Introduction to Culture
This general education course introduces Airmen to the principles of culture in an Air Force context. It fulfills three resident hours of Social Science or program elective credit in the Community College of the Air Force program. "Introduction to Culture" is designed to enhance cross-cultural competence, making Airmen more effective in expeditionary operations.
This course is offered by The Air University to enlisted members of the US Armed Forces (Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve) participating in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Program.
To enroll in the course, you must apply through the AU Portal, which can be found on the AF Portal. Applications can only be submitted during the "Enrollment Window" periods listed in the Course Dates section. View Enrollment Directions.
The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) will transcript the earned academic credit from this course. To view/order transcripts visit the CCAF website.
This course an entirely on-line, self-paced 12 module course, which requires you to complete short readings, watch associated video clips/presentations, and complete knowledge checks/exercises within the Blackboard learning management system. There will be formal lesson quizzes, a midterm and a final exam.
Types of Tests
Summative assignments will be used to measure understanding and determine the final grade.
Test Scoring and Feedback
Knowledge check/exercise and formative quiz results are instantaneous. Summative assignment results will typically be posted within 1 week of submission.
Course materials will be provided via the Blackboard learning management system. Access to the internet for research assignments is required.
1. Introduction to Culture and Cross-Cultural Competence
2. Understanding Culture and Yourself
3. Understanding Others
4. Understanding Your Environment
5. Family and Kinship
6. Political and Social Relations
7. Recreation and Leisure Activities
8. Religion and Spirituality
9. Using Cultural Domains
10. Cross-Cultural Communication
11. Cross-Cultural Conflict
12. Capstone Activities
Upcoming Course Dates
Fall 2018-2019 Session
18 - 24 September 2018
11 October 2017 - 23 January 2019
Spring 2019 Session
5 - 11 March 2019
28 March - 10 July 2019
Download Enrollment Directions
Updated: Apr. 4, 2016
Download Academic Calendar
Updated: June 18, 2018
Download ITC Flyer
Updated: June 18, 2018
Updated: Aug. 1, 2018
Meet the Instructor
Dr. Patricia Fogarty
Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Relations
Need Course Support?
Support Hours: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1600 CST
Air Force Culture and Language Center
551 East Maxwell Blvd Bldg 500
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Phone: (334) 953-9292
Phone requests for service will require an e-mail confirmation for tracking and recording purposes.
Fax: (334) 953-1614
When faxing, please include a fax coversheet identifying the course, yourself, and your contact information.