About our Curriculum
Our Faculty’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences orients our programs toward a broad education realized through engagement, knowledge, and skills.
At Augustana, students integrate their learning with the complexities of local and global communities, both in the classroom and in the world. To achieve this degree of social and political engagement, Augustana students are required to take courses in 3 of the following 5 areas:
- Integrating Knowledge
- Environmental Sustainability
- Diversity & Global Studies
- Experiential Learning
- Creative & Imaginative Process
At Augustana, we embrace a liberal arts and sciences education that embodies many different ways of knowing. The ability to use a range of approaches to solve problems enables citizens to face the complexities of society with flexibility and innovation. Students achieve this breadth of knowledge by taking courses in each of the following areas:
- Fine Arts,
- Social Sciences, and
At Augustana, students acquire core academic skills through their major. These skills are the mark of a successful education and the very basis for continued learning. Therefore, Augustana deliberately sets for itself the goal that, upon graduation, all students will be equipped with a skill set of which they can be justifiably proud. Students find these skills possess immense practical value, enabling our graduates to make meaningful contributions to their communities and workplaces.
Augustana students are thinkers, researchers, and communicators.
Augustana’s Core consists of 36 cr in total. A single course may not fulfill more than one part of the Core in a student’s program of studies.
15 cr from the three of the following five categories with no more than 6 cr in any one category. Courses that satisfy the Engagement requirement may overlap with a student’s major. Specific courses for each area can be found in Augustana's Chart 1 in the University of Alberta Calendar.
- Integrating Knowledge: These courses focus on learning across disciplines. Among other things, students gain an understanding of modes of inquiry in different disciplines.
- Environmental Sustainability: These courses foster greater understanding and critical assessment of the relationship among environment, resources, and society. The interdisciplinary nature of this category allows the students to integrate knowledge to develop complex solutions to multifaceted problems.
- Diversity & Global Studies: In these courses students learn how to understand and function creatively within our diverse, complex and rapidly changing world and, not least, to contribute to a sustainable planetary future.
- Experiential Learning: These courses speak to the practical application of a Liberal Arts education as students take their learning out into the world beyond the academy.
- Creative & Imaginative Process: In these courses students participate in active learning that experientially engages some practice of artistic expression. In this category students are expected to be practitioners and not merely spectators.
21 cr distributed across the four areas. These courses cannot overlap with a student’s first major or credits that fill the Engagement portion of the core. Specific courses for each area can be found in the Section 56.2 of the University of Alberta Calendar.
- 3 cr Fine Arts,
- 6 cr Humanities,
- 6 cr Social Sciences, and
- 6 cr Science.
At Augustana, each major has a plan to support students' development of the key academic skills. There are no specific credit requirements, however each year faculty teaching in a major report on their students’ development of these skills.
As Thinkers they can
- read, view, listen, and reflect carefully and extensively;
- engage in issues from a variety of perspectives, cultures, or traditions; and
- approach problems using evidence, reasoning, and creativity.
As Researchers they can
- design and execute projects from conception to fruition;
- analyze and synthesize data, concepts, and ideas;
- assert their own perspective on a topic through argument, presentation, or interpretation; and
- employ information literacy skills to assemble and evaluate the most suitable materials.
As Communicators they can
- clearly convey ideas, creative work, and research in an artistic or scholarly manner;
- present information confidently, showing command of oral, digital, written, visual, or artistic expression;
- employ effective presentation and rhetorical strategies tailored to specific audiences; and
- write logically and grammatically.