General Studies

General Courses:
GENL 097 — New Student Seminar (Area 1.1) (1 credit)
The New Student Seminar Program, a required experience for new students entering the College with fewer than one full-time semester or college credit, is designed to facilitate a successful transition to college. Grading System: S/U only. Offered Every Semester.

GENL 100 — Career and Life Planning (3 credits)
This class is designed for students who are uncertain about their career direction and/or major selection. Students will be given the opportunity to explore their interests, skills and values, take a Strong Interest Inventory, visit local organizations, job shadow Augustana alumni, find useful resources on the internet and create a resume. Offered Every Interim.

GENL 116 — Becoming a Master Student (1 credit)
An intensive opportunity for students to learn and adopt methods to promote their success in college. Participants will explore specific strategies for managing time commitments, improving memory, taking notes, reading textbooks and studying for tests. Offered Every Semester.

See for more information about all Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) programs (GENL 118, 119, 146, 147, 148, 149, 157, 158, 159, 163, 169)

GENL 118 — Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity, and Advocacy (HECUA) (Area 1.2) (16 credits)
This HECUA program is an interdisciplinary study of the role of art and the artist in working for social justice, and an exploration of art, culture, and identity. Students meet Twin Cities artists, activists, private and public arts funders, and politicians, and examine the role of art in advocating for social change. Professional internships provide direct access to the arts community. Courses include: Creating Social Change: Art and Culture in Political, Social, and Historical Context (4 cr); Arts Praxis (4 cr); and Integration Seminar and Internship (8 cr). Offered Every Spring Semester.

GENL 119 — Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment (HECUA)(Area 3.3) (16 credits)
This HECUA program focuses on building tools for social change in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. Students examine the causes of and solutions to poverty and inequality in the urban United States through classroom and field experiences. Professional internships provide direct access to the non-profit sector in the Twin Cities. Courses include: Theories of Poverty, Inequality and Social Change (4 cr); Social Policy and Anti-Poverty Strategies in Theory and Practice (4 cr); and Integration Seminar and Internship (8 cr). Offered Every Semester.

GENL 125 — The Distinguished Scholars International Travel Experience (1 credit)
This is an interdisciplinary course, which includes a 10-day international travel experience during spring break. This course is seen as a fundamental expression of what a liberal arts education is all about: moving beyond the immediate into the larger world, developing a resiliency and capacity to serve a changing world. Students are pushed to critically examine their own and other points of view. This course is by invitation only. No Audits. Grading system: S/U grade only. Offered Every Spring Semester.

GENL 146 — Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland (HECUA) (16 credits)
This HECUA program examines the historical, political, and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace, and the progress being made toward a pluralistic society. Students learn through readings, lectures, discussions, group study projects, and field experiences that invite interaction with people involved in social change. An internship offers hands-on experience with organizations working for social change. Courses: Northern Ireland: Building a Sustainable Democracy (4 cr); Understanding the Politics of the Northern Ireland Conflict (4 cr); and Internship Seminar and Internship (8 cr). Offered Every Spring Semester.

GENL 147 — The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA) (16 credits)
In less than fifty years, Norway has become one of the richest nations in the world, and is increasingly multicultural. A quarter of Oslo’s residents are not ethnic Norwegians. Students investigate changing Northern Europe using Norway’s welfare state and Scandinavian national identity as case studies. Coursework and an internship provide unique perspectives on how the Norwegian social democracy and Scandinavian welfare states are working to address the challenges posed by immigration and cultural and ethnic diversity. Students choose an independent study project or Norwegian language courses. The program courses: Challenges of Globalization to the Scandinavian Welfare State (8 cr); Scandinavian Art, Film, and Literature (4 cr); and Norwegian Language or Independent Study Project (4 cr). Offered Every Fall and Spring Semester.

GENL 148 — Environment and Agriculture: Sustainable Food Systems (HECUA) (4 credits)
Modern agriculture is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation, yet the disproportionate environmental footprint of agriculture is rarely discussed or understood. This field-based course explores the connection between agriculture and the environment, provides a first-hand experience of food systems, and analyzes the environmental, economic, political, social and cultural issues that define modern farming. Through lectures, in-class discussions, reading seminars, written assignments, and field study, students examine sustainability as it applies to the food system. Students spend three intensive days on a sustainable farm, working with the farm family and completing a series of interviews with family and community members. Offered Every June.

GENL 149 — Community Internships in Latin America (HECUA) (16 credits)
This HECUA program focuses on community participation and social change in Ecuador, addressing globalization, the environment, oil politics, and other local and international issues. A hands-on internship designed to meet the learning goals of the student is combined with a seminar, an independent research project, and a home stay for intensive immersion into Latin American daily life and culture. All lectures, internships, and field projects are in Spanish, with discussions in Spanish and English, and readings mostly in Spanish. Courses include: Community Participation for Social Change (4 cr); Independent Study Project (4 cr); and Internship Seminar and Internship (8 cr). Offered Every Semester.

GENL 157 — Development and Community in Bangladesh (HECUA) (Area 3.6) (4 credits)
This HECUA program focuses on the intentions of development agencies and the aspirations of local Bangladeshis. Students explore the policies, practices, and ideologies of socioeconomic development in rural and urban Bangladesh. Offered Every Interim.

GENL 158 — Social and Political Transformation in Ecuador (HECUA) (4 credits)
Conducted in English, this program explores socioeconomic issues in Ecuador as manifested in the country’s growing inequality and the proliferation of new social movements. Topics: indigenous rights, gender equality, the protection and management of natural resources, Ecuador’s new constitution, and comparison of Ecuadorian experience with other parts of Latin America. Field work and NGO site visits in the capital city of Quito and in rural communities. Spanish is helpful but not necessary: host families have at least one English speaker, and translators will be provided in the field. Offered Every Interim.

GENL 159 — Civil Rights Movement: History and Consequences (HECUA) (4 credits)
This HECUA program examines the events of the Civil Rights Movement by visiting important sites and interviewing leaders of the Movement, and connecting history and current political struggles around poverty, education, race, and class. Travel through Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, with time in the Twin Cities to connect the Civil Rights Movement with the present. Offered Every June.

GENL 163 — Environmental sustainability: Science, Public Policy and Community Action (HECUA) (16 credits)
This HECUA program builds hands-on knowledge of key processes of ecosystem degradation and recovery, the social and economic underpinnings of conflict over environmental change, and public policy and community–based strategies that strive towards sustainability. An integrated approach to environmental issues addresses the linkages between ecological, economic, and social systems. Professional internships provide access to the vibrant environmental movement in the Twin Cities. Courses: Adaptive Ecosystem Management (4 cr); Social Dimensions of Environmental Change (4 cr); Field/Research Methods and Investigation (4 cr); and Environmental Internship (4 cr). Offered Every Fall Semester.

GENL 169 — Writing for Social Change (HECUA) (16 credits)
This HECUA program includes seminars and field study addressing the social, cultural, and ideological contexts of creative writing and literary production, and the ways this work links to community building. The goal is the growth of students as writers, as readers, and as actors in our democracy by examining the role of literature and literary production in creating social transformation. The program combines critical reading seminars, creative writing workshops, field study, and a professional internship with a Twin Cities literary arts organization. Program courses: Reading for Social Change: Writing in Context (4 cr); Writing for Social Change: Creative Writing Workshop (4 cr); Internship, Field Work, and Integration Seminar (8 cr). Offered Every Fall Semester.

GENL 206 — Emergency Medical Technician (4 credits)
This class provides the first phase of training in the career of an Emergency Medical Technician. The class consists of 120 hours of instruction including didactic, practical labs, and hospital trauma center observation. The course work emphasizes the development of the student's skill in recognition of the signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries, and the proper performance of emergency care procedures. CPR Healthcare Provider is a prerequisite or co-requisite (may be taken during class for a fee). Upon completion of the course, the student is eligible for the National Registry of EmergencyMedical Technician-Basic practical and written examinations conducted by the SD Department of Public Safety EMS Division. Additional Fees apply. Offered  Every Interim.

GENL 492 — Senior Capstone (Area 4.3) (3 credits)
A Capstone course in the senior year is designed to encourage students who are concluding their college experience to wrestle with issues of meaning and moral value. Capstone courses are taught by teams of faculty using various topics as a vehicle for interdisciplinary, thoughtful, and critical conversation with senior students. It is intended that this conversation will stimulate seniors to see the relationship of their college studies to central issues of human existence. Students enrolled in 3-1 or 3-2 programs are exempted from the Capstone General Education requirement. Offered Every Semester, Including Interim.