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Beyond the Classroom

Philosophy Poster

Beyond the Classroom is a compilation of materials and sources gathered by professors and students in the Philosophy department. This information is intended to aid the students in finding extracurricular activities, internships, conferences, and other department information easily. Previous and current students have also shared some of their personal experiences about their participation in numerous activities linked to the department. BTC is intended to complement the excellent classroom experience provided by Augustana's outstanding professors, and hopefully it will inspire students to seek out new adventures in a broader setting.

Study Abroad      Student Opportunities      Funds
Clubs Careers in Philosophy

Study Abroad

Berlin Program

The Berlin Program is a Learning Community of History 315 (Modern Germany) and Philosophy 341 (Phenomenology and Existentialism) in the Spring Term on Augustana's campus, followed by four weeks (in June) of further instruction and engagement in and around Berlin, Germany.
The instructors are Dr. David Ellis and Dr. Heidi Storl. Up to 30 students may participate.
For more info, check out the Berlin program page, here.

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Student Opportunities

Ebony Allen attends National Character and Leadership Symposium

 The Terrazzo in the USAFA Cadet Area

Every year, four Augustana students are selected to attend the National Character and Leadership Symposium and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. This two-day conference features speakers from all career fields and all regions coming together to share their experiences and discuss the traits and habits that make good leaders. This year, junior Ebony Allen was one of the honored attendees, this is what she had to say about her experience:

Cadet Chapel
The USAFA Cadet Chapel

"The experience I gained while at the Air Force Academy is one which I will never forget. Not only did I learn what life is like for a college student who is in the Air Force, but I learned valuable principles on how to tackle personal challenges (whether external or internal). I had the opportunity to listen to stories from military personnel, athletes, professors, anthropologist, former actors, cadets and other college students like myself that come from different colleges around the United States. Though I learned many things about myself and others while attending this conference, there are two things that stuck out to me the most. One thing is a quote I heard many times, 'service above self.' Two, that philosophy is a discipline that finds its way in the lives of people from all backgrounds, becoming the foundation to the values that many people hold. Whether from those who study philosophy or those who have never had a course in its teachings; philosophers such as Aristotle, Socrates, Mill and Kant were mentioned during the course of the conference. This is one reason why I love philosophy, philosophy continues to hold meaning in the way many people view life."

To find out more about NCLS, click here

Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship Program

The Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship Program is a strategic partnership between Augustana students and communities.

TMC-SRIP is for students completing their junior year at Augustana.  It is open to all majors.  This summer experience is a full-time, 10 week research internship at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  

Texas Medical Center consists of 49 member institutions, employs more than 93,500 people, and serves approximately 6 million patients.  It is the largest medical complex in the world. The heart of the program is located at two primary institutions: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor college of Medicine.

Previous Augustana students have been placed at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson  Cancer Center, one of the world's leading treatment and research centers; Texas Children's Hospital, an international leader in pediatric medicine; as well as Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, and the University of Texas Health Science Center's prestigious Center for Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care.

The Medical Center is home to 21,000 physicians, scientists, researchers, and other advanced degree professionals.  Over the past 5 years, it has received more than $3.5 billion in grants for research. 

Other Opportunities

  • Participate in Socratic Society of Augustana, which is Augustana's philosophy club
  • Be a senator for Student Government Association (SGA): One senator represents philosophy, history and religion department
  • Summer program for Women in Philosophy at University of California San Diego
  • Internship at Trinity Hospital
  • Study Abroad in Berlin
  • Attend a Freistat Center for Studies in World Peace Conference

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Socratic Society of Augustana

This group meets regularly to discuss a predetermined topic. Topics range from current ethical dilemmas to age-old philosophical problems. The goal of the Socratic Society is to engage students in critical thinking exercises that challenge habituated beliefs. While the discussions center on philosophic inquiry, in many cases this becomes a lens to view problems in other disciplines.
All majors are encouraged to attend as these meetings often become a forum for inter-disciplinary debate and a place to broaden social perspectives. Traditionally, a faculty advisor from the philosophy department attends the meetings and provides expert opinion regarding each reading; however, these meetings are largely student-led and highly participatory.
If you have an interest in joining the Socratic society, or would be interested in attending one of our meetings, please do not hesitate to contact us.

President: Mason Broxham - 

Vice President: Grace Vente - 

Advisor: Dr. Tim Bloser -

Phone: (309) 794-7269


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Augustana has many funding opportunities available to help finance special projects throughout a student's college career. The items listed below are only a starting point in finding ways to fund internships, research projects, and conference attendance.  

Augie Choice

Augie Choice guarantees students the opportunity for the kinds of learning that will make them stand out when they start careers or go on to graduate school.  All students receive $2,000 to support a qualifying hands-on learning experience of their choice, such as international study, a service-learning project, research or an internship.  For more information, please go to:

William A. Freistat Grant

Established in 1992, The Freistat Chair for Studies in World Peace was established by William F. Freistat, of Piedmont, Calif., Augustana alumnus and retired Kaiser Industries executive.  The Freistat Chair supports multi-disciplinary involvement in peace studies and furthers the development of the Peace Studies program at Augustana through research, seminars, lectures and forums.  It is held through sequential appointments of faculty members, each for a specified term. For more information, please go to:

Hasselmo Prize for Academic Pursuit 

Established by Dr. Nils Hasselmo, Class of 1957, in recognition of the ways in which his Augustana education both informed and transformed his life and vocational calling. To be used to fund a yearly prize to enrich the experience of a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and who expresses intent to pursue higher education teaching and/or research as a vocation. This is not an endowed fund but the prize offers $5,000 to each recipient. This new award has one winner per year. Students are nominated by department chairpersons for this award.  For more information, please go to:

Evelyn E. Nicholson Academic Venture Fund

Established by Evelyn E. Nicholson, Class of 1950, in recognition of the importance of student and faculty
research, and the College's creative, innovative and dedicated faculty. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for and encourage faculty and student research, and innovative program development that further distinguish Augustana's academic program and standing. For more information please go to:

Augustana Student Research Committee

The Augustana Student Research/Inquiry Committee has established a program to encourage and underwrite the participation of students in professional conferences. A requirement for applying for funding is that the student be a formal presenter (for example a paper, report or poster) based on a research project conducted by the student under the supervision of an Augustana faculty member.

Monies granted to a student through this program may be used for conference registration, travel and housing at the conference. Reimbursements for food and incidental expenses are not included. It is expected that this request is made for funds needed in addition to any that are available through your department. For more information please click here.

Alumni Departmental Assistantship Award

Provides funding for an outstanding student to work closely on a research project with a member of the Augustana College faculty. For more information please go to:

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Careers in Philosophy

  • Law
  • Profession in Medicine
  • Profession in Ethics
  • Health Care Professions
  • Local, State and Federal Government
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Religious Professions
  • Education/Academics
  • Science
  • Communications
    • Publisher
    • Public Relations Director
    • Journalism
  • Non-Profit Work
  • Labor Relations
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Computer Science and Information Technology Services

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