Augustana Core Requirements
finalized January 2015
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 LSFY 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. 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 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 an aspect of Christian traditions.
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.
At some point students will be a member of a learning community (LC), consisting of two courses linked by a common focus or theme. LCs illustrate connections and contrasts between disciplines and encourage thinking about human problems and issues from different perspectives.
Students also will fulfill certain skills requirements. These include foreign language competency, completion of an investigative lab, two physical education activity courses, and courses that focus on quantitative reasoning, multicultural awareness and global diversity issues.