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 FYI/FYH 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.
Majors, Minors, Departments and Progrmas of Study
Departments are groupings of faculty and disciplines that ascribe to a similar content area or pedagogy. A department may consist of a variety of programs of study (majors and minors). In addition, Augustana has several programs of study which have no "home" department because they are by design interdisciplinary. Descriptions of the organizational areas of the curriculum appear below.
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. All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for the major, including those outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. At least 12 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 a minimum of 24 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. A list of our programs and their speciﬁc requirements for each major are listed in the Courses and Programs of Study section of this catalog.
Areas of Study
Augustana offers a broad selection of coursework in areas of study where no major or minor is awarded, but complementary coursework is offered. These courses often provide students the opportunity for exploration within disciplines they hope to pursue in their graduate studies or potential career paths following completion of their degree program at Augustana.
The purpose of the Contract Major (CM) is to allow highly motivated students to follow a course of study outside the boundaries of established majors. In offering the option of a CM, the faculty of Augustana College encourages students to be creative in constructing their learning experiences. The CM allows students to draw upon the wealth of coursework offered at the College to develop a major that corresponds to their particular interests and goals. In addition, this program 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. Contract majors consist of a minimum of 28 credits and are represented by at least three different academic disciplines.
Students pursuing a degree and who have declared an academic major may elect to add a minor (or minors) to their degree pursuits under their major program of study if their schedule allows. 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. The minor must be completed with a grade-point average of 2.00 or better in all applicable Augustana courses. All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for the minor, including those outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the minor and will count in the grade point average. 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. For a list of minors and their speciﬁc requirements see the Courses and Programs of Study section of this catalog.
A student pursuing an Augustana experiential minor must meet all of the requirements of a minor noted above. These programs will demonstrate an academic value consistent with the mission, values and programs at Augustana. These experiential minors 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. Like other minors, experiential minors, are not stand-alone programs and cannot be pursued alone. These programs must be attached to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Experiential minors are distinct from disciplinary and interdisciplinary majors and minors in that they:
• Are focused on outcomes-based problem solving skills and/or use of specific practical knowledge that may meet future educational or career goals.
• Include a substantial experiential and/or experiential learning component beyond the borders of the classroom and/or campus.
Participation and completion requirements
• At least 75 percent of the credits applied to the program requirements must be taken at Augustana.
• Students must have declared an academic major before they can pursue an experiential minor and must complete the requirements for a degree to earn the experiential minor (unless enrolled in an approved one-year, international exchange program.)
• Include a reflective paper or culminating experience or project.
Experiential Minor 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 qualified staff 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 experiential minor programs are new at Augustana, there is a particular need to monitor developments and provide for adaptation based on experience. Accordingly, approval of experiential 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 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.
Experiential Minor Programs
Adopted by full faculty 12-7-17
NOTE: While the senior audit, program evaluation, academic support resources, as well as academic guidance from faculty and advisors are all available to every student at no additional cost, these resources are provided for use in planning only. It is the responsibility of the student to report any printed error to the Office of the Registrar within two semesters. The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student.