Augustana College - Rock Island, IL Augustana is a selective, private liberal arts and sciences college, founded in 1860 by Swedish settlers.

Nearly 90 majors and related areas of study in the arts and sciences and pre-professional programs, leading to the bachelor of arts.

A selective honors program with choice of one of two tracks: Foundations (humanities) or Logos (sciences). Distinguishing features of the academic program include the Senior Inquiry capstone and Augie Choice: $2,000 to support every student's internship, research with a professor or study abroad.

Nearly 40 percent of students double- or triple-major.


Augustana offers majors in music, music performance, voice, piano, instrumental music, composition and music education. Majors in music education may choose either a concentration in vocal music education or instrumental music education. The department also offers a minor in music and jazz.

The music education faculty has extensive experience in all facets of public school teaching, having tenure in both elementary and secondary music, as well as serving as music supervisors in outstanding music programs. The faculty remains active as conductors, performers, clinicians, and conference presenters nationwide.

The department provides performance opportunities, music classes, and lessons for both majors and non-majors. More than 600 students take advantage of the variety of opportunities in Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts each week.


Augustana offers a major and minor in studio art, a major in art education, and a major and minor in graphic design.
Studio art majors choose a focus in one of seven areas: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, fibers and printmaking.
Graphic design majors have a traditional fine arts foundation, which focuses on creative problem-solving. Courses in art history and a survey of contemporary graphic designers add perspective to the major.
Beginning classes have only 15-20 students, and upper-level courses are generally smaller. The close faculty-student relationship is especially important in hands on work such as studio art. Students in the department learn to express their ideas and emotions via the formal elements of art, while at the same time gaining an understanding of art's larger social and disciplinary contexts. International terms often include art classes in the curriculum.
Working closely with a faculty member, students integrate learning from throughout their liberal arts education to complete their project, which includes a written essay and public presentation. At the end of the capstone experience, students have a portfolio of work to use as they prepare for graduate school or employment.
Augustana sponsors an on-campus community program called Kaleidoscope, offering short-term art classes and workshops for children. Many art and art education students serve as teachers and aides for Kaleidoscope, gaining experience for their future work.


Augustana offers a major and minor in theatre arts with a choice of emphasis in performance, musical theatre, design and technology, or theatre history and research. Students of all majors, including first-years, may participate onstage or behind the scenes.
In 2016, Augustana's College Center will be transformed into a new performance facility inspired by New York City's Off-Broadway venue New World Stages. The new facility will include three performance spaces, a separate scene shop and state-of-the art lighting, sound and projection technology.
Qualified undergraduates often design lighting, scenery or sound for productions and serve as members of the production team, working alongside performance and design faculty. The department's size ensures close mentoring and support. Most classes in theatre arts enroll fewer than 30 students, and upper-division courses often cap at 12.
The performance season consists of a mainstage season (including an annual musical) and a studio season that is largely student produced, in a season that explores a certain topic or theme. Musicals frequently are done in conjunction with Opera @ Augustana. Theatre majors also produce an annual Festival of Short Plays. Performances span a wide range of genres and historical periods.


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