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The Academic Program

As an incoming student, your class choices will depend heavily upon your interests, experiences, and ambitions. But almost certainly, your coursework will combine parts of the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum with some exploratory steps towards a major. 

This page contains a description of the Core Curriculum. If you are interested in what you might be taking in the fall, click here.  If you would like to see the Academic calendar for 2015-2016, click here.

Augustana's Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum requires you to take a range of classes, many in your first and second year, in order to improve your foundational skills (reading, writing, critical thinking, etc...) and increase your breadth of experience. The major parts of the curriculum include:

The Liberal Studies First Year Program

During your first three terms, you will enroll in either the First Year Liberal Studies sequence or in one of two honors programs (Foundations or Logos). Those students taking the Liberal Studies program will enroll in a sequence of three courses that are designed to help you develop as an active, critical learner and to develop skills that will provide the foundation for your further study at Augustana. Although the First Year Liberal Studies courses are taught by faculty from many different disciplines, all will 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.

If you have been accepted to the Foundations or Logos programs you will have a specialized first-year curriculum prepared by the honors faculty and program directors. For more information about these programs, please contact Eric Stewart, the Director of the Honors program, at

Before the completion of the sophomore year you will also select one course from a menu of classes which examines an aspect of Christian traditions. You may elect to take this course beginning in the winter term of your first year, upon successful completion of LSFY 101 Rhetoric and the Liberal Arts.

Learning Perspectives

To assure that students receive a well-rounded education in the liberal arts, the Core Curriculum also exposes Augustana students to perspectives on the past, the arts, the individuals and society, literature, the natural world, and human values. These learning perspectives (LPs) will introduce students to the questions and possible answers each field explores, and will examine how knowledge in a variety of areas is discovered or created. Many LP requirements also fulfill requirements in the major. As a first year student, you will probably take a number of courses that fulfill these Learning Perspective requirements.

Foreign Language

Each student needs to either complete the first year of a college-level foreign language, or demonstrate an equivalent proficiency in a foreign language. At Augustana, this means you will need to complete the third term of the language (Spanish 103, German 103, etc...).  If you have completed through the fourth year of a language at the high school level, have scored a 4 or above on a language AP test, or have placed into a 201 or higher class on an Augustana placement exam, you may have already fulfilled the foreign language requirement. For more information on foreign language placement, click here.

Beyond the first year

Your first year Liberal Studies courses will provide a solid foundation for your continuing education at Augustana. The skills you will acquire will prove useful in courses for your major, other Core requirements, and other electives that provide multiple perspectives on a wide variety of subjects.

The faculty at Augustana believe that the combination of Core courses, major requirements and elective courses will make our students well-rounded, well-educated individuals, with the knowledge and skills base to serve them well. Your first year is designed to lay the foundation for this academic journey.