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.

Course Information


Course Outline


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.


Program Transcripts

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

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


Enrollment Window

18 - 24 September 2018


Class Dates

11 October 2017 - 23 January 2019

Spring 2019 Session


Enrollment Window

5 - 11 March 2019


Class Dates

28 March - 10 July 2019

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.

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Last Updated: June 21, 2018