Vocation Projects

Civitas Vocation projects serve as an honors thesis that also speaks to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ideal of “vocation:” the calling not merely to a profession but to a life of responsibility and deputyship to others and our surroundings.  While your project will likely be done in your major, it should also address the role of deputyship, pertinence, justice and freedom in responsible citizenship. 

There are three required elements to a Vocation project:

  • An Independent Learning Experience: Your project should represent independent and professional work in the specific discipline in which you are studying.  This could include the typical researched thesis or report, but might also comprise an artistic exhibition, curricular development, policy analysis, or musical score.  You will work with a faculty advisor who will help you establish the nature of the project and guide you through its completion.
  • A Public Presentation:  Vocation projects must be presented in a public forum.  This could range from a professional academic conference to an invited lecture.  Civitas students are encouraged to present their project at the Augustana Symposium, an on-campus opportunity for students to present their research or creative work held each April.
  • The Civitas Essay: the finished project should be accompanied by an essay of 3-5 pages that address how the independent learning experience speaks to the mission and goals of the Civitas program (deputyship, pertinence, justice, and freedom as discussed by Bonhoeffer).

View past Vocation projects completed by graduates of the Civitas program.