Civitas Honors Program

Augustana Civitas

While intellectual challenge is at the heart of an Augustana education, some students desire an even more academically rigorous and focused experience. We encourage those students to become part of Augustana’s Civitas Honors Program. "Civitas" is the Latin word for "citizenship."

The Civitas Honors Program encourages students to explore the characteristics of citizenship through small, innovative classes that explore contemporary issues as they relate to citizenship on the Augustana campus, in the United States and across the globe.

Students presenting in class


Applying to Civitas 

Each freshman Civitas cohort is limited to 40 participants and is open to students from all academic majors. While evidence of intellectual curiosity is the primary consideration for admission to Civitas, priority will be given to students who possess a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.50. Applications will continue to be accepted until the freshman honors class is full. Civitas applications should include the following:

  • A complete Civitas application form
  • A sample of what you consider to be your best, most innovative high school work. This might include a piece of art, a written work (essay, poetry, research paper), a science project, musical composition, video or any original work you think provides insight into how you can contribute to the program.

We often receive requests for more specific details about submissions for admission. We intentionally avoid narrowly defining our expectations but provide the following examples of previously submitted work. Please note that these are just samples. Submissions should represent what you believe to be your most innovative high school work. We have received excellent submissions in a variety of forms, from standard research papers to pieces of performing and visual art.

Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium


Symposium TreeThe Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium is a gathering that fosters and celebrates student research at the university. The structure of the Symposium follows that of a traditional academic conference, and Augustana students from all disciplines are invited and encouraged to present their original research in this forum. 

The Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium is supported by the Office of Academic AffairsCivitasMikkelsen Library and UBG.


Questions can be directed to Dr. Will Swart, Civitas director and professor of sociology.

Connect with us on social media @AugieCivitas.