Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is designed to "develop leaders of character for the United States Air Force." Students can earn a minor in Aerospace Studies and a commission as Second Lieutenants while pursuing a bachelor's degree. Clemson's program has won numerous local and national awards for excellence. The program includes courses in foundations of the Air Force, air power history, leadership and management, and national security affairs. In addition to courses, students participate in a weekly leadership laboratory. "Lead Lab" provides students a training environment to practice leadership principles in a cadet-led Air Force wing. Throughout the program, cadets hone their communication skills through various leadership positions, briefings, and papers.
The first year of the program, Heritage and Values of the United States Air Force, introduces students to the Air Force and AFROTC. It provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force. The second year, Team and Leadership Fundamentals, focuses on laying the foundation for teams and leadership. It instills a leadership mindset and motivates sophomore students to transition from AFROTC cadets to AFROTC officer candidates.The third year, Leading People and Effective Communication, emphasizes the individual as a manager. Individual motivational and behavioral processes, leadership, communication, and group dynamics are covered to provide a foundation for the development of the Air Force officer's professional skills. The fourth year, National Security Policy, is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. Seniors are also prepared to enter active duty as they transition from student to Air Force Officer. For additional information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies.