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Members of St. Thomas’ ROTC detachment march during the Tommies Homecoming & Family Weekend Celebration.

Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)

The University of St. Thomas aerospace studies and Air Force ROTC program has been building leaders of character since 1948, ultimately preparing students to commission as Second Lieutenants with the Air Force and enter active duty after graduation.

Why Study Aerospace Studies at St. Thomas?

Our program boasts a first-class training facility and consistently ranks among the highest in the nation. We will develop your leadership, time management and communication skills while challenging you to balance your academic workload with Air Force ROTC requirements. You will be prepared to lead in the Air Force and your community after graduating from St. Thomas.

Preparing You to Lead

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Cadets study a field of their choice while learning leadership skills necessary to be an officer in the Air Force. The four core areas of our curriculum center around aerospace classes, leadership lab, physical training and field training.
    You will complete degree requirements in your major area of choice along with the following classes each year.
    • Freshman year – Heritage and Values
    • Sophomore year – Team and Leadership Fundamentals
    • Junior year – Leading People and Effective Communication
    • Senior year – National Security and Leadership Responsibilities
    Minor in Aerospace Studies

    Course Requirements

    Cadets study a field of their choice while learning leadership skills necessary to be an officer in the Air Force. The four core areas of our curriculum center around aerospace classes, leadership lab, physical training and field training.

    Four-Year Plan

    You will complete degree requirements in your major area of choice along with the following classes each year.
    • Freshman year – Heritage and Values
    • Sophomore year – Team and Leadership Fundamentals
    • Junior year – Leading People and Effective Communication
    • Senior year – National Security and Leadership Responsibilities

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Aerospace Studies
    Air Force ROTC cadets talk in front of a F-16 Fighting Falcon jet.

    Career Paths

    Our graduates apply their knowledge, experiences and leadership skills on a daily basis in their work. Here is what they have been up to lately.

    • Pilot
    • Engineer/Scientist
    • Special Tactics Officer
    • Space Operations Officer
    • Combat Systems Officer

    Scholarships

    High school students and current cadets can earn a scholarship through the Air Force and St. Thomas.

    4 Year Type 1 Scholarship

    The Type 1 Scholarship pays full tuition and fees at any public or private institution with an AFROTC detachment. Recipients receive a monthly living expense stipend and an annual book stipend. St. Thomas will pay room and board for cadets as well.

    4 Year Type 2 Scholarship

    The Type 2 Scholarship pays up to $18,000 per year in tuition and fees at any public or private institution with an AFROTC detachment. St. Thomas will cover the remainder of your tuition and room and board if selected for this scholarship.

    In College Scholarship

    Cadets may compete for an AFROTC scholarship while they are actively enrolled as current students at St. Thomas.

    Quick Facts

    10%
    Detachment 410 ranks in the top 10% of the 145 detachments nationwide.
    75%
    More than 75% of our students were awarded an AFROTC scholarship—that’s more than triple the average rate nationwide.
    2X
    Detachment 410 cadets are selected for optional summer AFROTC programs at twice the national rate.

    Get Involved

    By joining the Detachment 410, you are becoming part of a close-knit community of students and faculty making a difference—something much bigger than all of us.
    AFROTC offers you an opportunity to serve your country and community.
    AFROTC allows you to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
    AFROTC provides a structured path to a career after college.