Programs of Study
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
52.4 Bachelor of Arts (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts degree consists of 120 arts and science, including at least 55 arts (see §55.2 Classification of Courses). The 120 in the program are made up of common liberal arts and sciences requirements, a major subject, an optional minor, and options, as follows:
Liberal arts and sciences common requirements
The liberal arts and sciences common requirements consist of two areas: 21 in Breadth and 15 in the Augustana Core. The same credit may not be counted twice in courses that relate to more than one category within these areas; that is, a total of 36 different credits must be earned to fulfill these requirements.
The 21 Breadth requirements consist of four different categories; credits counted towards these categories may not overlap with a student’s first major:
3 Fine Arts
6 Social sciences
For the actual classification of Augustana courses within these categories, see §55.2.
The Augustana Core requirements consist of five different categories. A student must complete 15 from at least three of the five categories with no more than 6 in any one category; courses which satisfy these requirements may overlap with a student’s major:
Major subject: 42-60 in one discipline (with the minimum number of credits specified by the discipline), including no more than 12 at the junior level (except when required in a discipline with a performance component or in an interdisciplinary program that requires junior courses from several different disciplines) and including a minimum of 9 at the 300- and 400-level, of which at least 3 must be at the 400-level. Normally no more than 60 in one discipline will be credited towards the degree. In some cases, a major may also require courses in one or more disciplines outside the major; these may be prerequisites for specific courses in the major and/or courses supporting the major in a more general way (up to a maximum of 24).
Note: A student should be aware that it may not be possible to complete certain combinations of majors, or combinations of majors and minors, without extending the time required to earn the degree.
Optional minor: A minimum of 18 in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, including at least 12 at the senior level.
Options: 3-21 (or more, depending on the amount of overlap between the core and the requirements for the major, and/or minor) of the student's choice (see §52.3). A student may choose to use options to work toward a minor, or second major but should be aware that a double major normally requires more than 120 in the degree program.
52.4.2 Residence Requirements
Students registered in a BA program must complete at least 60 credits offered by the Augustana Faculty at least 54 of which must be at the senior level. However, language or other study abroad may, with special permission of the Associate Dean, Academic Programs, count toward the residence requirement.