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  • Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL


In conjunction with the core curriculum, students at ACSC take elective courses. The school provides students the flexibility to choose courses that cover various topics from over 70 electives.

There are two types of language courses available for students at ACSC. One type is a deep-study in certain languages and cultures (French, German, and Spanish). These courses will constitute all of the elective credits, are year-long, and require a certain proficiency. The other option is a language immersion course that is held Mondays and Fridays opposite the student's core course schedule. The language immersion course does not count for credit. Several languages are offered for the immersion courses to include Chinese, Russian, etc. Spouses are allowed to sign up for the language immersion courses with instructor approval.

The Research Task Force Electives are year-long electives conducted with the Air War College. Each Task Force spends the year examining a critical component of the joint fight. The current Task Forces are Airpower C2, Cyber, Deterrence, ISR, Virtual Reality, and Acquisitions. Participation in these electives may require a current TS/SCI clearance. Each of these Task Forces go TDY for professional development, curriculum objectives, and assisting with collecting research for the final projects.

Along with the various electives and research task force options, students can elect to use their elective credits to complete an independent research project. Students would select a faculty member at ACSC or within Air University to mentor them on their project. They would submit a research proposal within the first few weeks of school. Once approved the student works directly with their chosen faculty member to complete the independent study. Depending on the scope of the project, students can use one, two, or three elective periods for their independent study. For every elective course (equaling 2 credits) a student would need to produce a 20-25 page research project.