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Augustana Core Requirements


During their first three terms, students enroll in either the first-year liberal studies sequence or in the honors program (Foundations or Logos). Students in the liberal studies program will enroll in FYI 101, 102 and 103.

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. Students must complete a single sequence. Although FYI 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 challenges of our diverse and changing world.

Honors students accepted into the Foundations or Logos program will have a specialized first-year curriculum prepared by the honors faculty and program directors. (See Honors Program.)

Before completion of the sophomore year, students also will select one course from a menu of classes that examine religious traditions through a Reasoned Examination of Faith.

To assure that students receive a well-rounded education in the liberal arts, the Core also exposes students to perspectives on the past, the arts, individuals and society, literature and texts, the natural world, and human values and existence. These learning perspectives (LPs) introduce questions and possible answers each field explores, and examine how knowledge in a variety of areas is discovered or created. Many LP requirements also fulfill requirements in the major.

Students also will fulfill certain skills requirements. These include second language competency, two physical education activity courses, and courses that focus on quantitative reasoning, multicultural awareness and global diversity issues.

NOTE: While the senior audit, program evaluation as well as academic guidance from 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.