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General Education Studies

During their first three terms, students enroll in either the first-year liberal studies sequence or in the honors program. Students in the liberal studies program will enroll in LSFY 101, 102 and 103. LSFY stands for Liberal Studies First Year.

These courses are designed to help students develop as active, critical learners and to develop skills that provide the foundation for further study at Augustana. Although LSFY courses are taught by faculty from many different disciplines, all faculty frame their courses around a central question. The fall course asks students to consider what it means to be a liberally educated individual. In the winter, students ponder how our exploration of the past deepens our understanding of the human condition. The spring course addresses how we can embrace the challenge of our diverse and changing world. To assure that students receive a well-rounded education in the liberal arts, AGES (Augustana General Education Studies) also exposes students to:

  • Perspectives on the past
  • Perspectives on the arts
  • Perspectives on individuals and society
  • Perspectives on literature and texts
  • Perspectives in the natural world
  • Perspectives on human values and existence

These learning perspectives (LP) introduce questions and possible answers that each field explores, and examines how knowledge in a variety of areas is discovered or created. Many LP requirements will fulfill requirement in the major.