Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:
1. Master course material through the perspectives provided by the social sciences.
2. Understand the major developments in American aviation/aerospace history and appreciate the way that the explosive growth of aviation influenced the economic, military and societal history of the United States.
3. Analyze and explain personalities and technologies that were significant in the mature development of American aviation and examine the role of aviation (including aerospace) within the broader context of political, social, economic, and military history of the United States during the twentieth century.
4. Appreciate the interaction between the individual aviation pioneers and society.
5. Demonstrate through academic research an understanding of the interrelationship between aviation and the broader context of American political, social, economic, and military history.
6. Realize the cumulative effects of technological innovations.
7. Analyze and explain how commercial aviation has facilitated trade and commerce as part of the contemporary transportation system.
8. Realize the impact of aviation/aerospace on American society in peace and war.
9. Describe the likely future of aerospace travel based upon knowledge of the history of aviation in conjunction with an understanding of contemporary economic, military, and societal issues.
10. Make judgments about the impact on the aviation industry of the 9/11 attacks on the United States and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
11. Evaluate how the aviation industry is influenced by major civil and military events, including terrorism, wars, multiculturalism, economic conditions, and diplomacy.
12. Strengthen critical thinking skills, especially those related to cause-effect relationships.