ARR Section Descriptions

Academic Advisement

This section explains who you need to contact if you have course registration questions.

Program Specific Information

This section explains if you have met your current major and minor requirements. Since you are a new student, you will have not met this requirement yet. However, by the end of your degree, your major and minor requirements will be satisfied. When a requirement is satisfied, it will be written in green. If you have not yet met a requirement, it will be written in red.

Current Registrations

This section shows your current registration once you enrol in courses.

Major Requirement

This section will explain all of the courses required for your major. As a first-year student, you will want to pay attention to, and make note of, the 100-level courses required.

What if I am an Undeclared major? 

  • If you are undecided, plan to take all the recommended first-year courses for your top two or three choices of major. That way, when you declare a major in your second year, you will not be behind in your selected program.
  • You can use the “What-if Report” in Bear Tracks to see which classes are needed for certain majors and/or minors that are not on your application.
  • To access your “What-If-Report”, please follow these steps in Bear Tracks:
    1. On the left hand side in the grey column, under Academics, click on What-if Report. Be sure to choose an Augustana Program. All Augustana programs will have a prefix of “AU”:
      • AU-Bachelor of Science.
      • AU-Bachelor of Arts
      • AU-Bachelor of Music
      • AU-Bachelor of Management
      • AU-BSc/Bed (Secondary)

    2. Once you have selected your program, you can select your desired major and optional minor. The system will then generate a report based on the program, major, and minor you have selected.

Major Supporting Courses

Depending on your major, you may not have this section. As a first-year student, you will want to pay attention to the 100-level courses required and add them to your schedule.

Minor Requirement

A minor is optional for your degree. If you declared a minor on your application, this section will show the courses required for your minor. Once again, you will want to pay attention to the 100-level courses required for your minor.

Augustana Core: Foundation

The Foundation aspect of the Core is met by taking a First Year Seminar (FYS) course. You should enrol in AUIDS 101 in the Fall 3-week session. After you are enrolled in this course, you will receive an email (over the summer) with instructions on how to select your preferred FYS topic choices.

Augustana Core: Engagement

Augustana students are required to choose from at least three of the following five categories, with no more than 6 credits in each category:

  • Creative and Imaginative Processes
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Diversity and Global Studies
  • Experiential Learning
  • Integrating Knowledge

Augustana Core: Knowledge

Throughout your degree at Augustana, you will be required to take 6 credits of coursework in each of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences along with 3 credits from the Fine Arts.

Please note: the Engagement and Knowledge requirements are to be fulfilled throughout your undergraduate degree. You are not expected to complete all of these requirements in your first year.

Elective (Option) Courses

These courses will make up the remainder of your degree requirements. When building your schedule, you will want to focus on adding courses in the following order: the Foundation Core requirements, Major requirements, supporting courses for your Major, Minor requirements, and then the Core (Engagement and Knowledge). If after you have added all of the above courses you still have space in your schedule, you can look at adding some option courses. Do not hesitate to take something completely different from your major or minor. In all likelihood, it will fit somewhere into your Augustana Core requirements – but even if it does not, it will help you fill up the 120 credits you need to complete your degree. Do not be afraid to try something new!

Summary of Degree

This section provides a summary of where you are standing in terms of meeting the requirements for your degree. If you are a transfer student, this section will show how many credits you have earned from your previous post-secondary institution. Once you have completed some courses, it will also let you know what your current Grade Point Average is. If you have questions about the additional requirements or anything in the ARR, please contact your Admissions Advisor.