General Education Requirements
The graduation requirements leading to the baccalaureate degree are designed to provide a broad and liberal education, a mastery of at least one field of knowledge through concentration in a major, and a general course of study which will be in harmony with the program and ideals of Augustana.
Students may graduate under the requirements of the current catalog during the session in which they first enrolled (provided they graduate within six years from the end of that session), or they may graduate under the requirements of a more recent catalog in which they meet graduation requirements. The student’s academic advisor and other personnel of the College will help in every way possible to avoid errors, but the student has the final responsibility for satisfying all degree requirements according to the catalog chosen.
In order to graduate, a student must file a Graduation and Diploma Application Form for Degree Candidates with the Registrar’s Office. All regularly enrolled undergraduate students are eligible for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The completion of this degree requires the following:
A. General Degree Requirements
To graduate from Augustana, a student must meet the following requirements:
1. Complete 124 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (The quality points assigned each grade are found under Grading System.)
A. The last 30 credit hours must be taken at Augustana.
B. No more than 3 workshop credit hours may count toward the 124 credit hour requirement.
2. Complete the requirements for one major.
3. Complete the general education requirements.
4. Complete two religion courses.
NOTE: A student may not have more than 43 credit hours from one prefix (BIOL, BSAD, PSYC, etc.) count toward the 124 credit hour graduation requirement. The following programs are exceptions and may count the number of credit hours listed below toward the 124 credit hour graduation requirement:
Art - 60, ACS Chemistry - 44, Liberal Arts Music - 45, Music Education - 57, Nursing - 52
B. General Education Requirements
The aim of Augustana is to provide an education of enduring worth by blending the broad learning experiences of the liberal arts with the student’s individual professional goals, and to integrate Christian faith and learning.
Graduation requires satisfactory completion of the General Education Plan. The number of credit hours may vary based on advanced placement exams and department test-outs.
Each student may be exempted from (or “Wild Card”) one requirement in the General Education Plan. This exemption may NOT be applied to the laboratory science course (in Area 3.2) or to the Capstone course (Area 4.3). No credit is granted for the wild card area.
No more than 10 credit hours from any one prefix (e.g. BIOL, ENGL, MDFL, etc.) may count toward meeting the general education requirement.
Area 1 - Exploring Self and Relationships (6 credit hours)
This area will introduce the student to the aims of education at Augustana, courses in understanding of self in relationship to others, and activities emphasizing the importance of health and wellness.
Area 1.1 Meeting the Challenge of College (1 credit)
A series of activities during the first seven weeks of each semester designed to facilitate the new student’s successful transition to college.
GENL 097 New Student Seminar
Area 1.2 Understanding the Self in Interpersonal Relations (1 course, 3 credits)
Courses in this area will focus upon a broad understanding of human beings and important ways in which they interact with one another.
BSAD 120 Personal Financial Stewardship
COMM 250 Interpersonal Communication
EDUC 345 Adolescent Development (Only for students seeking teacher certification)
GENL 118 Art for Social Change (HECUA)
GERO 120 Aging and Society
GOVT 190 Humans in Conflict: Individual Conscience and Legal Responsibility
PHIL 110 Dimensions of the Self
PHIL/RELI 310 Death, Dying and Beyond
PSYC 210 Life-Span Human Development
PSYC 335 Human Relations
Area 1.3 Developing Personal Well-Being Through Physical Activities (2 courses, 2 credits)
Two different activities courses emphasizing the development of recreational skills and/or conditioning the body as part of experiencing health and wholeness.
PE 095 Intercollegiate Athletic Participation
100-level PE courses Physical Activities
Area 2 - Strengthening Skills for Living and Working in a Changing World (0-10 credit hours)
This area is designed to develop and strengthen skills that are crucial in a changing world. In this “information society,” the skills of communication (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), and of mathematical and analytical reasoning are absolutely vital.
2.1A Written Communication (0-1 course, 0-4 credits)
The student who is growing educationally finds it essential to understand the written expressions of others and to write with clarity, precision, and power.
ENGL 110 First-Year Composition
Exception: Students who have achieved an average of 29 or higher for the scores on the English and Reading sections of the ACT exam (must be from the same exam, not combined from two ACT tests), or a score of 600 or higher on the Verbal section of the SAT exam, have placed out of ENGL 110. This achievement shall be noted on the transcript, but without credit.
NOTE: A grade of C- or better in ENGL 110 is a prerequisite for ENGL 200 (Area 3.5A), and is required to satisfy Area 2.1A.
Area 2.1B “W” Component (2 courses)
Two courses with an integrated writing component, designated by a “W”.
Area 2.2 Oral Communication or Analytical Reasoning (0-1 course, 0-3 credits)
The educated person needs skills in critical thinking, listening, and the ability to speak effectively in a variety of settings. Furthermore, the skills of analytical reasoning are the underpinning of effective thinking.
COMM 110 Introduction to Communication
COMM 270 Advocacy and Argumentation
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking
Test-out: Oral Communication
The test-out examination will consist of written and oral sections. Only those students who perform satisfactorily on the written part may take the oral part of the examination. Students who pass both parts of this exam will receive credit for COMM 110.
Students may apply to the Chair of the Communication Studies Department for exemption to COMM 110 if they meet any of the following criteria:
a) Two years of high school varsity forensic participation (debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory, or interpretation).
b) Two high school courses in oral communication with a grade of B or better.
c) One year of varsity forensic participation and one high school course in oral communication with a grade of B or better.
Criteria not included on high school transcripts must be verified in writing by the appropriate high school teacher/coach.
Test-out: Critical Thinking
Entering students are eligible to take an exam designed to measure proficiency in certain areas of critical thinking and logical reasoning. Students who pass the examination will receive credit for PHIL 120.
Area 2.3 Mathematical Reasoning (0-1 course, 0-3 credits)
The logic, form, and operations of mathematics have intrigued philosophers, artists, and scientists from earliest times and are essential foundations in today’s professional careers.
MATH 140 Quantitative Reasoning
– OR – MATH course higher than MATH 140
a) Students who have achieved a score of 30 or higher on the mathematics section of the ACT examination, or a score of 650 or higher on the mathematics section of the SAT examination, have placed out of Area 2.3. This achievement shall be noted on their transcript but without credit.
b) Students may also elect to take a CLEP examination to gain credit for their mathematical skills and be excused from the required course.
Area 3 - Developing Knowledge for a Changing World (28-35 credit hours)
The liberally educated person, in addition to possessing skills and self-understanding, should have pursued broad intellectual experiences in many fields of inquiry. To that end, the six parts of this area will acquaint the student with knowledge in many diverse fields.
Area 3.1 The Western Heritage (2 courses, 6 credits)
This section is designed to provide students with knowledge of the ideas, people, events, human and physical forces, and artistic expressions that have contributed to the formation of the past and the ways in which the past has shaped the contemporary world.
Early Period (Area 3.1A) (1 course)
ANTH 110 Introduction to Anthropology
ART/HIST 112 Art History I: Prehistory to the Renaissance
ENGL 225 World Literature I
HIST 110 Western Civilization I
HIST 114 Western Civilization I (Honors)
MUSI 210 Music History and Literature to 1750
PHIL/CLAS 220 Our Philosophical Heritage I
THEA 215 Theatre History and Literature I
Later Period (Area 3.1B) (1 course)
ART/HIST 113 Art History II: Renaissance Through the 20th Century
ENGL 226 World Literature II
HIST 111 Western Civilization II
HIST 115 Western Civilization II (Honors)
HIST 120 The American Experience to 1877 (ELED majors only)
HIST 121 The American Experience Since 1877 (ELED majors only)
MUSI 212 Music History and Literature 1750 to Present
PHIL 230 Our Philosophical Heritage II
THEA 216 Theatre History and Literature II
Area 3.2 Natural Science (2 courses, 7-8 credits)
This section is designed to provide students with knowledge of science as a way to understand the world of nature, and of technology as the application of scientific principles to useful ends.
NOTE: Students must take at least one lab course in Area 3.2. Students may not take the following combination of courses to satisfy this area: BIOL 110 & 120; CHEM 116 & 120; any two of PHYS 201, 202, 221, 222.
BIOL 110 Biology and Human Concerns
-OR- BIOL 120 Biological Principles I
BIOL 180 Introduction to Environmental Science
CHEM 110 Chemistry and Your Environment
CHEM/PHYS 115 Physical Science
CHEM 116 General Chemistry I
-or- CHEM 120 Accelerated General Chemistry
PHYS 110 From Atoms to Stars (non-lab)
PHYS 190 Astronomy (non-lab)
PHYS 201 Physics for Life Sciences I
-or- PHYS 221 General Physics I
Area 3.3 Human Behavior and Social Institutions (2 courses, 6 credits)
This section is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge of forces that shape human behavior and the large-scale social systems in which people live.
NOTE: No more than one course from any department may be counted in Area 3.3.
ANTH 270 Introduction to Archaeology
COSC 130 Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing (W)
ECON 120 Principles of Economics I
EDUC 110 Foundations of American Education
GENL 119 Inequality in America (HECUA)
GOVT 110 Introduction to Government
-or- GOVT 200 American Government
PSYC 115 General Psychology
SOCI 110 Contemporary Society
Area 3.4 Languages (0 to 2 courses, 0-6 credits)
This section is designed to provide students a basic ability in a language other than their own, an opportunity to explore their facility with languages, and an insight into a culture other than their own.
The language requirement can be completed in any of the following ways:
a) Complete both introductory courses of the same language (i.e., FREN 110, 111; ASL 110, 111).
b) Complete the second semester of an introductory language course or higher (i.e., FREN 111 or 210; ASL 111 or 210).
c) Demonstrate competence in a mother tongue other than English.
d) Test-out: Students may fulfill all or part of the language requirement through a placement exam, a departmental test, CLEP test, or by presenting a satisfactory Advanced Placement test score.
ASL 110 & 111 American Sign Language I & II
CLAS 200 & 201 Elementary Greek I and II
CLAS 205 & 206 Elementary Latin I and II
FREN 110 & 111 Introduction to French I and II
GERM 110 & 111 Introduction to German I and II
RELI 101 & 102 Introduction to Hebrew I and II
SPAN 110 & 111 Introduction to Spanish I and II
Area 3.5 Literature and Fine Arts (2 courses, 6 credits)
This area is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of and appreciation for the enduring forms of aesthetic and creative expressions and activities of human society in order to enrich their lives and encourage them to become lifelong patrons of the arts.
Literature (Area 3.5A) (1 course)
CLAS 230 Classical Mythology
ENGL 200 The Literary Experience: A Genre Approach (W)
FREN 360 History of the Literature of France I
FREN 361 History of the Literature of France II
GERM 360 History of German Literature I
GERM 361 History of German Literature II
SPAN 360 History of the Literature of Spain I
SPAN 361 History of the Literature of Spain II
SPAN 362 History of the Literature of Latin American
Fine Arts (Area 3.5B) (1- 3 courses) (If taking MUSI 095 and/or THEA 097, must take 3 [1 credit] semesters)
ART 100 Introduction to Art
ART 101 Drawing I: Introduction to Drawing
ART 120 Design I: Two-Dimensional Design
ART 130 Ceramics I: Introduction to Ceramics
ART 140 Painting I: Introduction to Painting
ART 190 Graphic Design I
ART 290 Art and Children
ENGL 150 American Cinema
MUSI 095 Major Ensembles (take 3 semesters for credit)
MUSI 110 The Understanding of Music
MUSI 111 The History of Jazz
MUSI 120 and 120L Music Theory I: Basic Concepts and Skills and Aural Skills Lab
MUSI 281 Music and Worship I
THEA 097 Performance Practicum Lead Role (take 3 semesters for credit)
THEA 115 The Theatre Experience
THEA 220 Acting II
Area 3.6 Intercultural Studies (1 course, 3 credits)
This area is designed to provide students with knowledge and appreciation of cultures different from the dominant culture of the United States or its principal antecedents.
ANTH 271 Cultural Anthropology
ENGL 340 Seminar in Non-Western Literature
FREN 341 Francophone Cultures and Literatures
GOVT 120 Politics in a Diverse World
GOVT 215 Asian Politics
GOVT 345 Identity, Conflict and World Politics
HIST 161 Latin America at the Movies
HIST/NAST 180 Red, White and Black: The People of Early America
HIST 230 Cultural History of Mexico
HIST 261 History of Latin America
HIST/NAST 352 History of the Lakota/Dakota
MDFL 152 Central and West African Cinema
MUSI 214 Music History and Literature of the Non-Western World
NAST/SOCI 320 Native American Social Systems
RELI 341 World Religions: Hinduism and Buddhism
Area 4 - Developing Values, Perspectives, and Commitment (9 credit hours)
This area is designed to make students aware of their own religious and ethical beliefs as well as the beliefs and values of others, which complements the goals of the College in all parts of the curriculum. Specifically, the purposes of this area are to encourage students to examine the Christian faith through a study of the Bible, institutions inspired by the Christian faith, and key theological concepts; to investigate historical, ethical, theological, and philosophical perspectives as they complement and contrast with the Biblical and Christian traditions; to consider faith and ethical commitments as a stimulus to integrate all learning and as a preparation for a life of responsible service in church and society.
Area 4.1 Exploring the Christian Tradition (1 course, 3 credits)
One course in religion designed to introduce the student to the Biblical and Christian traditions.
RELI 110 Exploring the Christian Faith
Area 4.2 Faith and Meaning (1 course, 3 credits)
One course in religion designed to encourage the student to investigate historical, ethical, theological, and philosophical questions as they are in dialogue with the Biblical and Christian traditions.
Any Religion 200-294 course.
Area 4.3 Integrating Faith and Life (1 course, 3 credits) Area 4.3 has been eliminated from the General Education Requirements for all students graduating December 2015 and forward. A Capstone course (GENL 492) 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 requirement.
C. Requirements for the Major
The requirements for each major are listed in the academic program section of this catalog.
A student must earn a C- or higher in the minimum number of credit hours required for the major. Courses which are listed as supportive courses need only to be passed. Some departments have requirements which are more restrictive than this requirement. In those departments, the departmental requirements must be met. The total number of credit hours required for a major (including departmental courses and supportive courses) does not normally exceed 43. Majors that are larger than 43 credit hours have been approved by the full faculty of the College. Transfer students must take a minimum of 50% of the courses required for their major at Augustana. Some departments require a higher percentage.
D. Minor Requirements
A minor is not required for graduation. A grade of C- or higher is required in all courses in the minor. See the listings under academic programs for the courses required for the minor. Transfer students must take a minimum of 50% of the courses required for their minor at Augustana.
The courses remaining after general education and major requirements have been fulfilled are to be chosen by students in consultation with their advisor from any of the courses in the catalog for which they qualify Students are encouraged to use electives to explore areas of study other than their majors.