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Building Camaraderie Around the World

FOREIGN AREA STUDIES

“Language, regional and cultural skills … are critical to mission readiness in today’s dynamic global environment. Our forces must have the ability to effectively communicate with and understand the cultures of coalition forces, international partners, and local populations.” (Secretary of Defense Memo, 10 Aug 2011)

The Foreign Area Studies major is designed to give future officers broad-based, foreign area-related skills for worldwide service commitments. Within this program, cadets delve into an interdisciplinary exploration of one of six geo-cultural regions: Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Slavic countries, while also selecting a disciplinary emphasis from one of four departments—History, Geospatial Science, Military & Strategic Studies or Political Science.

Foreign Area Studies also offers coursework incorporating a comparative framework for understanding cross-cultural dynamics. Cadets can further their understanding of other cultures through the Air Force Academy’s international education programs or a Foreign Language minor.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 14NX – Intelligence Officer
  • 16FX – Regional Affairs Strategist (RAS)
  • 16PX – Political-Military Affairs Strategist (PAS)
  • Exchange Officer
  • Attaché
Outside the Air Force
  • International Affairs

SAMPLE COURSES
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • France in the Twentieth Century
  • Culture and the Military Profession
  • Model Arab League
  • Foreign Language Courses, at all levels
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Additional For Ar Stu

Chem 200

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

For Lang 3

For Lang 4

Law 220

MSS 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Soc Sci 212

Additional For Ar Stu

Additional For Ar Stu

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

For Ar Stu Track Req

For Ar Stu Track Req

For Ar Stu Track Req

For Lang 5

For Lang 6

History 300

Math 300

Philos 310

Academy Opt

Additional For Ar Stu

Astro Engr 310

Biology 315

ECE 315

English 411

For Ar Stu Elective

For Ar Stu Elective

For Ar Stu Track Req

Mgt 400

MSS 415/416

S/T Energy Sys Opt

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

Validation and transfer credit is considered when cadets enter the Academy. Cadets may receive transfer credit for AP courses or courses taken at a previous college or university. Before classes start incoming cadets prioritize the languages they would like to study, as well as take a placement test to determine the appropriate course level. Cadets who score well enough can earn validation and transfer credit for existing language skills.

CONTACT US

Dr. Robert Carriedo
Deputy for International History
robert.carriedo@usafa.edu
(719) 333-8648

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