Information for May 2024 Diploma Pickup for Undergraduate Students


Students may earn a commission in the United States Air Force by completing requirements of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program as part of their studies at the university.

The AFROTC program is available to Wesleyan University students at Yale University’s main campus in New Haven. Through the AFROTC program Wesleyan University students, without paying extra tuition, can pursue a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. Students can begin the program as late as the Fall semester of their Sophomore year.  

Students enroll in a four-year or three-year (if joining in their sophomore year) AFROTC sequence. Students commute to New Haven for AFROTC-specific classes and events. The freshmen and sophomore courses carry no military obligation and are open to all students. Scholarships are also available for qualified students. These scholarships pay up to full tuition and fees, as well as money for books and a monthly tax-free stipend.

Qualified students should contact the AFROTC office at (203) 432-9431 or visit the AFROTC website for more information about available classes, including the meeting schedule.


Leadership Laboratory:
All AFROTC cadets take leadership lab, learning and practicing command and staff leadership experiences in cadet corps, Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, career opportunities, and the life and work of the junior officer. Student leadership potential is developed in a practical, supervised laboratory. 1.75 hrs/week.

Physical Training: 
All AFROTC cadets are required to keep up with their physical fitness. More information will be provided upon entrance into the program. 2 hrs/week.

First Year:  Heritage and Values, AS101/102:
This course is an interactive lecture, introducing students to the Air Force, it allows students to examine general aspects of the Department of the Air Force, AF Leadership, Air Force benefits, and opportunities for AF officers. Emphasis is on learning the Air Force Core Values and communication skills. 1 hr per wk

Sophomore Year:  Team and Leadership Fundamentals, AS201/202:
This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of both leadership and team building. Students learn that leadership has many layers, including aspects that don’t always jump to mind such as listening, understanding themselves, being a good follower and efficient problem solving. The students will apply these leadership perspectives during team building activities and discussing conflict management.  Students should demonstrate basic verbal and written communication skills. 1 hr per wk.

Junior Year:  Leading People and Effective Communication, AS301/302
This course designed to build on the leadership fundamentals taught in AS200, it provides a more in-depth understanding of how to effectively lead people. Students will also hone their writing and briefing skills.  The course also includes advanced skills and ethics training to prepare students for becoming an officer and a supervisor. 3 hrs/week.

Senior Year:  National Security Leadership Responsibilities and Commissioning Preparation
This course covers the basic elements of national security policy and the policy process.  It exposes students to air and space power operations and provides an understanding of the role of the military in society and touches on current domestic and international issues affecting the military profession. Finally, it provides students comprehension of the responsibility, authority, and functions of an Air Force commander and selected provisions of the military justice system. 3 hrs/wk.