Augustana offers a 28-credit major in religion, an 18-credit minor in religion, and a pre-seminary advising program.
As in other pre-professional studies, pre-seminary students complete requirements for the bachelor of arts before applying to seminary or divinity schools. These schools look for a strong liberal arts background including coursework in religion, philosophy, English, music, Greek, sociology and other disciplines. Augustana pre-seminary students usually major in religion.
The college also offers a related minor in ethics, with a curriculum and faculty based in religion and philosophy, and a minor in Greek for New Testament studies, based in the classics department.
Augustana’s liberal arts environment is ideal for religious studies. Courses in the department also connect to the college’s programs in Africana studies, anthropology, Asian studies, business, classics, education, pre-medicine, music, and women’s and gender studies.
Students of religion gain perspective on the religious, theological and ethical issues of human life. They learn about religious meanings, practices and beliefs, and the questions of existence and values found in diverse traditions.
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Augustana's liberal arts environment is ideal for religious studies. Courses in the department connect to the college's programs in Africana studies, anthropology, Asian studies, business, classics, education, pre-medicine, music, and women's and gender studies.
Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Augustana welcomes all faiths. The broad range of religious thought on campus is reflected in its many student groups, which include the Catholic Organization for Religious Experience, Hillel (Jewish student group), the Muslim Student Organization, and Interfaith Understanding.
The size and diversity of the Quad Cities are an advantage, offering access to communities representing all of the world’s primary faith traditions, and opportunities for out-of-class service learning, such as tutoring, leading youth groups or activities, and working with social organizations.
Augustana’s many and far-ranging study-away programs include the religion course Faiths in Dialogue, which spends two weeks in Rome and Vatican City, and a five-week program in Holden Village, a remote religious community in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. At Holden, students study religion, ecology and U.S. history. Students generally use their Augie Choice $2,000 for study-away travel expenses, research or an internship.