The Augustana Core

Students at Augustana are encouraged to be creative and critical thinkers and to collaborate across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

Project-Based Core

Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, every student at Augustana will begin to fill a core set of courses designed to help them cultivate the skills necessary for excelling in future career markets and thinking critically about the world around them. These courses make up our Project-Based Core, where students will have the opportunity to work together to tackle real-world issues, or what we have termed "wicked problems", in partnership with community organizations, to help them develop not only as academics but as valuable employees and citizens.


The core is made up of four courses that build on each other so that students will learn the skills needed to get them to a final project starting in the very first year, in order to set them up for success. Students will have the opportunity to create their projects around an area of interest or passion and will also gain real working experience which will lead to a competitive advantage when applying for jobs and/or pre-professional programs after graduation.

For more information, contact an Admissions Advisor.

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AUIDS 101: Topics in Liberal Studies (First Year Seminar)


To consider a topic or question from multiple perspectives.

To develop skills to achieve at university.

3 credits

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AUIDS 201: Broadening Perspectives


To learn a topic and problem-solving approach through the perspective of a specific discipline.

Engage in a group-based project.

3 credits

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AUIDS 301: Community Partnership Project


Work with a small group on a specific problem posed by a real stakeholder.

Apply problem-solving process under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

6 credits

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AUIDS 401: Advanced Practice Project


Work with a small group on a larger, more comprehensive problem or issue.

To integrate skills in a student-directed initiative with faculty support.

3 credits