commissioning and service as officers in the regular and reserve components of the Air Force.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Develop leadership skills.
  2. Develop character values consistent with commissioning as an officer in the Air Force.
  3. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning as an attribute of a strong leader.

Core Courses

At least 18 of the 29 hours required in the minor must include the following Aerospace Studies courses.

  • AS 311, 312, 313* Air Force Leadership and Management (9)
  • AS 411, 412, 413* National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society (9)

Credits: 4

  • Any Writing course offered at WOU higher than WR 122  

Total Credits: 30


* Courses offered through Oregon State University.

For information on Air Force ROTC, contact Oregon State University, Air Force ROTC, 308 McAlexander Field House, Corvallis OR 97331, 541-737-3291.

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