Program Information

Augustana offers:

  • A major in History (BA)
    • 9 credits in AUHIS 104, 105 and 190
    • 6 credits in AUHIS 260 and 261
    • 3 credits in AUHIS 480
    • 3 additional credits at the 400 level
    • 21 additional senior credits in History, including at least 9 at the 300 level or above

Within the above, 3 credits from each of three of the following fields of History: Ancient, Canadian, European, Latin American, United States, Women's.

  • A minor in History (BA, BSc, BMgt, BMus)
    • 3 credits in History at the 300 or 400 level
    • 6 senior credits in History
    • 9 additional credits in History
    • a minimum of 3 credits from each of the following fields of History: Ancient, Canadian, European, Latin American, United States, Women's
A photo of Professor Rani Palo teaching a classFor specific information on requirements for a Major in History or a Minor in History, please review Augustana's sections of the current Academic Calendar.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Our students are competent researchers who are able to:
    • Work independently with a variety of sources and assemble a comprehensive body of evidence on specific topics
    • Distinguish between primary and secondary evidence
    • Formulate a research question and thesis, and develop an appropriate method for answering that question
    • Synthesize and analyze the existing literature on a topic
    • Construct a convincing, logical and evidence-based argument


  1. Our students are effective communicators who are able to:
    • Communicate their results effectively through a variety of media, including written reports and essays; digital media; and through oral presentations
    • Work effectively with their peers
    • Articulate and defend their position in class discussions


  1. Our students are critical thinkers who are able to:
    • Understand history as a “science” of interpretation
    • Evaluate and compare a variety of sources and evidence
    • Identify different historical approaches and methodologies, and articulate their strengths and weaknesses
    • Understand change within a broad historical context
    • Recognize and accept ambiguity in opposing viewpoints


  1. Our students are engaged citizens, who are able to:
    • Understand the social, economic and political context within which they live and work, and the relevance of history in understanding that context
    • Participate in the life of the university campus