Studying Off Campus
Augustana University offers a number of off-campus study programs that will not only expand your horizon as a student, but also dovetail well into a sociology major. Off-campus study opportunities include:
The Sociology faculty strongly encourage sociology majors to participate in an internship, typically during your junior or senior year. Internships not only allow you to gain practical experience in your expected career field, but also provide opportunities to explore how sociological theories and methods of analysis apply in real-world career experiences. Students have interned with organizations such as:
- Lutheran Social Services Foster Care
- Lutheran Social Services Refugee Resettlement
- McCrossan Boy’s Ranch
- Sioux Falls Police Department
- Sioux Falls Department of Juvenile Corrections
- Sioux Falls Juvenile Detention Center
- Sioux Falls Multicultural Center
- U.S. Consular Office, Oslo, Norway
- Children’s Home Society
- Dougherty Hospice House
- Avera Behavioral Health
- Active Generations (senior citizen center)
- Bethany Christian Services (adoption)
- Touchmark at All Saints (senior retirement community)
Sociology internships are a great way to see firsthand how your classroom learning applies in career settings!
About 40% of Augustana graduates study abroad during their four years at Augustana University. Although you may not have considered it, the sociology faculty encourage all students to think seriously about spending an interim or semester studying in a different country. There are a host of short-term and semester long-opportunities for international study at Augustana — whether through the Upper-Midwest Association for Inter-Cultural Education (UMAIE), the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), or through the Augustana International Programs. Focusing on social justice issues, HECUA offers programs of study in international locations such as Northern Ireland, Scandinavia, Ecuador, and Eastern Europe. Because Augustana is a HECUA partner, your Augustana tuition will transfer directly to HECUA programs.
Study in Other Parts of the USA
Augustana students can also participation in a semester of education in our nation’s capital as part of the Lutheran College Washington Semester. HECUA is an urban studies program that gives Augustana students opportunities to study social justic and social policy in Minneapolis/St. Paul. And, given the loyalty of Augustana's alumni base, when students have a special interest in doing an internship in a particular area of the United States, alumni often welcome them and help them acquire internships.