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Aviation Management Courses

The Aviation Management program consists of general education and required core courses.

For a full list of courses, view the Aviation program course planner.

Coursework will help students gain a better understanding of what it means to lead and manage in the aviation industry.

The following list contains descriptions for the core courses.

Communication 318

Intercultural Communication (3 cr) (ES)

An examination of cultural influences on human interaction in a variety of contexts. Theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural communication are explored. 

Prerequisite: Communication 118, 236 and 368 or consent of instructor.

Liberal Studies 209

Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 cr)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course. 

Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in Bachelor of Liberal Studies or Bachelor of Applied Studies.


Liberal Studies 230

Introduction to Leadership (3 cr)

This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and issues involved with leadership, including power and influence; vision, values and ethics; effecting change through teams and coalition; and the importance of embracing diversity. Examples will be drawn from a broad range of contexts, including organizations, education, politics, and communities. 

Prerequisite:  concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 301

Contemporary Global Issues and Problems (3 cr)

This course explores the ethical and religious dimensions of several global challenges in contemporary international society: (1) the expanding role of religion as a motivation for violence as well as a force for justice and peace; (2) the increasing deterioration of the global environment; (3) international efforts to protect human rights in countries where there is systematic oppression or genocide; and (4) the chronic gap in wealth between rich and poor nations. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. 



Liberal Studies 302

The Web of the Future: Workplace Communication and Trends (3 cr) 

Examines the history, operation, economics, and applications of computer technology and its significance in contemporary life. Consideration is given to a careful description of present technology and what some of the main decisions are that must be made if humanity is to utilize and control this technology. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.




Liberal Studies 336

Collaborative Leadership Dynamics (3 cr)

This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success.  Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group and organizational problems. 

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent. 

Liberal Studies 337

Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 cr)

Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR or Alternative Dispute Resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.  A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding), to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative. Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues. Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.


Liberal Studies 340

Aviation Law (3 cr)

Introduction to the major aspects of aviation law, including government regulation of airlines, airports, and airline personnel. Students will study the history and origins of aviation and regulations in order to understand the need for and intentions of today’s regulatory environment. 

Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


Liberal Studies 341

Management of Airline Production and Operations (3 cr)

This course explores key principles within the areas of production and operations in the airline industry. Students will learn the theory and practice of fleet scheduling, maintenance, safety, forecasting, and management. 

Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


Liberal Studies 342

Aviation Labor Relations (3 cr)

This course will explore the history and current status of airline labor laws, collective bargaining, settlement of disputes, contractual negotiations, and unfair labor practices. Students will also explore current and potential future trends in aviation labor law. 

Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


Liberal Studies 343

Airline Management (3 cr)

This course will introduce students to the administrative aspects of airline operations and management. Students will develop a partial business plan for a new airline utilizing key concepts. 

Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


Liberal Studies 415

Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods (3 cr) (14 wks)

This is a capstone course designed to synthesize the various components of airline management covered in previous coursework. Through a computer simulation, students will work through the process of starting a commercial airline and evaluating their options, critically thinking and ultimately making the necessary decisions needed to start a new aviation-related enterprise. This course should be taken in the student’s final semester. 

Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209, Liberal Studies 230 and department consent.


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