Aerospace Studies Classes

Most of Detachment 730 ROTC classes are held on the University of Pittsburgh Campus but these classes are open to students associated with all our cross town schools as well.


Aerospace studies 100 Course (Freshmen Class, 1 Credit Hour)

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 Air Force, AF Leadership, Air Force 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. As a foundational course, AS100 also provides a historical perspective such as lessons on war and US military, AF operations, principles of war, and airpower (see the complete lesson list below). 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 Air Force way of life and gain knowledge on what it means to be an Airman. A succinct perspective of the AS100 course objective is to sell the AF as a career and lay a strong foundation built on AF Core Values and AF perspectives.

Aerospace studies 200 Course (Sophomore Class, 1 Credit Hour )

This course is designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age systems of air power today. Historical examples are provided to show the development of Air Force distinctive capabilities (previously referred to as core competencies), and missions (operations) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension, e.g., principles of war and tenets of air and space power. As a whole, this course provides the 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 Air Force Core Values through the use of operational examples, and they will conduct several writing and briefing assignments to meet Air Force communication skills requirements.

Aerospace studies 300 Course (Junior Class, 3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, Air Force personnel and evaluation systems, leadership ethics, and communication 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 leadership and management principles of this course.

Aerospace studies 400 Course (Senior Class, 3 Credit Hours)

AS 400 examines the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officer ship, military justice, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism. Within this structure, continued emphasis is given to refining communication skills.