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American Culture Exploration Certificate

Finalized May 2017

Advisor: DANNY KIM

Coordinator, International Student Life

The Certificate in American Culture Exploration (ACE) is designed for international students who come to Augustana College for one year.  The purpose of the ACE certificate is to acknowledge international students who desire to focus their academic career on the study of culture in the United States.  By following a curriculum with various interdisciplinary options, the ACE certificate will provide students the opportunity to develop a more thorough understanding of American culture.

International students who spend one year on campus come through various institutions such as (Fulbright, Swedish-American Foundation)and exchange agreements (Uppsala, Kobe City University).  After satisfactory completion of the following requirements, these students will receive the ACE certificate verifying their successful completion of this curriculum.

Completion Requirements:

  • International students must successfully complete ENGL 120, a 3 credit course specifically designed for international students.
  • A minimum of 9 additional credits taken from the approved list of courses.*
  • Complete 3 terms (one year) of coursework in good standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.       
  • Application to receive the ACE Certificate must be completed no later than the conclusion of Exam Week of Winter Term. 

Applications are available in the Office of the Registrar, Founders Hall  

Take nine credits from:

  • ANTH 210 Popular Culture (offered alternate years)
  • ARHI 368 American Art
  • COMM 212 Advertising and Social Influence
  • COMM 330 Intercultural Communication
  • EDUC 219 Urban Education: A Clash of Cultures and Values
  • ENGL 237 Introduction to African American Literature
  • ENGL 376 American Literature 1620-Present
  • ENGL 332 Adolescent Literature
  • ENGL 361 Contemporary African-American Literature
  • ENGL 362 Modernism in American Literature
  • ENGL 365 Early American Literature (pre-20th century)
  • FAMS 210 Family life
  • GEOG 210 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 339 Historical Geography of the United States (offered alternative years)
  • HIST 130 Problems in American History 1492-1865
  • HIST 131 Problems in American History 1865-1945
  • HIST 132 Problems in American History 1945-Present
  • HIST 331 American Revolution
  • HIST 334 Social & Cultural History of Modern United States
  • HIST 335 The West in American History & Culture
  • HIST 336 American Indians & Their Interpreters
  • HIST 337 Foreign Relations of the United States
  • HIST 338 The Sixties
  • HIST 342 Women in the U.S. 1800-Present
  • HIST 371 Illinois History
  • HIST 373 African-American History
  • MUSC 315 Music in American History
  • MUSC 316 African-American Music
  • POLS 101 American Government
  • POLS 102 American Government: Public Policy
  • POLS 250 State & Local Government
  • POLS 260 The Legal System
  • POLS 301 American Parties & Politics
  • POLS 320 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 338 The American Presidency
  • POLS 355 Women & Policy
  • POLS 385 Race, Wealth, Inequality in American Politics
  • RELG 201 American Christianities
  • RELG 363 American Catholicism
  • RELG 392 Women in American Religions
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 200 Marriage and Family
  • SOC 321 American Race & Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 361 Crime and Society
  • WGST 201 Women and Change in the United States
  • WGST 302 Masculinity in American Culture

*Please note that not all classes are offered every year and students should begin planning for their courses as soon as they arrive on campus. Students may petition for substitutions to the requirements listed in the nine additional credits by petitioning the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees.  The petition must be submitted prior to the student's registration time adn prior to the program application deadline noted above.

For a complete list of the college policies and guidelines about certificates, see the catalog section on Organization of the Curriculum