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Remembering the Past to Better the Future

HISTORY

An understanding of history is a critical component to the training of capable, educated officers. They develop knowledge and perspective, both of which are important to the education of the professional Air Force officer. Studying history requires critical thinking, analysis, writing, and oral presentations—all essential skills for any Air Force officer. In addition, the study of foreign cultures, the evolution of technology, and military heritage can directly relate to many duty situations. History also provides a natural forum to discuss great leaders, past and present. These insights are invaluable to any future Air Force officer.

Cadets have five focus areas to choose from, including:

  • History
  • American History
  • Military History
  • International History (single region)
  • International History (multiple regions)

For information on the History major, see the Curriculum Handbook.

Cadets must apply for these respective designations through the Department of History before the registration deadline in the fall semester of their first-class year.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS

When you major in History at the Air Force Academy, you prepare yourself to join a long line of leaders that reach far into the past. Our majors serve as pilots, navigators, missile officers, intelligence officers, maintenance officers, personnel officers, communication officers, and in many other fields. Some receive advanced degrees in History and return to the Academy as faculty members. General Ronald Fogelman was the first United States Air Force Academy graduate to serve as CSAF and was both a History major and a DFH faculty member.

Majoring in History also prepares you for life beyond the Air Force. History was the course of study of both Carly Fiorina, former CEO of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation and Lee Iacocca former CEO of Chrysler Corp.; Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and George W. Bush earned History degrees; and Woodrow Wilson is the only US President to have earned a doctoral degree which was in History. Many other leaders in every sector of industry and public life rely on their critical thinking skills developed from the in-depth study of history to help them make crucial decisions that influence multitudes of people.

 

SAMPLE COURSES
  • History of Technology and Warfare
  • History of U.S. Foreign Relations
  • Foundations of Modern America
  • Modern Middle Eastern History

 

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

Chem 200

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

Geo 310

History 230

History 300

Law 220

MSS 200

Philos 310

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Aero Engr 315

Aerospace History Opt

Area History Opt

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

ECE 315

English 411

History 351

History 352

History Opt

History Opt

Math 300

Academy Opt

Astro Engr 310

History Capstone

History Opt

History Opt

History Opt

Mgt 400

MSS 415/416

Open Academic Opt

Soc Sci 412

 

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

Situation dependent; see DFH/AIC with specific information of the course you wish to transfer. Cadets making inquiry should bring a transcript and course syllabus for the course they took and are seeking to be transferred.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAVEL

Cadets majoring in History may apply to take summer and/or spring break tours of foreign countries. Some trips focus on a military theme such as tours of battlefields and other historical sites, while some emphasize the cultural and political history of foreign countries. Our cadets have recently traveled to France, Belgium, England and India.   There are additional tours within the US to historical sites, conferences, museums, military reunions and battlefields. Cadets also have opportunities to design their own trip in conjunction with their faculty member/sponsor.

 

RESOURCES

Harmon Memorial Lectures

 

Contact Us

Capt Steven Czak
Cadet Advisor-in-Charge
steven.czak@usafa.edu
(719) 333-2292

Lt Col John Roche
DFH Faculty Personnel Officer
john.roche@usafa.edu
(719) 333-3586

LTC Courtney Short
DFH Deputy Dept. Head
courtney.short@usafa.edu
(719) 333-8529

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