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Interdisciplinary Honors Minor

Augustana’s interdisciplinary honors minor is a competitive academic minor program. All first-year and transfer students are eligible to apply if they have attained a B+ or higher after a semester in the first-year honors (FYH) or first-year inquiry (FYI) sequences, or in the equivalent transfer course.

The minor consists of four 4-credit courses plus a capstone. Each of the four courses also fulfills certain learning perspectives required to graduate. The final capstone may be tied to a student’s Senior Inquiry project in the major if the capstone project is interdisciplinary and approved by the student’s major department.

The program advisor is Dr. Eric Stewart, associate professor of religion, 309-794-7286.


HONR-201 Nature (4 credits; PH)
From environmental studies to philosophical considerations of the cosmos, this course investigates interactions between humans and their physical surroundings. The role of humans in a complicated universe they strive to understand and a world they try to inhabit ethically is the central concern of this team-taught course.

HONR-202 Reason (4 credits; REF)
This class examines the role of reason in the history of human intellectual pursuits. The limits of sensory perception, the function of belief in the supernatural, the ability to know with certainty, and the place of religion in modern, science-driven societies are the most salient themes of this team-taught course.

HONR-301 Imagination (4 credits; PA,G)
An examination of the lives of extraordinary individuals whose vision set them apart from their communities.

HONR-302 Society (4 credits; PS,D)
This team-taught course examines the notion of common human living, exploring some or all of the following issues: ideal arrangements for human flourishing, methods for conflict reduction, governance, just distribution of resources, educational and legal systems, the interaction between dominant and marginal cultural groups, and analysis of past and future human societies.

HONR 400 Capstone (0-1 credit)
The honors capstone is the culmination of an honors student’s experiences, passions and interdisciplinary line of inquiry. While the format of the capstone is open, and can include a paper, social project, creative endeavor or performance, the final result must meet the expectations of the student’s designated capstone advisor, after a proposal has been approved by the HONR 400 instructor. With approval of the student’s major department(s), the capstone will be tied to Senior Inquiry. Capstone proposals undergo a review process before approval.

The Interdisciplinary Honors Minor is part of the Austin E. Knowlton Honors Program,  a sequence of interdisciplinary first-year honors courses.