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Learn with us July 12-Aug. 13, 2021!

For-credit classes for high school juniors and seniors

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Augustana's Summer Academy will run from July 12-Aug. 13, 2021, for rising high school juniors and seniors. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive one college credit.

The cost for all classes is $220. Registration deadline has been extended to June 25.


• Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.7.

• Classes will be taught virtually through Google Meet, so students will need reliable internet service and a computer.

• As members of the Augustana College student body, participants will be required to adhere to the Honor Code of Augustana College.

For more information, contact coordinator Bonnie Jessee, 309-794-7395.


Note: You will need to know your current GPA, and have an electronic copy of your current high school transcript to attach to the application.


Plagues and Poxes — Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey

Wondering what lasting impacts there might be on human behaviors due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

In this class, we'll develop some possible answers by looking at past plagues and pandemics to understand the causative agents (viruses, bacteria), the routes of transmission (airborne droplets, carried by mosquitoes, contaminated food or water), and the behavioral changes that have happened throughout human history as we learned to deal with new infectious diseases.

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 7-8:15 p.m., from July 13-Aug. 5.

Logic for Life — Dr. Deke Gould

People give reasons for all sorts of things, often with the goal of getting you to change your mind about something. People give reasons for why you should accept some religious claim, or some political belief, or for why you should play some video game as opposed to some other, or why you should apply for a job — for almost anything.

Have you ever had the feeling that sometimes the reasons people are giving you just don’t “add up” in some fundamental way? Have you noticed that sometimes a person’s reasons, by contrast, really seem to succeed in proving their point?

In this class, we’ll study the tools from a systematic study of logic in order to identify what makes good reasoning good, and how to identify and avoid fallacious reasoning in everyday settings.

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. from July 12-Aug. 11.

Afrofuturism: From Beyonce to Wakanda — Dr. Lauryn Lehman

Afro-futurism is a genre of storytelling in which creators imagine and re-imagine the past, present, and future lives of Black communities. Together we will examine how Afro-futurism appears across a variety of popular culture media types, and how it challenges audiences' conceptualizations of race, gender, science, and history.

Specifically, we will discuss Afro-futurism as it appears in films such as Marvel's "Black Panther," comic books and music videos, among other forms.

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday 6-7 p.m., July 12-Aug. 11.

“Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Face”: What Survival Movies Teach about Handling Adversity — Dr. Lendol Calder

Nine survival films in five weeks: If you can learn how others have survived bears, storms, crevasses, kidnapping, being lost in space and all manner of ontological despair, I’m pretty sure you will handle anything college can throw at you.

Our question: In difficult, life-threatening situations, why do some fail while others prevail? We'll look for lessons and truths from the films we watch that apply to living well at college.

My qualifications: I have been attacked by a bear, plunged into a crevasse, rescued off a mountain peak by long-line from a helicopter, and parented five teenagers. I have skills.

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 7-8 p.m. from July 13-Aug. 12

Are Sci-Fi Movies Based on Science? — Dr. Nathan Frank

The purpose of this course is to watch four science fiction movies with the eye of a scientist. We will think about the movies in terms of what is confirmed science, is plausible, and what is completely impossible.

Get ready for time travel logical problems, artificial worlds, and disasters of epic proportions!

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 6-7 p.m. from July 13-Aug. 12.

Cancellation policy

Students will receive a full refund if a course is canceled, or if they cancel their registration before June 25, 2021.

Students who cancel after June 25 and before July 12, 2021, will be charged a $25 administrative fee.

Students who cancel on or after July 12, 2021 will not be entitled to a refund.

Students will not be entitled to a refund if they violate the Honor Code, do not attend classes or do not pass their classes.

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