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Courses and areas of study

Majors, minors and areas of study



NOTE: While the senior audit, program evaluation, academic support resources, as well as academic guidance from  faculty and advisors are all available to every student at no additional cost, these resources are provided for use in planning only. It is the responsibility of the student to report any printed error to the Office of the Registrar within three terms. The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student.

Augustana College offers a wide variety of courses in the traditional liberal arts and in several areas of pre-professional and special studies. Nearly 90 majors and related academic programs are available.

Minors in most fields allow students to pursue secondary interests or to augment their major studies. These options, plus opportunities for individual studies, result in much flexibility in the planning of each student’s program of study, and choices can be made according to individual needs and interests. Students are encouraged to consult often with their academic advisors.

The Master Schedule of Courses is published annually by the Office of the Registrar. In addition, some classes are offered during summer school. (See Summer Programs.) Any course that has not been taught in three consecutive years and is not on a regular departmental rotation frequency of at least once every four years, is removed from the course catalog.

Numbering and symbols

  • 100-level courses are beginning courses open to first-year students.
  • 200-level courses are sophomore-level courses, some of which are open to first-year students.
  • 300- and 400-level courses are upper-division courses intended primarily for juniors and seniors. Students may enroll in sequential courses for which they qualify, and in advanced courses with the approval of the academic advisor.
  • (3) — the number of credits.
  • + — the course may be repeated for credit, e.g. (3+).
  • Hyphenation (e.g. 101-102-103) indicates that the courses must be taken in sequence.
  • Suffix designations applicable to particular courses appear after the course number.

Credits and credit maximums

Augustana credits are semester credits.

Course load. Full-time tuition for one term in an academic year covers enrollment in 8-11 credits of instruction. Full-time tuition for two terms in an academic year covers enrollment in up to 22 credits, an average of 11 credits per term with at least 8 in each term (e.g. 10+12 will not result in an overload charge). Full-time tuition for the academic year covers enrollment in up to 33 credits with at least 8 credits per term (e.g. 12+10+11 will not result in an overload charge). Classes dropped after the midpoint of the term are included in determining overload charges. Overloads will be charged as specified by the Costs and Financial Assistance section of this catalog and in the Schedule of Student Charges.

Course code. No more than 40 credits in courses with the same course code designation may be applied toward the credits required for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses listed under more than one course code are counted toward the limit under each code.

Physical education activities. No more than 3 credits from physical education activity courses may apply toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Music ensembles. No more than 8 credits from music ensembles may apply toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Internships. No more than 9 credits from internships may apply toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Independent and directed studies. No more than 6 credits in independent and directed studies combined may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. In one term, no more than 1 credit of independent study and 1 credit of directed study may be earned in a given department.