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.
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.