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Baccalaureate Degree Program



Augustana College offers the Bachelor of Arts degree. Requirements for the degree are listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog. For additional information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires study in courses representing a broad base of knowledge as well as coursework focused in a specific area. Electives may be taken according to an individual student’s interests or needs. The intent of the LIberal Arts Core Curriculum is to introduce students to college discourse and help them develop skills for their active participation in an academic community. The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum begins in the first year with LSFY and HONR courses, which count toward a student’s general studies requirements rather than the academic major or minor.

For the well-prepared student whose high school background includes four years of study in a foreign language, approximately 40 percent of the credits required for the Bachelor of Arts degree are in general education distribution and course requirements, one-third are elective, and one-third are in the student’s selected major. Students may earn minors in areas of study which complement or supplement the major. Credits which apply to minors are typically included in the elective credits and general education distribution credits.

The flexibility of Augustana’s graduation requirements permits students earning the liberal arts degree to build the foundation of special coursework necessary for application to graduate and pro­fes­sional schools, or for beginning a career upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.


Graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of a major. There are two types of majors —departmental and interdisciplinary—and many options within these. A major must be completed with a grade-point average of 2.00 or better in all Augustana courses. At least 9 credits applicable to the major must be in 300- and 400-level courses taken at Augustana. Applicable courses may not be taken Pass-No Credit unless approved by the appropriate department chair. The completion of a major is rec­orded on the student’s permanent academic record and transcript.

Departments offer majors consisting of 24 to 40 credits, often with options, and may offer a major for sec­on­dary school teaching. While the gen­eral requirements for the baccalaur­eate degree provide breadth of study in several disciplines, the major pro­vides depth of study and advanced work in one area. Specific requirements for each major are listed in the Courses and Programs of Study section of this catalog.


•·     Accounting

•·     Africana Studies

•·     Anthropology

•·     Applied Math

•·     Art

•·     Art Education*

•·     Art History

•·     Asian Studies**

•·     Biochemistry

•·     Biology

•·     Biology Education*

•·     Business Administration-Finance

•·     Business Administration-International Business

•·     Business Administration-Management

•·     Business Administration-Management Information Systems

•·     Business Administration-Marketing

•·     Chemistry

•·     Chemistry Education*

•·     Classics

•·     Classical Studies-Greek

•·     Classical Studies-Latin

•·     Communication-Language Arts Education*

•·     Communication Sciences and Disorders

•·     Communication Studies

•·     Computer Science

•·     Earth and Space Science Education*

•·     Economics

•·     Elementary Education*

•·     Engineering Physics**

•·     English

•·     English-Creative Writing

•·     English-Writing

•·     English and Language Arts Education*

•·     Environmental Studies**

•·     French

•·     French Education*

•·     Geography

•·     Geography Education*

•·     Geology

•·     German

•·     German Education*

•·     Graphic Design

•·     History

•·     History Honors

•·     History Education*

•·     International Business

•·     Mathematics

•·     Mathematics Education*

•·     Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication

•·     Music

•·     Music Education-Instrumental*

•·     Music Education-Voice*

•·     Music Performance-Composition

•·     Music Performance-Instrumental

•·     Music Performance-Vocal

•·     Music Performance-Piano

•·     Neuroscience**

•·     Philosophy

•·     Physics

•·     Physics Education*

•·     Political Science

•·     Pre-Medicine**

•·     Psychology

•·     Religion

•·     Scandinavian

•·     Sociology

•·     Sociology-Social Welfare

•·     Spanish

•·     Spanish Education*

•·     Spanish for Professional Use***

•·     Theatre Arts

•·     Women's and Gender Studies**

* Students interested in completing a secondary education teaching major should contact the education department during their first year of study.

** These programs are interdisciplinary majors, which include work in two or three departments-reflecting links among disciplines and strengthening advanced work in each. Interdisciplinary majors also meet the graduation requirements for a major. Specific requirements are found in the Courses and Programs of Study section of this catalog.

***This major may only be a second major combined with another major.

Contract Majors

Contract majors allow students to create a course of study outside department and interdisciplinary majors. Students must be in good standing, with an overall grade-point average of 3.30 or above at the time of application. Students must apply in writing to the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) by spring term of their sophomore year, prior to obtaining the final 60 credits for graduation. Proposals should be submitted no later than week 2 of spring term of the student's sophomore year to ensure that EPC can review and act on the proposal. Proposals submitted after week 2 may not be accepted, depending upon the schedule of EPC. The student must convince EPC that his or her major is a rigorous, coherent and focused area of study, and demonstrate how each course contributes to the major.

The student's major advisor must be from the department with the contract major's greatest number of credits. The advisor must write a brief statement of support, addressing the coursework and senior project and asserting his or her willingness to advise the student until graduation.

Contract majors consist of a minimum of 27 credits, 14 of which must be 300-level courses or above. At least three different academic disciplines must be represented. Students must propose and complete a senior project. This project must be proposed to a faculty panel of three, composed of the student's major advisor and two other faculty members from the disciplines that make up the major. A grade-point average of 2.00 or above in the major courses is required for graduation.

A checklist is available in the Office of the Registrar to help students process the proposal.


A broad selection of minors is available to complement or supplement work in a major. A minor also may be used to study an area which holds a special interest for the student. Specific requirements for minors are given in the Courses and Programs of Study section of this catalog. The minor must be completed with a grade-point average of 2.00 or better in all Augustana courses. At least 6 credits applicable to the minor must be 300- and 400- level courses taken at Augustana. Applicable courses may not be taken Pass-No Credit unless specific approval is granted by the advisor. The completion of a minor is recorded on the student's permanent academic record and transcript.

Most departments offer minors consisting of 17 to 24 credits for students who wish to concentrate in a second area. Minors are offered in the following:

  • Accounting
  • Africana Studies*
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies*
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies*
  • Ethics
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • Jazz (Music)
  • Latin American Studies*
  • Mathematics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies*
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Scandinavian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women's and Gender Studies*

* These interdisciplinary minors consist of at least 17 credits and include coordinated work in two or more departments. Since there is considerable flexibility in these minors, students should work closely with the advisor in making course selections.



Augustana certificate programs demonstrate an academic value consistent with the mission, values and programs at Augustana. These certificates are tied to the college-wide Student Learning Outcomes, respond to actual or potential demand and in instances where they are not tied to a major or other program, should have some sort of application process or entrance standards. Certificates are distinct from disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors and minors. This distinction might be manifested in terms of the students served by the program or in the nature of the academic content of the program. Certificates are not stand alone programs and cannot be pursued alone. These certificates must be attached to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

A. Certificates serve a subgroup of Augustana students whose needs are not met by majors and minors. This could include:

  • International students who enroll for at least one year and are non-degree seeking.
  • Augustana students who have completed the degree requirements but continue their Augustana experience to complete their professional credentials (such as Accounting majors who complete additional coursework for the CPA exam).

B. Programs that differ in content from traditional majors and minors in at least two of the following ways:

  • Are focused on outcomes-based problem solving skills and/or use of specific practical knowledge.
  • Include a substantial experiential learning component beyond the borders of the classroom and/or campus.
  • Meet industry/professional society/accreditation standards.

Participation and Completion Requirements

  • At least 75% of the credits applied to the certificate program requirements must be taken at Augustana.
  • Students must have a declared an academic major before they can pursue a certificate program and must complete the requirements for a degree to earn the certificate (unless enrolled in an approved one-year, international exchange program certificate.)
  • Include a reflective paper or culminating experience or project.

Certificate Proposals will

  • Include a clear statement of the purpose of the program and the anticipated benefits to the department(s), college, and students.
  • Identify target audience(s) and evidence of long term or short term need as appropriate.
  • Identify an academic team of faculty members or a department to house the program, provide administrative oversight and assure continuity.
  • Reflect consultation with appropriate colleagues to assure that this program will not impinge on the quality and availability of regular programs and opportunities for degree-seeking students. The proposal should be endorsed by all affected departments.
  • Establish the availability of resources needed to support the program, including the availability of staff who are qualified to teach the courses and supervise other activities.
  • Define standards of minimum success for students and point to how the quality of student experiences outside the classroom will be measured.
  • Propose arrangements for ongoing advising for students enrolled in the program.
  • Draw from courses regularly offered at the college and generally available to the student body, and that, whenever possible, apply toward requirements for graduation.

Assessment and Review

Because certificate programs are new at Augustana and rapidly evolving across academe, there is a particular need to monitor developments and provide for adaptation based on experience. Accordingly, approval of certificate programs will be contingent on an understanding that the programs will be submitted for renewal after a trial period of five years. The renewal process could lead to permanent approval of the program, extension of the trial period, a request for modifications, or other actions.

The renewal process would consider, among other things:

  • Evidence that the certificate program meets the learning goals of the program.
  • Evidence that the program is operating with sufficient interest from the students and sufficient support from the faculty, administration, and other stakeholders.
  • Evidence that the program has not had an adverse impact on other aspects of the college curriculum and has had a beneficial impact in terms of recruitment or post-graduate outcomes.
  • The evolution of certificate programs at other institutions and the perception of similar certificate programs by prospective students, employers, and other outside groups.


Current certificate programs:

Accounting Certificate (see Accounting program for details)

American Culture Exploration Certificate

Entrepreneurial Studies Certificate

Non-profit Leadership Development Certificate




Approved by full faculty 11-21-13