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Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the college in South Dakota. Augustana University is a private, Norwegian-heritage liberal arts university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The university identifies 1860 as the year of its founding, the same as its Rock Island, Illinois Swedish-heritage sister-school, Augustana College.
Augustana offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 50 major fields of study, as well as several pre-professional programs, most notably nursing. The institution traces its origin to 1835 when Scandinavian immigrants established the Hillsboro Academy in Hillsboro, Illinois. In 1846, the Academy became the Literary and Theological Institute of the Lutheran Church of the Far West before moving to Springfield, Illinois under the name Illinois State University. As the United States expanded westward during and after the American Civil War, pioneers moved the school to Paxton, Illinois in 1863.
The Lutheran Normal School opened in 1889 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, housed in what is now known as Old Main, with the purpose of educating teachers. City and business leaders lobbied for Augustana to relocate to Sioux Falls, and church leaders in 1918 merged the Lutheran Normal School and Augustana College in Canton under the name Augustana College and Normal School. Augustana draws its name from the origin of the Lutheran Church in the Augsburg Confession, written in 1530 during the Protestant Reformation. Augustana” stems from the document’s Latin name, Confessio Augustana. Augustana University offers 53 majors, 34 minors, and 15 pre-professional programs.
The top five most popular majors are nursing, biology, business administration, elementary education and psychology. The university’s curriculum is based on a calendar divided into two 15-week semesters, separated by an interim period of four weeks during January, as well as an optional summer term of eight weeks. Classes may be taken during the month of January. Graduation requires completion of 124 total credit hours, 59 of which are general education courses, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.
The Augustana Plan,” the name of the 59 credit core curriculum, is “designed to develop articulate communicators, competent writers, creative thinkers, skilled problem solvers, and ethically minded, responsible citizens of the world. 2011 academic year, Augustana reported its largest ever incoming class of international students.