Program Information

Philosophy and Religion is a component of Augustana's Ethics & Global Studies program. For more information on specific courses and program requirements, check the Augustana Faculty's sections in the Academic Calendar.

Learning Outcomes

Our graduates are critical thinkers, inquisitive researchers, and cogent communicators. These skills are evident in the following ways.

Receptive to deeper levels of human experience and multiple modes of interacting with the world.

Indicators of Achievement:

  • Distinguish between various ways of knowing
  • Identify various philosophical and religious contemplative traditions
  • Place their own modes of interacting with the world among an array of others.

Knowledgeable about the richness of the philosophical and religious traditions that wrestle with the enduring human questions about the true, the good, and the beautiful, and appreciate their relevance for trying to answer those same questions today.

Indicators of Achievement:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with foundational religious and philosophical texts both east and west
  • Compare and contrast key philosophical and religious themes across an array of culturally diverse traditions
  • Demonstrate familiarity with ongoing debates concerning origins and evolving changes within religious and philosophical traditions

Understand the role religious and philosophical allegiances play in shaping international struggles.

Indicators of Achievement:

  • Critique oversimplified accounts of current movements and events.
  • Evaluate sources which provide insights into the religious and philosophical underpinnings of current movements and events.
  • Recognize religious and philosophical underpinnings of global conflicts

Aware that care for a particular people, community, and piece of nature is a solid grounding for clear thinking and action.

Indicators of Achievement:

  • Engage with individuals who reflect and act on their commitments
  • Use their own commitments as sources of reflection and contemplation
  • Demonstrate a capacity for an action/reflection model of learning

Know the limits of their own knowledge and the need to nurture an enquiring mind.

Indicators of Achievement:

  • Open to other modes of knowing than their own most commonly used mode
  • Aware that all accumulated scientific and scholarly knowledge does not begin to map the complex web of life
  • Inspired to read, engage in conversations, and understand contemporary issues from different perspectives in an ongoing way