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Bachelor of Arts


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.

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.

Transfer students have a modified set of the requirements noted below. See the Transfer Policies section of the catalog for details.  

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:

Any General Education Core Requirement taken Pass/No Credit will not fulfill the General Core Requirement, with the exception of one HEPE activity course.

a. First-Year Inquiry Program. 9 credits. The core program begins in the first year with FYI 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 Inquiry Studies Program. The goals and objectives of the first year liberal studies sequence is a specifically designed program to address themes and reading unique to each term of study and cannot be substituted or waived based or participation in other programs, coursework or experiences other than those outlined in the above degree requirements. The first-year sequence includes:

  • Fall term: FYI 101 Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts (3 credits) with a 1 cr. FYI-100 advising course
  • Winter term: FYI 102 (3 credits)
  • Spring term: FYI 103 (3 credits)

b. Christian Traditions. 3 credits.

  • Students must take one of the following Christian Traditions courses: 201, 203, 205, 207 or 209 - no other courses will fulfill this requirement.
  • Students may not take more than one 200-level Christian Traditions 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): 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 (paired courses that highlight interdisciplinary approaches to a common theme or integrate theoretical and applied ways of knowing.
  • Successful completion of an approved 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. Most mini trips over breaks do not fulfill the LC requirement.
  • 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.

  1. Physical Education. Two PE activity courses.

Second Language. 0-9 credits. Students must demonstrate mastery of English and competence in a second language. Mastery of English will be evident via completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree at Augustana. Competence in a second language can be demonstrated via one of the following ways:

  • Four years of a single second 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 second 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 second language requirement.
  • Students, whose first language is not English, may opt instead to complete this requirement by a placement test score at the 201 level or successful completion of a placement exam in a language not offered at Augustana with an equivalent placement. The student is responsible for all fees necessary to administer the exam (student need to see the Associate Dean of Student Success for testing options.) International students may meet the requirement by providing documentation in a language other than English, e.g. through secondary school transcripts or letters of support from appropriate sources. (See the Registrar for more information.)

Students who have completed the second 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.

Any student who has any high school or college language experience is required to take a placement exam in that language before they can study that language further at Augustana.

f. Suffix Requirements.

  1. 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.
  2. Diversity/Global Perspectives. 6 credits.
    • One 3-credit course (designated by the G suffix) which focuses on Global issues.
    • One 3-credit course (designated by the D suffix) which focuses on cultural or social Diversity 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. However, students with senior standing who do not apply will be restricted from registration in advance of this date to assure proper planning and assist with a timely 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.