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Acquire broad foreign area-related skills to master strategies for global engagement, partnership and expanded mutual security responsibilities.

About Us

The United States National Security Strategy focuses on global engagement, global partnerships and expanded mutual security responsibilities. To support this policy, the Air Force has developed roles and missions aimed at promoting regional stability, rendering humanitarian assistance, encouraging emerging democracies, gathering intelligence and projecting and applying air power when necessary.

Today’s officers from all Air Force career fields and specialties will find themselves globally engaged. The Department of Foreign Languages & International Programs provides future officers with broad-based, foreign area-related skills for worldwide service commitments. These skills are developed through our department’s foreign language courses and International Education Programs.


Many faculty members are engaged in a variety of cultural and linguistic outreach programs across Colorado’s Front Range as well as in a variety of programs and events nationally and internationally.

Our faculty carries a robust teaching load and many are actively engaged in cutting-edge research in their fields. Our faculty hold memberships in various professional organizations including:

  • Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers
  • Southwest Conference on Language Teaching
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Modern Language Association

We also maintain close, professional ties with Foreign Language Departments at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and Colorado College.

Foreign Languages & International Programs Faculty and Staff

Majors & Minors

Foreign Area Studies

Foreign Language

Languages: Arabic | Chinese | Japanese | German | French | Portuguese | Russian | Spanish

Department News News From Around The Department

February 24, 2017

Awards ceremony recognizes revolutionary research of cadets, faculty

By John Van Winkle, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs. Analyzing Nigerian refugee camps to create long-term sustainable solutions, and timely famine response while working in Silicon Valley, was one of three projects earning Cadet 1st Class Saylor Gilbert the top cadet summer research program award, Jan. 26. Gilbert’s work was among cadet and faculty research projects recognized Jan. 26 at the 21st Annual Air Force Academy Research Awards ceremony. Cadets competed for the Thomas. D. Moore Award for outstanding cadet summer research, with four finalists from each academic division of engineering: basic sciences, humanities and social sciences. Gilbert, an...

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Cadet Resources

All cadets are required to take two semesters of a foreign language. Many choose to study more, including some cadets who study more than one language. These resources can help all cadets excel in language programs.

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