Curriculum

The faculty, in its dedication to the goals and purposes of the university, believes its distinct responsibility is to provide an educational environment in which all students can realize their full intellectual, physical, and spiritual potentials. The faculty feels this is best achieved within the framework of a curriculum of liberal studies, a curriculum that represents the dimensions of life in a free society—art, history, humanities, languages, literature, mathematics, music, natural sciences, religion, social sciences—a curriculum that also encourages the development of analytical and computational skills, as well as skills in speaking and writing.

In addition to the framework of liberal studies and the enhancement of communication skills, the curriculum is designed to provide a Biblical foundation for faith, a charismatic dimension for service, and various opportunities for praise and worship. This curriculum also promotes a lifestyle of physical well-being, not only through coursework in health, nutrition, and physical activities but also through a well-rounded program of intramural sports.

Degrees

The university awards both graduate and undergraduate degrees. Many include certification or licensure, while others prepare students to pursue certification or licensure following graduation. Many ORU majors offer specialized study in areas of concentrations. The minimum number of credits required for an undergraduate degree is 128 semester hours. Online degree programs beginning with the 2016-17 catalog require a minimum of 120 semester hours. The Anna Vaughn College of Nursing has also be approved to work towards a degree program requiring a minimum of 120 semester credit hours. More information is available in the college and departmental sections of this catalog.

Undergraduate

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is awarded in Art Education; Communication; Communication Arts Education’ Dance Performance; Biblical Literature; English Education; English Language Teaching in the Global Classroom; English Literature; French; Global Studies; Government; History; International Community Development; International Relations; Ministry and Leadership; Modern Foreign Language Education; Music Arts; Musical Theatre; Communication; Psychology; Social Justice; Social Studies Education; Sociology; Spanish; Studio Art; Theatre Arts; Theological-Historical Studies; Translation and Interpreting and Writing.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is awarded in Accounting; Biology; Biomedical Chemistry; Bioengineering; Business Administration; Chemistry; Christian Caregiving and Counseling; Church Ministries; Cinema/ Television/Digital Media; Computer Information Technology; Communication; Convergence Journalism; Drama/Television/Film Performance; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Engineering Physics; Environmental Sustainability; Finance; Global Environmental Sustainability; Graphic Design; Health and Exercise Science; HPE Education; Information Technology; International Business; International Business and Ministry; Leadership Studies; Liberal Studies; Leisure Science; Management; Marketing; Mathematical Finance; Mathematical Physics; Mathematics Education; Mathematics; Mathematics Preactuary; Medical Molecular Biology; Medical Technology; Music Production; Psychology; Public Relations and Advertising; Quantitative Business Administration; Science Education; Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities; Sports Management; and Worship Arts.

Other bachelor degrees include the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Performance, Music Composition and Music Therapy; Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.); and the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.).

Graduate

The Graduate School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and the Leadership M.B.A. (L.M.B.A.).

The Graduate School of Education offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. The M.A.T. has majors in (1) Teaching with Licensure and (2) Teaching with Alternative Licensure. The M.Ed. has majors in (1) Curriculum and Instruction and (2) School Administration. The Graduate School of Education also awards the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership.

The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry awards the professionalMaster of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, the academic Master of Arts (M.A.), and the professional Master of Arts (M.A.). The master of divinity offers a concentration in pastoral care and counseling. The academic master of arts has programs in (1) Biblical Literature with concentrations in advanced languages and Judaic-Christian Studies and (2) Theological and Historical Studies. The professional master of arts has programs in (1) Christian Counseling and a concentration in marital and family therapy, (2) Missions, and (3) Practical Theology and a concentrations in teaching ministries and urban ministries. The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry also awards the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree with concentrations in church ministries and leadership as well as pastoral care and chaplaincy.

Dual Degrees

Undergraduate

A second baccalaureate degree requires at least 30 additional semester hours, including a senior paper/project. A student completing a double degree program must also complete a minor unless at least one of the degrees requires 18 or more hours of cognate courses.

Students selecting double degrees are required to satisfy concentration and/or cognate requirements in both degrees. Students desiring double degrees should work closely with advisors from all departments/colleges involved as well as with the Registrar’s Office.

Graduate

Students, with the guidance and approval of their academic deans, may reduce the total number of degree credits required to obtain two or more graduate/professional degrees using the following guidelines, provided that all degree requirements are satisfied. This reduction may be accomplished by careful selection of elective courses and the elimination of additional requirements when redundancy occurs.

Guidelines for multiple degrees from the same college. The college’s administration must have previously approved the offering of multiple degrees with course reduction. One degree program may use components from another in accordance with the established policy of the specialty accrediting agency of the college to reduce degree requirements of the second or third degree.

Guideline for two master’s degrees from different colleges. The number of hours may be reduced up to 14 credit hours, but most typically nine or fewer credit hours.

Majors and Minors

Admittance to the university does not guarantee admittance to a specific academic major and/or degree program. Each department establishes the criteria by which a student is considered to be majoring or minoring in that department.

Majors

Students may have exploratory status until they decide on a major; however, students planning to major in engineering, biology, chemistry, mathematics, art, music, computer information technology, nursing, or education should declare their intentions when entering the university.

No grade below “C” may apply toward the major, concentration, core, or professional education courses. Generally, courses in which a “D” is earned may apply toward general education, minor, cognate, and general elective requirements. Some departments may have more rigorous requirements.

Multiple Majors

Students wishing to have one degree with two or more majors listed on their transcripts must complete a senior paper/project in one of the majors. The degree is granted in the major in which the senior paper/project and all other degree requirements are completed. Even though only one senior paper/project is required, the total number of credit hours for each major remains as stated in the degree requirements. To make up the difference in the major without a senior paper/project, an additional upper-division, three-credit-hour course must be taken with the approval of the department chair.

Courses in the first or primary major, including the major concentration cannot apply toward any other degree requirement (general education, minor, or cognate). Conversely, no hours in general education, a minor, or a cognate may satisfy requirements for the first or primary major.

Even though they cannot be used to satisfy requirements for the first or primary major, hours used to satisfy requirements for general education, a cognate, or a minor may be used to satisfy requirements for a second or subsequent major. No hours used to satisfy requirements for a major or its concentration may be used to satisfy the requirements in another major or its concentration.

Students selecting double majors may be required to satisfy concentration and/or cognate requirements in both majors. Students desiring double majors should work closely with advisors from all departments/ colleges involved as well as with the Registrar’s Office.

Minors

Each student must select a minor in another discipline unless the major department degree plan specifies otherwise. Students may use cognate and general education hours toward a minor when they overlap; however, minors may not use hours from a major, concentration, or other minor.

General Education

MISSION STATEMENT: Oral Roberts University’s general education program provides a core curriculum within the framework of a Christian worldview designed to empower students as responsible, engaged global citizens and lifelong learners. The program supplements all baccalaureate degree programs with the goal of preparing its graduates to be professionally competent servant-leaders who are spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, and socially adept.

ORU seeks to educate the whole person, with balanced emphasis placed on the development of the spirit, mind, and body. The undergraduate curriculum encompasses significant areas of liberal arts and sciences knowledge—Biblical studies, fine arts, humanities, languages, literature, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. The general education core provides a common bond of knowledge for all students; encourages the synthesis and integration of that knowledge into a unified whole; sharpens the skills of communication, computation, and critical analysis; develops appreciation for differing cultures; promotes a lifestyle of physical well-being; and establishes a Scriptural foundation for a vital faith. Specific courses to fulfill these general education requirements may vary in some majors.

For the Spirit. . . a continuing process of spiritual awareness and Bible study.

In addition to the specific courses listed here, all other courses in general education are taught with reference to Scriptural truths.

Requirements (9 hours)

BLIT 110 Survey of Old 3

Testament Literature

BLIT 120 Survey of New 3

Testament Literature

THE 103 Spirit-Empowered Living 3

For the Mind. . . a continuing process of developing skills, acquiring knowledge, and formulating a Christian world vision. No one field of knowledge exists in isolation from the others, and each must be examined in that context.

Communication (9 hours)

Written and oral language skills such as grammar, word usage, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, presentation, organization, and literary appreciation and analysis are built upon, emphasized, and required in other coursework.

Requirements

COMP 102 Composition II 3

COMP 303 Critical Reading and Writing 3

COM 101 Oral Communication 3

Students making a satisfactory score on the SAT (verbal 500), the ACT (English 22), or the TOEFL (550) are placed directly into COMP 102. Students with a minimum score of SAT (verbal 640) or ACT (28 or higher) are enrolled in COM 102H (honors). Students whose scores fall below these cut-off scores must enroll and complete COMP 101 with a grade of “C” or better as a prerequisite for COMP 102. COMP 101 can apply toward humanities requirements for most majors.

Modern Foreign Language

Conversational knowledge and the ability to read and write in a foreign language in the context of an informed world vision are emphasized.

Requirements(0-6 hours)

Six consecutive hours in the same language are required for a bachelor of arts degree, with a minimum proficiency at the 203 level. Students may meet the requirements in several ways: (1) students may take 102 and 203, (2) 203 and 204, or (3) two upper division courses of 3 hours each. A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved before the next level may be taken. The general education language requirement should be completed by the junior year in order to avoid difficulties in course sequencing.

Students pursuing the bachelor of science degree in a particular discipline are not required to take a modern foreign language.

Biological, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

Students acquireknowledge of the nature and expression of God’s creation with particular attention to the harmony and pattern of the natural order of the universe, the revelation of God’s Word, and how all creation reflects God’s glory.

Requirements (11 hours)

Laboratory Sciences 8

Mathematics 3

The eight hours of laboratory science may be selected from anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, physical science, or physics. The eight hours include two three-hour lecture courses and their corresponding one-hour labs. The three-hour mathematics requirement can be satisfied as specified by the major’s degree plan sheet. The mathematics requirement should be taken before or concurrent with the laboratory sciences.

Humanities, Literature, and Fine Arts

The integrated humanities courses provide an understanding of and appreciation for the major developments in Western Civilization through art, music, literature, and history. The courses view these subjects from a Christian/charismatic worldview as they relate to people’s search for meaning in life through a relationship with God.

Requirements(12 hours)

HUM 103 Christian Worldview and Culture 3

Choice of three of the following: 9

HUM 222 Ancient and Medieval Humanities

HUM 233 Renaissance and Enlightenment

Humanities

HUM 244 Romantic and Modern Humanities

HUM 333 Travel Studies

HUM 250/ART 103 Art History Survey I

HUM 255/ART 104 Art History Survey II

HUM 260/MUS 300 Music Appreciation

HUM 270/DRAM 215 Introduction to Theatre

COMP 101 Composition I*

MAT 315 History of Mathematics

*Composition I can only serve as a humanities course if required based on test score or completed prior to enrollment in COMP 102.

Some undergraduate degree plans may specify other courses to meet the humanities requirements.

Social Sciences

Knowledge of social science principles and human behavior in social and financial settings; understanding of the history and government of the United States.

Requirements (9 hours)

GOV 101 American Government 3

HIS 101 American History 3

Social Sciences Elective 3

The social sciences elective is selected from the following list as specified by the major’s degree plan sheet.

PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology

SWK 202 Introduction to Social Work

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201 Marriage and Family

SOC 323 Child and Family in the Social Context

BUS 201 Principles of Economics

FIN 244 Personal Financial Planning

MUS 208 Music in World Cultures

For the Body. . . a continuing process of study and active participation in activities conducive to good health.

In addition to the requirements listed below, a personal fitness program must be part of the student’s lifestyle at ORU. Emphasis is placed on individual personal responsibility for health and upon recognition that lifestyle has a significant relationship to the quality and length of life. Students are also urged to participate daily in aerobic activity, which is provided through individual programs and intramural sports throughout their college programs.

Undergraduate students are required to complete the following in sequence: Health Fitness I and II, the swimming proficiency test (except for students 45 years of age or older), and one HPE activity course each semester they are enrolled as on campus full-time students. An activity course may be taken only twice for credit. Any student failing the swimming proficiency test should enroll in HPE 026 Beginning Swimming. One-half to one semester hour is granted each semester for courses 001-150. Full-time undergraduate students may not withdraw from their only HPE activity course for any given semester unless they are withdrawing from the university.

Requirements(4.5-5 hours)

HPE 001 Health Fitness I 1

HPE 002 Health Fitness II 1

HPE Activity Electives 2.5-3

For Documenting Growth. . . a continuing process of verification of meeting the Student Learning Outcomes as specified in the university’s mission statement spiritually alive, intellectually alert, physically disciplined, socially adept, and professionally competent.

All students are required to compile, maintain, and complete an electronic developmental portfolio as a graduation requirement. More information is available in the section titled “Whole Person Assessment.”

Requirement(0 hours)

GEN 099 Whole Person Assessment 0

Health and Physical Education Standards

Every student is required to make satisfactory progress toward physical fitness. ORU wants its graduates to be mentally alert, spiritually alive, physically disciplined, and socially adept. For this reason, all undergraduate students taking a minimum of 12 hours are required to enroll in and successfully complete an HPE activity course each semester. To successfully complete HPE activity courses, students must earn a grade of D or better. The Health, Leisure and Sport Sciences section in this catalog provides a list of activity offerings. Students may enroll in any one HPE activity course only twice for credit. Undergraduate students enrolled full-time are not permitted to withdraw from their health fitness courses.

Study Abroad students are not required to participate in an HPE activity course during their study abroad semester(s). Graduate students, students in distance learning programs, and students 45 years of age or older are not required to take the swimming proficiency test.

Student progress is evaluated each semester. Students not fulfilling ORU’s physical fitness requirements during the previous semester are considered HPE deficient. A student may be considered HPE deficient for failing to successfully complete an HPE activity course or for failing to enroll in an activity class or classes.

Students who are HPE deficient must enroll in two HPE courses the following semester. Deficiencies may also be made up by enrolling in summer school. Students may also petition to transfer activity courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities to make up their deficiency. Students who are HPE deficient are not eligible to graduate from the University.

Senior Paper/Project

The senior paper/project is required in all majors. It may be an expository paper or a report of research or design. Majors in the Music Department may require a recital or internship to satisfy the senior paper requirement. Art majors may require a show to satisfy the senior paper requirement. Science education, health and physical education, mathematics education, and all majors in the College of Education substitute the presentation of a report and evaluation of the directed teaching experiences.

The senior paper/project in final form is usually due in the major department during the seventh semester according to the university schedule. To receive honors, a student must earn an A or B on the senior paper and must be successful in the oral defense of the paper in addition to other honors requirements.

Honors Program

MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of ORU’s honors program is to provide academically gifted students an educational experience at a level that (1) transcends both the rigor and scope of the general curriculum and (2) integrates the ethical responsibilities of using God's intellectual gifts for the healing of humanity into the concept of the “whole person” education. The program encourages servant-leadership opportunities both on and off campus.

Entrance requirements for the honors program include a minimum 1250 SAT or 28 ACT, 3.50 high school GPA, letters of recommendation, demonstration of leadership skills, and church and community service. Service, leadership, and social opportunities are available for students in the program.

Honors students are divided into two categories: Fellows and Scholars. Sixteen students are chosen as Fellows and awarded ORU Honors Fellow Scholarships. Forty students are chosen as scholars. Honors students are also eligible to apply for research assistantships in which they assist faculty with scholarly work.

All students in the Honors Program complete HONR 100 Freshman Honors Seminar. They also complete at least 24 hours of honors-level general education courses, successfully defend their senior paper/project, and meet any additional requirements specified by the major department (listed below). Honors students attend Honors Program events, participate in service projects, and maintain an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher to qualify as a graduate from the Honors Program. Students are not admitted to the Honors Program after the second semester of their junior year.

Fellows take at least five of six interdisciplinary seminars. Each seminar is taught by two faculty members and combines two subject areas such as English and art, science and theology, and history and mathematics. These interdisciplinary courses replace specific general education courses within the required 24 hours of honors-level general education courses. With approval of the director or associate director of the Honors Program, courses designated as “writing intensive (WI)” can be counted as honors courses.

Department and College Requirements for Honors Program Students

Biology and Chemistry Department

• Biology major—Honors sections of BIO 111L and 112L; CHE 112L, and BIO 372 required; BIO 499 must be experimental; senior paper must be presented at a professional meeting; Standardized ETS score must be above the 50% level.

• Chemistry major—honors sections of CHE 112L (lab).

College of Business

• All majors —BUS 499H (Senior paper is done individually.) BUS 451H Business Administration Internship recommended.

College of Education

• All majors (Professional Elementary Education major, Special Education Mild-Moderate Disabilities major, Early Childhood Education major)—join a professional educational association, join Kappa Delta Pi, the professional education honor society; attend a professional educational association conference; complete an in-service project with an inner-city school.

College of Nursing

• Honors students satisfy general education requirements with a minimum of 24 hours of courses in honors sections.

• Must complete 499H

Communication, Arts, and Media Department

• Graphic Design major—a PowerPoint presentation (reflection, observations, etc.) accompanying written material of their Practicum In-Field Study, which is shown to fellow graphic arts studies.

• Studio Art major—a one-person show for ART 499 Senior Paper/Project

Engineering

• All majors—senior project must be presented at a professional meeting.

Computing and Mathematics Department

• Mathematics major—PHY 111 and 112 (Lectures and Labs) are recommended

• Computer Information Technology major—PHY 111 and 112 (Lectures and Labs) are recommended

English and Modern Languages Department

• English Literature major—COMP 102H (unless AP or CLEP credit received), COMP 303H (or approved option), ENG 351H, and WRT 304H.

• Writing major—COMP 102H (unless AP or CLEP credit received), COMP 303H (or approved option), and WRT 304H.

• Spanish or French major—one semester of Study Abroad experience.

Heath, Leisure, and Sport Sciences Department

• Health Exercise Science major—senior paper/project must be experimental.

• Leisure Science major—senior paper/project must be experimental.

Music Department

• All majors must meet with the Music Department committee to answer questions of the material covered in the recital as to style, performance practice, historical importance, and specific text analysis for vocal music or playing style for instrumental music; must include a music analysis of at least three pieces from the recital that represent different style periods. (Applies only to the students who enroll in MUS 421 Senior Recital.)

Theology Department

• All majors must successfully complete and defend the senior paper in their respective field.

• Must take BIB/CHRM/THE 457. 

Additional Information

Students in the ORU Honors Program can apply to live in one of the honors dormitory wings, which promote a quality academic atmosphere. Numerous social activities and service learning opportunities are available to students in the Honors Program. All students in the program receive special recognition at graduation, and special designations appear on their transcripts and diplomas.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Nathan Opp, Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of Art, at (918) 495-6212 or by email at nopp@oru.edu.

Writing Across the Curriculum

The ability to write well is fundamental to success in any profession. To help students develop strong writing skills, Oral Roberts University encourages the use of writing assignments in all courses and requires that writing standards be upheld in all disciplines. Written assignments in any discipline are expected to meet the following criteria:

•Written assignments should be logically organized.

•Written assignments should use clear and exact prose.

•Written assignments should demonstrate the ability to develop an idea fully.

•Written assignments should be free from persistent errors in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.

•Written assignments using sources must demonstrate ethical and accurate use of source material. Plagiarism or any unethical or inappropriate use of sources is not tolerated.

Assessment

The university has a comprehensive institutional improvement plan that reflects a shift away from a focus on teaching toward a focus on student learning. Multiple assessments are utilized, and the results of each are shared with appropriate entities. Improvements are then proposed, approved, implemented, and reported.

The university is proactive in its adoption of best practices to ensure that the design and delivery of student learning options are preparing students to live in a diverse world and that the options accommodate a variety of student learning styles.

The two primary goals of assessment at ORU are to determine (1) how well students demonstrate expected learning outcomes of their educational experiences and (2) how well programs are designed to facilitate that end.

The university produces an assessment catalog each academic year, which provides a summary of all assessment activities at ORU. Each activity is linked with one or more of the university’s student learning outcomes. The assessments used at ORU include Whole Person Assessment (WPA), the national field tests, the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency, the College Senior Survey, the Student Satisfaction Inventory, the National Survey of Student Engagement, the CIRP Freshman Survey, Your First College Year, and many others.

Oversight of the assessment process, including WPA, program review, and assessment catalog, is the responsibility of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in conjunction with the Institutional Improvement and Student Learning Committee, composed of students, faculty members, and staff.

Whole Person Assessment (WPA)

Assessment of student outcomes is essential to improving learning. ORU assesses students’ skills, competencies, and/or attitudes as they enter the university, while they are studying at ORU, and after they have left the university. Assessment occurs at the university, college, department, and course levels.

ORU’s student learning expectations, practices, and assessment objectives align with the university’s mission, vision, and philosophy of education. ORU has adopted the following learning outcomes for all students, which flow directly from the university’s mission:

 

Spiritually Alive

Intellectually Alert

Physically Disciplined

Socially Adept

Professionally Competent

• Biblical knowledge

• Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit

• Evangelistic capability

• Ethical behavior

• Critical thinking

• Information literacy

• Global and historical perspectives

• Aesthetic appreciation

• Intellectual creativity

• Healthy lifestyle

• Physically disciplined lifestyle

• Communication skills

• Interpersonal skills

• Appreciation of cultural and linguistic differences

• Responsible citizenship

• Leadership capacity

• Discipline-specific according to the outcomes of each student’s major program.

Whole Person Assessment utilizes the electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) as the primary tool to determine the extent to which students achieve learning objectives defined by the general education curriculum and individual academic departments. In addition to providing evidence of student growth, the WPA process provides feedback for student reflection for self-improvement as well as valuable information for university program improvement.

All entering students need to compile and maintain an ePortfoliothat contains pieces of evidence (called “artifacts”) to document student growth. Whole Person artifacts include items such as supporting documents, evaluations, recommendations, samples of written work (e.g., term papers, research projects, reflection papers, essays), video clips of presentations, test scores, and evidence of creativity, performance, and extra curricular activities. GEN 099 introduces students to ORU learning outcomes, the university’s philosophy of assessment, skills and strengths assessment relating to career planning, and the technology skills needed for using ePortfolio as a part of the WPA process.

Students are to be in compliance with university, college, and departmental policies regarding Whole Person requirements. Students should consult their departmental handbooks for requirements regarding general education and the students' majors. The penalty for not submitting electronically or for incorrectly submitting a Whole Person artifact is a zero for that assignment. By submitting an assignment, the student gives permission for the assignment to be assessed electronically.

Whole Person Assessment is reported through a set of composite scores from students’ ePortfolios that reflect students’ performance on the ORU learning outcomes. The summary score for each learning outcome is an average of the ePortfolio results from assignments designed to measure aspects of each outcome. The WPA compares each student’s scores with the average of all other students. Each student can see how his or her WPA compares with the average of all other students. Students can see their WPA scores in the same manner in which they access grades on VISION (http://vision.oru.edu).

ROTC

Air Force

By agreement with the United States Air Force, eligible full-time students at Oral Roberts University may participate in Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) and receive an officer’s commission in the Air Force upon graduation. They are commissioned through the AFROTC program at OSU, but they remain students at ORU and graduate from ORU. AFROTC classes are held Thursday afternoons and evenings at Oklahoma State University (OSU) at Stillwater (Thatcher Hall).

ORU students in any academic major, including graduate students, may participate. A cadet must be a full-time student, a U.S. citizen, less than age 30 in the year of commissioning (some exceptions apply), have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and not be a single parent (some exceptions apply). Other eligibility requirements apply and are subject to change.

ORU students may be eligible for AFROTC scholarships and stipends Some of the scholarships are targeted toward specific majors, but others are available to students in any major.

Students may try AFROTC by taking freshman or sophomore AFROTC courses without obligation. In most cases, students do not have to make a final decision whether to commit to AFROTC until the junior year. Students who successfully complete the AFROTC program become second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force with a four-year active duty service obligation. Those selected for pilot training or other “flying” positions incur a longer commitment.

AFROTC courses are listed in the OSU catalog as Aerospace Studies (AERO). Freshman and sophomore AFROTC classes are one credit hour. Junior and senior AFROTC classes are three credit hours. All courses require the cadet to enroll in and attend a weekly Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) period at which leadership and followership skills are taught and emphasized. Those selected into the professional officer course attend a four- or five-week field training camp one summer, usually between the student’s sophomore and junior years.

For further information regarding the ROTC program, students should call the AFROTC Detachment at (405) 744-7744 or visit the Website at afrotc. okstate.edu or send an e-mail to afrotc@okstate.edu.