Bachelor of Arts
The college years develop the foundations of curiosity, analysis and communication which allow learning to take place. Augustana builds on this fundamental education by offering coursework in a wide variety of disciplines and encouraging thoughtful synthesis of information and new perspectives through careful study in these disciplines.
Graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Arts reflect the desire that Augustana graduates have both range and focus in their studies, as well as freedom to make academic choices according to their interests. The degree prepares students for a wide variety of graduate, business and professional opportunities.
No graduation requirements may be taken as Pass/No Credit.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree include:
1. Credits. At least 123 credits of college work as deﬁned by Augustana, subject to the following conditions:
a. At least 60 credits (excluding physical education activities) must be earned at Augustana College. The last 24 credits applied to the degree must be earned at Augustana.
b. At least 40 credits must be in 300- or 400-level courses.
c. No more than 40 credits may have the same subject code designation. Courses listed under more than one course code are counted toward the limit under each code.
d. No more than 3 credits may be from physical education activities.
e. No more than 8 credits may be from participation in music ensembles.
f. No more than 9 credits may be from participation in internships.
2. Grade-point Average. The ﬁnal grade-point average must be at least 2.00:
a. for all Augustana coursework.
b. for all Augustana coursework in a major.
3. Major. A major of at least 24 credits must be completed, including at least 9 credits in 300- and 400-level courses taken at Augustana. Major requirements are given in the Courses and Programs of Study section of this catalog.
4. General Education Core Requirements. General education requirements consist of the following components:
a. First-Year Liberal Studies Program. 9 credits. The core program begins in the first year with LSFY or HONR courses, which count toward a student’s general studies requirements rather than the academic major or minor program of study. All students must complete one first-year sequence: completion of the a) Foundations, b) Logos, or c) First-Year Liberal Studies Program. The first-year sequence includes:
- Fall term: LSFY 101 Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts (3 credits)
- Winter term: LSFY 102 (3 credits)
- Sprint term: LSFY 103 (3 credits)
b. Christian Traditions. 3 credits.
- Students must take one of the following religion courses: 201, 203, 205, 207 or 209.
- Students may not take more than one 200-level religion course to count toward degree requirements.
- Completion of LSFY 101 is a prerequisite for the Christian Traditions requirement.
- Students must complete this requirement before the end of the sophomore year.
- Successful completion of the ﬁrst year of Logos or Foundations fulﬁlls the Christian Traditions requirement as long as one of the courses in the series is taught by a professor of religion.
c. Learning Perspective Distribution Requirements. 27 credits.
- Students must take one course in each of the six Learning Perspectives (see below). In addition, students must select three additional courses, each from a different Learning Perspective, for a total of nine courses.
- A student must take two different subject codes for courses within a perspective to complete the requirement. A maximum of two courses with the same subject code may count toward satisfying the total Learning Perspective distribution requirement.
- A course which is cross–listed under more than one subject code will not count as the second area of study if either of its listings is from the same area as the first course in that Learning Perspective.
- The six Learning Perspective distribution categories are as follows:
- Perspectives on the Past (PP): Courses that examine the ideas, institutions, achievements and events of the past, both in relation to one another and in relation to the present.
- Perspectives on the Natural World (PN): Courses that examine how theories, mathematical systems and natural laws are inferred, tested and applied to a range of phenomena, and how they are related to current technical and values-based issues.
- Perspectives on Individuals and Society (PS): Courses that examine human behavior, the values and social structures that humans generate, and how each affects the other.
- Perspectives on Literature and Texts (PL suffix): Courses that examine the creative, expressive and rhetorical functions of language in the production and interpretations of text and the tradition they represent.
- Perspectives on the Arts (PA): Courses that examine the inspirations, processes, tools and critical/historical contexts relating to the creation of artistic products or performances; may include the opportunity to directly engage in the creative process.
- Perspectives on Human Existence and Values (PH): Courses that consider those broad questions of human existence that have been given religious, philosophical or literary expression of enduring importance, but inevitably take on different meanings for individuals whose values and cultural traditions differ.
d. Learning Community Requirement. 4-6 credits.
- Each student must successfully complete at least one Learning Community (a pair of topically-related courses taught by cooperating instructors and taken by the some of the same groups of students).
- Successful completion of an Augustana international term satisﬁes the Learning Community requirement when two or more of the courses taken as part of the international term incorporate the educational objectives deﬁned for Learning Communities and credit is earned in at least two of those courses.
- Successful completion of the second-year honors course (HONR 220, 221 or 222) satisfies the Learning Community requirement.
- Successful completion of the Learning Community is defined by achieving a passing letter grade (P/NC is not permitted for any general education requirements) in the two linked courses, two 3-credit courses on a designated international term, or the second-year honors course.
- Learning Community courses may fulﬁll the above distribution requirements in the Learning Perspectives and/or may fulﬁll requirements for the major or minor.
e. Skills Requirements.
- Physical Education. Two PE activity courses.
- Foreign Language. 0-9 credits. Students must demonstrate competence in one of the following ways:
- Any student who has any high school or college language experience is required to take a placement exam in that language.
- Four years of a single foreign language in high school. Completion of the same language through a full year of graded coursework in Language IV (equivalent of eight semesters) fulfills the requirement. Grades of P, CR, or other "pass" grades for high school coursework is not accepted to complete this requirement. Please see the college policy on Pass/No credit Grading.
- Satisfactory performance on a competency test. Tests are administered online prior to confirming the registration date. Students with fewer than eight semesters of a language who place beyond 103 will be required to retake the exam on campus.
- Successful completion of the 103 or 201 course in any language at Augustana. Students placing into 101 or 102 must successfully complete the prior coursework at Augustana with a passing grade in order to continue with the next course in the sequence. See the policy on sequenced courses.
- Equivalent (one year) at another college or university. The college does not accept online coursework to fulfill the foreign language requirement.
International students, whose first language is not English, may opt instead to complete this requirement by a placement test score at the 201 level or higher, or by taking one course from: ENGL-208, ENGL-231, ENGL-309 or ENGL-310. Successful completion of a placement exam in a language not offered at Augustana requires a minimum score of 70 percent to meet this requirement and the student is responsible for all fees necessary to administer the exam.
Students who have completed the language requirement through the first of the above criteria, but who desire to continue language study, may continue in the language in placement of 102 or 103 for credit if such a placement is determined by the exam.
f. Sufﬁx Requirements.
- Investigative Lab. One 3-credit course (designated by the I sufﬁx) that focuses on scientiﬁc methods. I courses can also fulﬁll other learning perspective distribution requirements. Completing a science major satisﬁes this requirement.
- Quantitative Reasoning. One 3-credit course (designated by the Q sufﬁx) that features quantitative skills. Q courses can also fulﬁll other learning perspective distribution requirements and/or major requirements. Satisfactory performance on a competency exam can satisfy this requirement.
- Diversity/Global Perspectives. 6 credits.
- One 3-credit course (designated by the G sufﬁx) which focuses significantly on the differences between U.S. traditions and those that are culturally distinct from them.
- One 3-credit course (designated by the D sufﬁx) which focuses signiﬁcantly on factors that have contributed to the creation of identities of cultural or social subgroups within the United States.
- G and D courses can also fulfill other learning perspective distribution requirements or major requirements.
- G and D requirements cannot be met in a ﬁrst-year liberal studies course.
5. Application for Graduation. The application form must be ﬁled electronically with the Ofﬁce of the Registrar at least one term before the term of graduation.
NOTE: The audit and reviews are provided only as planning aids. It is the responsibility of the student to report any printed error to the Office of the Registrar. The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student.
Policy on the Awarding of Posthumous Degrees
The achievements and contributions of Augustana students are formally recognized at graduation. In case of the untimely death of a student who has made substantial progress toward a degree, it is important that the college acknowledge the work of this individual. Upon written request from a family member, the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees may recommend conferral of the posthumous degree under the following policy requirements:
- The student should have had senior status (more than 90 earned credits) at the time of his/her death.
- The student should have been in good academic and social standing at the college at the time of his/her death.
- The student should have been enrolled for coursework at the college at the time of his/her death.
- As with other candidates for graduation, the posthumous degree will be recommended to the Faculty Senate by the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees. The Faculty Senate recommendation will then be passed to the Board of Trustees for approval.
- The student's name will appear in the graduation program. The student's family will decide if the name will be read and the degree is to be conferred during the graduation ceremony or in a private ceremony.
In instances where the student had not reached senior status at the time of his/her death, a certificate of achievement will be presented to the family.
Release of Record of Deceased Student
Following the death of a student, the College will release the educational records of the individual student under the following condition(s):
- The student has submitted a signed Authorization to Release Educational Records form which designed the person(s) eligible to request and/or receive educational records. Authorized person must submit a signed request for records which can be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the Office of the Registrar.
- The student has officially designated the person(s) as an emergency contact. This information is held in the student's e-record on the EMER screen. Authorized person must submit a signed request for records which can be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the Office of the Registrar
- In response to a legal subpoena
The College will respond to requests for records in a timely manner, but records, with the exception of an unofficial transcript, will not be produced the same day. Requested documents will be mailed to the requestor.
Reaffirmed by AS&D 12-3-12
Passed by Faculty Senate 3-25-04