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American Culture Exploration


Advisor: DANNY KIM
Assistant Director, Office of International Student Life

American Culture Exploration (ACE) is designed for international students who come to Augustana College for one year. The purpose of ACE is to acknowledge international students who desire to focus their academic career on the study of culture in the United States.

By following a curriculum with various interdisciplinary options, ACE will provide students the opportunity to develop a more thorough understanding of American culture.

International students who spend one year on campus come through various institutions such as (Fulbright, Swedish-American Foundation)and exchange agreements (Uppsala, Kobe City University). After satisfactory completion of the following requirements, these students will receive an acknowledgement verifying their successful completion of the ACE curriculum.

Completion requirements:

  • International students must successfully complete ENGL 120, a 3-credit course specifically designed for international students.
  • A minimum of 9 additional credits taken from the approved list of courses.*
  • Complete 3 terms (one year) of coursework in good standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Application to receive the ACE Certificate must be completed no later than the conclusion of Exam Week of Winter Term.

Applications are available in the Office of the Registrar, Founders Hall.

Take nine credits from:

ANTH 210 Popular Culture (offered alternate years)
ARHI 368 American Art
COMM 212 Advertising and Social Influence
COMM 330 Intercultural Communication
EDUC 219 Urban Education: A Clash of Cultures and Values
ENGL 237 Introduction to African American Literature
ENGL 376 American Literature 1620-Present
ENGL 332 Adolescent Literature
ENGL 361 Contemporary African-American Literature
ENGL 362 Modernism in American Literature
ENGL 365 Early American Literature (pre-20th century)
FAMS 210 Family life
GEOG 210 Cultural Geography
GEOG 339 Historical Geography of the United States (offered alternative years)
HIST 130 Problems in American History 1492-1865
HIST 131 Problems in American History 1865-1945
HIST 132 Problems in American History 1945-Present
HIST 331 American Revolution
HIST 334 Social & Cultural History of Modern United States
HIST 335 The West in American History & Culture
HIST 336 American Indians & Their Interpreters
HIST 337 Foreign Relations of the United States
HIST 338 The Sixties
HIST 342 Women in the U.S. 1800-Present
HIST 371 Illinois History
HIST 373 African-American History
MUSC 315 Music in American History
MUSC 316 African-American Music
POLS 101 American Government
POLS 102 American Government: Public Policy
POLS 250 State & Local Government
POLS 260 The Legal System
POLS 301 American Parties & Politics
POLS 320 American Foreign Policy
POLS 338 The American Presidency
POLS 355 Women & Policy
POLS 385 Race, Wealth, Inequality in American Politics
RELG 201 American Christianities
RELG 363 American Catholicism
RELG 392 Women in American Religions
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 200 Marriage and Family
SOC 321 American Race & Ethnic Relations
SOC 361 Crime and Society
WGST 201 Women and Change in the United States
WGST 302 Masculinity in American Culture

*Please note that not all classes are offered every year and students should begin planning for their courses as soon as they arrive on campus. Students may petition for substitutions to the requirements listed in the nine additional credits by petitioning the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees. The petition must be submitted prior to the student's registration time and prior to the program application deadline noted above.

For a complete list of the college policies and guidelines about experiential minors, see the catalog section on Organization of the Curriculum.