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Advertising (B.A./B.S.)
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  • From billboards to television to social media, advertising is everywhere.

    In today’s evolving media landscape, advertising professionals must be more creative and strategic than ever. In this program, you will develop a versatile set of skills in writing, promotion, business, marketing, graphic design and digital media. A major in advertising will prepare students with effective written and visual communication, critical thinking, strategy, design, and research skills. Graduates gain experience working on teams to develop solutions for applied projects, clients, and competitive campaigns.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are a creative thinker
    • Like graphic design, writing, and/or social media
    • Are a good problem solver
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Like working in fast-paced environment
  • Career Opportunities
    • Advertising account manager
    • Sales representative
    • Copywriter
    • Brand manager
    • Creative director
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    • Lemonly
    • Lawrence and Schiller
    • Avera Marketing
    • Daktronics
    • Fresh Produce
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
    • Hitch Studio
    • SDN Communications
    • Lemonly
    • 9 Clouds
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Advertising Club
    • Journalism Club
    • South Dakota Advertising Federation
    • Alpha Delta Sigma Honor Society
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Graphic Design
    • Experiential Learning
    • Animation
    • Printmaking
    • Theatre Arts Administration
  • Suggested Minors
    • Studio Arts
    • Social Media
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Leadership
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (B.S.)
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  • Become a problem-solver for agribusiness.

    Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is for those who want to shape the future of agriculture and who have an interest in engineering, mathematics, physics and other subjects in basic engineering and sciences. Engineers work in design, testing, research and development, management, and administration.

    There is high demand for ABE graduates with training in both physical and biological sciences. Employment opportunities include but are not limited to machinery companies, commercial and agricultural building manufacturers, consulting firms, energy-related firms and agencies, and educational, research and development organizations.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are curious about how things work
    • Are comfortable with math and sciences
    • Like the idea of inventing creative new solutions to real problems
    • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Career Opportunities
    • Designing and managing food production systems
    • Designing ag equipment, animal production facilities and environmental control systems
    • Protecting surface and ground water quality
    • Developing and managing bioprocessing systems
    • Designing natural resource management systems
  • Recent Employers
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    • Land O'Lakes
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    • Raven Industries
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
    • Bobcat
    • Kraft Foods
    • Purina
    • USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS)
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Student Branch
    • Quarter Scale Tractor Team
    • Joint Engineering Council
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Engineering Graphics
  • Suggested Minors
    • Agricultural Business
    • Mathematics
    • Applied Statistics
    • Software Engineering
Agricultural & Resource Economics (B.S.)
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  • Agricultural and Resource Economics extends core classes with in-depth analysis of local, national and global economic issues. Coursework focuses on topics relating to agricultural research, government policy, international trade and development, environmental research and analysis. Graduates tend to work as an extension specialist, commodity broker, ag statistician, or go into graduate studies.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy math and working with numbers
    • Involved in 4-H, FFA or other agriculture-related activities
    • Interested in agriculture and environmental policy analysis
    • Enjoy research and theory
    • Interested in graduate or law school
  • Career Opportunities
    • Agricultural Research
    • Agricultural Finance
    • Commodity Trader
    • Graduate Study
    • Policy/International Trade
  • Recent Employers
    • Farm Credit Services of America
    • First Dakota National Bank
    • ProAg Crop Insurance
    • USDA Farm Service Agency
    • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Farm Credit Services of America
    • First Dakota National Bank
    • SD Governor's Office of Economics Development (GOED)
    • USDA Farm Service Agency
    • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Economics Club
    • National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)
    • Investment Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Accounting
    • Agricultural Marketing
    • Legal Studies
    • Applied Statistics
    • Any production ag minor
Agricultural Business (B.S.)
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  • Agricultural Business blends general business training with specialized coursework in the agricultural industry and agricultural marketing to prepare students for careers in 21st century agribusiness. Coursework focuses on the following agriculture topics: management, marketing, finance and policy. Agricultural Business majors tend to work for agricultural lenders, local cooperatives, implement companies, etc. in roles like commodity merchandiser and farm management specialist.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy both business and agriculture
    • Involved in 4-H, FFA or other agriculture-related activities
    • Interested in agriculture, food or natural resource industries
    • Want a variety of ag-related career options
    • Interested in farming, ranching or land
  • Career Opportunities
    • Financial Services
    • Sales
    • Commodity Trading/Marketing
    • Agribusiness Manager
    • Production Agriculture
  • Recent Employers
    • CHS, Inc.
    • Dacotah Bank
    • Hormel Foods
    • Hurley & Associates
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  • Internship Opportunities
    • DuPont Pioneer
    • Farm Credit Services of America
    • Hefty Seed Company
    • Prairie Ag Partners
    • SD Wheat Growers
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Economics Club
    • National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)
    • Investment Club
    • Finance Insurance & Real Estate (FIRE)
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
    • Experiential Learning
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Accounting
    • Agricultural Marketing
    • Banking and Financial Services (available online through Northern State University)
    • Entrepreneurial Studies
    • Any produciton ag minor
Agricultural Education, Communication & Leadership (B.S.) - Agricultural Education Specialization
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  • Inspire future generations of agriculturalists.

    Agriculture Education graduates are prepared for careers teaching agriculture, food and natural resources content. Graduates will qualify for a secondary teaching certificate and will also be prepared for a variety of careers in the agriculture industry.

    Teaching agriculture and providing leadership for a local FFA chapter is a very rewarding and promising profession. A National shortage of agricultural educators, extending to many states across the country, means that numerous positions are available each year. 

  • Is this for you?
    • Interested in teaching agriculture and serving as an FFA Advisor
    • Are involved in 4-H, FFA, or other agricultural activities
    • Possess strong leadership and communication skills
    • Want to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the future of agriculture; Interested in mentoring or working with youth
    • Have an interest in multiple aspects of agriculture
  • Career Opportunities
    • High School Agricultural Education Teacher
    • 4-H Youth Programs
    • Extension Services
    • Non-profit Organizations
    • Ag Sales Representative
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • SDSU Extension
    • SD Technical Institutes
    • Central Valley Cooperative
  • Internship Opportunities
    • SDSU Extension and 4-H
    • University of Minnesota Extension
    • Pipestone National Monument
    • Land O' Lakes
    • New Fashion Pork
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Collegiate FFA/Ag Education Club
    • Agriculture Future of America (AFA)
    • Collegiate 4-H
    • Little International
    • Block and Bridle
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Swine Sciences
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
  • Suggested Minors
    • Animal Science
    • Agricultural Business
    • Agronomy
    • Horticulture
Agricultural Education, Communication & Leadership (B.S.) - Communication Specialization
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  • Advocate for agriculture.

    Agriculture communication graduates have a broad understanding of global challenges and issues related to food systems and agriculture and the ability to communicate these topics through their journalism training. They hold a wide variety of communications related positions in agribusiness, advertising, marketing, news media, and public relations. 

  • Is this for you?
    • Are involved in 4-H, FFA, or other agricultural activities
    • Demonstrate strong written or oral communication skills
    • Are passionate about educating the public and advocating for agriculture
    • Express yourself in a creative or artistic manner
    • Interested in advertising, public relations, graphic design, or social media
  • Career Opportunities
    • Marketing and communications
    • Magazine
    • Journalist
    • Social Media and Public Relations specialist
    • Advertising agencies
  • Recent Employers
    • John Deere
    • Paulson Advertising
    • VistaCom
    • BEEF magazine
    • Accelerated Genetics
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Certified Angus Beef
    • South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
    • American Simmental Association
    • Minnesota Holstein Association
    • University of Minnesota 4-H Extension
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Ag Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT)
    • Collegiate 4-H
    • Little International
    • Ag-Bio Ambassadors
    • Agriculture Future of America (AFA)
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Graphic Design
    • Swine Science
  • Suggested Minors
    • Animal Science
    • Agricultural Business
    • Advertising
    • Social Media
    • Communication Studies
Agricultural Education, Communication & Leadership (B.S.) - Leadership Specialization
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  • Serve as a leader in the Agriculture and Food Industry.

    The Leadership Specialization requires courses in leadership skills development, basic science and agriculture. It allows considerable flexibility for students to choose supporting elective courses.

    Graduates of the leadership specialization will pursue careers of service to such entities as agricultural commodity organizations, breed associations, community development organizations, government and businesses.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are involved in 4-H, FFA, or other agricultural activities
    • Work well independently and with a team; strong interpersonal communication skills
    • Seek flexibility in a program to pursue multiple interests
    • Are passionate about community development, ag policy, public service, or non-profit work
    • Consider yourself a leader and like to be active in your community
  • Career Opportunities
    • 4-H Youth Program Coordinator
    • Policy/Legislative
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Agribusiness
    • Commodity or Breed Organizations
  • Recent Employers
    • American Angus Association
    • South Dakota Wheat Growers
    • SD, MN, and ND 4-H Extension Services
    • First National Bank, Ag Lending
    • Cargill
  • Internship Opportunities
    • National Pork Board
    • SD Soybean Processors
    • SD Department of Education
    • Pine Ridge Area Extension
    • FCS
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Agriculture Future of America (AFA)
    • Collegiate FFA/Ag Education Club
    • Collegiate 4-H
    • Little International
    • Ag Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT)
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
    • Swine Science
  • Suggested Minors
    • Animal Science
    • Agricultural Business
    • Agricultural Marketing
    • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Advertising
Agricultural Science (A.S.)
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  • Focused curriculum in agriculture.

    Agricultural Science offers students a practical introductory education in agriculture. The foundational understanding of agriculture allows graduates of our Associate degree program to qualify for career opportunities in production agriculture or entry level business and sales positions. Students within this program are able to transition into a bachelor degree program without transferring institutions. 

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working in production agriculture.
    • Want flexibility in your education with a shorter timeline to degree completion.
    • Are interested in a 2-year degree while gaining the University experience, with the option of easily transitioning into a bachelor degree program.
    • Want to work outdoors; enjoy hands-on active learning.
    • Have an interest in learning agricultural practices to improve production agriculture.
  • Career Opportunities
    • Production Agriculture (Farmer/Rancher)
    • Local cooperative employee
    • Farmhand
    • Animal technician
    • Entrepreneur
  • Recent Employers
    • Family Farm
    • Christensen Farms
    • Seed companies
    • Harvest Land Cooperative
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Centrol Crop Consulting
    • Great Plains Zoo
    • Archer Co-op Grain, Co.
    • Syngenta
    • Farmers coop association
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Collegiate 4-H or FFA
    • Agronomy and Conservation Club
    • Judging Teams
    • Block and Bridle
    • Little International
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Swine Science
Agricultural Science (B.S.)
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  • Flexible program providing a competitive edge in agriculture.

    Agricultural Science offers students a practical, well-rounded education in agriculture. Because of their comprehensive background, Ag Science majors are placed in a wide variety of professional capacities in the agricultural industry, including sales, business, management, and production.

    Specific positions are determined in part by students’ academic coursework, internships, work experiences, and extracurricular involvement.

    Often students seek this major because of a career goal to own or operate a farm or ranch. Additionally, students frequently select this major to explore their interest in agriculture.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working in production agriculture.
    • Want flexibility in your education.
    • Seek broad understanding of various aspects of agriculture with the opportunity to complete multiple academic minors.
    • Want to work outdoors; enjoy hands-on active learning.
    • Have an interest in science in the agriculture industry; want to explore different career paths.
  • Career Opportunities
    • Production Agriculture (Farmer/Rancher)
    • Agricultural Sales
    • Agronomist
    • Farm Manager
    • Entrepreneur
  • Recent Employers
    • Family Farm
    • SD Wheat Growers
    • CHS
    • Pioneer
    • Christensen Farms & Feedlots Inc.
  • Internship Opportunities
    • JBS
    • New Fashion Pork
    • Monsanto
    • Cargill
    • Winfield Solutions
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Collegiate 4-H or FFA
    • Agronomy and Conservation Club
    • Judging Teams
    • Block and Bridle
    • Little International
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Swine Science
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
  • Suggested Minors
    • Animal Science
    • Agronomy
    • Agricultural Business or Agricultural Marketing
    • Precision Agriculture
    • Range Science
Agricultural Systems Technology (B.S.)
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  • Improve modern agriculture.

    Agricultural Systems Technology is the study of agricultural equipment, facilities, and techniques that allow for efficient production in the agriculture industry. Agricultural Systems Technology offers a diverse preparation for a host of careers with placement rates for recent graduates at near 100%.

    The Agricultural Systems Technology program at South Dakota State University provides students with knowledge and the managerial, leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills to be highly successful.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have an inquisitive mind and are curious about how things work
    • Interested in the agricultural industry
    • Enjoy working with computers and technology
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Comfortable with math and sciences
  • Career Opportunities
    • Ag Equipment Manufacturing
    • Crop Advisor
    • Farm, Business Operations, Sales and Support, or Implement Dealership Manager
    • Plant Production Supervisor
    • Large Ag Sales Representative
  • Recent Employers
    • Ag-Chem Equipment Co.
    • Cargill
    • Farmers Implement Irrigation
    • Pioneer
    • South Dakota Soybean Processors
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Butler Machinery
    • Cenex
    • Helena Chemical Company
    • Local Cooperatives
    • Schuneman Equipment Co.
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Ag Systems Technology Club
    • Quarter Scale Tractor Team
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Engineering Graphics
  • Suggested Minors
    • Agronomy
    • Agricultural Business
    • Precision Agriculture
    • Electronics
    • Agricultural Marketing
Agronomy (B.S.)
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  • Feed the world.

    The Agronomy major provides broad training in the plant and soil sciences and in precision agriculture. The integrated program is designed to provide students with an understanding of crops, soils, weeds, entomology, plant pathology, plant breeding and genetics, precision agriculture, natural resource management, and the interaction of production systems.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in agricultural, food or natural resource industries
    • Like working with computers and other precision technology
    • Want to help others by practicing sustainable farming
    • Want to discover new ways to produce safe, nutritious foods
    • Are involved in 4-H, FFA, or other agriculture-related activities
  • Career Opportunities
    • Crop consulting
    • Crop/plant research
    • Agronomy, seed and chemical sales and service
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Recent Employers
    • Monsanto Life Sciences
    • DuPont Pioneer
    • Syngenta
    • CHS Cooperative
    • Winfield Solutions
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Regional agricultural retail suppliers
    • CHS Cooperative
    • Syngenta
    • DuPont Pioneer
    • Monsanto Life Sciences
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Crops Judging Team
    • Soil Judging Team
    • Agronomy and Conservation Club
    • Little International
    • Student Society of Arboriculture
  • Suggested Minors
    • Pest Management
    • Precision Agriculture
American Indian Studies (B.A.)
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  • The American Indian Studies program provides students with opportunities to engage with American Indian communities within domestic contexts. The American Indian Studies program is committed to broadening the knowledge of students interested in the histories, languages, cultures, arts and contemporary situations of American Indian nations and people. The program emphasizes the historical and contemporary significance of American Indian experiences.  Graduates can seek advanced degrees in professional and graduate schools or careers in tribal, state or federal government levels, non-profit organizations, or community development.  The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Want to learn about American Indian cultures
    • Value intercultural communication skills
    • Fascinated by history and politics
    • Interested community involvement
    • Enjoy literature and language
  • Career Opportunities
    • Community and youth development leader
    • Tribal or government employee
    • Teacher (requires additional coursework)
    • Social worker
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • Federal Government Agencies
    • Local Tribal Agencies
    • Graduate School
    • Boys and Girls Club
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Local Tribal Agencies
    • National Park Service
    • American Indian Education and Cultural Centers
    • Boys and Girls Clubs
    • Museums and Archives
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Indian Student Association
    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
    • Art History
  • Suggested Minors
    • Political Science
    • English
    • Museum Studies
    • Youth and Community Work
    • Legal Studies
Animal Science (B.S.) - Industry Specialization
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  • Feeding the world.

    Whether you choose direct involvement with animals through managing a ranch, feedlot or swine operation, working with reproductive technologies or nutrition, or assuring the safety and quality of meat animal products, there are many opportunities for Animal Science graduates to contribute to the responsibility of providing high quality protein foods for the world.

    In this program you will explore how to manage, feed, breed and care for livestock through topics like nutrition, reproduction, growth & development, and breeding & genetics.  You will gain management skills in capstone classes on cow-calf or feedlot management, horse, swine or sheep production, or value-added meat products.  Much of your eduation will involve hands-on experiences at the livestock units or meat lab.  

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working with livestock
    • Are passionate about animal agriculture
    • Enjoy food - specifically meat and animal products
    • Want a variety of career options
    • Are involved in FFA, 4-H or other ag-related activities
  • Career Opportunities
    • Livestock enterprise manager
    • Livestock procurement
    • Feed sales/consulting
    • Breed association representative
    • Meat merchandising
  • Recent Employers
    • Purina Feeds
    • Hormel Foods
    • Pipestone Swine Systems
    • Family Farms/Ranches
    • Zoetis
  • Internship Opportunities
    • CHS (Cenex/Harvest States)
    • Excel (Cargill)
    • First Dakota National Bank
    • Lueck Stables LLC
    • Christensen Farms
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Swine Science
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Agricultural Business
    • Agronomy
    • Equine Studies
    • Meat Science
    • Rangeland Ecology and Management
Animal Science (B.S.) - Science Specialization
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  • Leading scientific discoveries and/or preparing for veterinary school.

    Innovations in animal science contribute to improved management, growth, efficiency, health and performance of livestock.  Discovering new knowledge in animal nutrition, reproduction, and growth, as well as meat science requires a strong background in the sciences, which this specialization will provide.  It also is designed to prepare students for a future in veterinary medicine and fulfills the undergraduate academic requirements for admission to a doctor of veterinary medicine program.  Courses and hands-on experiences focused on livestock production will complement the strong science core.  

  • Is this for you?
    • Have an interest in science and the livestock industries
    • Like to work with animals
    • Are interested in medicine and well-being of animals
    • Want to do research
    • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Career Opportunities
    • Animal health research
    • Meat product development
    • Nutritionist
    • Reproductive (AI, ET) technician
    • Large/small animal veterinary practice
  • Recent Employers
    • Newport Laboratories
    • Trans-Ova
    • Nutrena Animal Feeds
    • Con-Agra
    • Certified Angus Beef
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Select Sires
    • Sonstegard Foods
    • Grand Labs
    • Tyson Foods
    • Dakotaland Feeds
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Swine Science
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Animal Health
    • Equine Studies
    • Meat Science
    • Food Safety
    • Agricultural Business
Apparel Merchandising (B.S.)
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  • Apparel Merchandising is the perfect major for students who would like to spend their career in one of many roles in the dynamic, ever-changing fashion industry. Careers such as store or department manager, buyer, or visual merchandiser are typical. Students in apparel merchandising acquire a broad knowledge of people and their behavior, an understanding of the world at large and knowledge related to the design and supply chain processes, industry regulations and terminology, business theories, and what goes into the development and promotion of profitable products.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are a people person
    • Are imaginative and creative
    • Have strong organizational skills
    • Are a good oral, written, and visual communicator
    • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Career Opportunities
    • Store or department manager
    • Buyer
    • Visual merchandiser
    • Product developer
    • Inventory control analyst
  • Recent Employers
    • Target
    • Chico's
    • Scheel's
    • The Limited
    • White House Black Market
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Nordstrom
    • Anthropologie
    • Target
    • Banana Republic
    • The Buckle
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Apparel Merchandising Association
  • Suggested Minors
    • Accounting
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Leadership
    • Events and Facilities Administration
Architecture (B.F.A.)
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  • Make a lasting impact on the world.

    Architecture is a mediated practice that combines story-telling and “know how”.  We analyze situations.  We imagine built environments.  We specify and construct our imaginations of our client’s desires.

    Architecture is part design, part engineering, part sociology, part management, and 100% about technology.  We are the “conductors” of the orchestra shaping the built environment.  An architect is responsible to our client’s needs in the future, the history of our discipline, and the public good for the present.

  • Is this for you?
    • Like telling stories and being persuasive
    • Are imaginative and curious about how things are made
    • Like making things
    • Learn better when studying as a team
    • Are interested in the future of our communities
  • Career Opportunities
    • Architect (w/ completed professional M.Arch. degree)
    • City Manager / Municipal Official
    • Architectural Technician
    • Historic Preservation
    • City Planner
  • Recent Employers
    • JLG Architects
    • Architecture Inc.
    • Perspective Inc.
    • Koch Hazard
    • TSP, Inc.
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Institute of Architecture Students
    • National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
    • Tau Sigma Delta
    • DoArch Student Advisory Board
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Graphic Design
    • Art History
    • Geographic Information Sciences
    • Animation
    • Printmaking
  • Suggested Minors
    • Construction
    • Management
    • Professional Writing
Aviation (B.S.) - Aviation Education Specialization
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  • The Aviation Education Specialization is for students who wish to become Certified Flight Instructors and later be professional pilots in industry. Many of our graduates are in the airlines, military, government, and corporate workplaces. Top performing students of this option are often brought on as flight instructors in the SDSU program during their junior and senior years.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have strong communication and leadership skills
    • Good problem solver
    • Ability to get along with a wide variety of people
    • Ability to follow procedures
    • Love to travel and have a sense of adventure
  • Career Opportunities
    • Pilot
    • Flight instructor
    • Airline captain
    • Airport manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Sanford AirMed
    • SkyWest Airlines
    • Endeavor Airlines
    • SD Air National Guard
    • Charter First
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Brookings Airport
    • Various Flight Schools
    • Basin Electric
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Flying Jacks
  • Suggested Minors
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Accounting
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Aviation (B.S.) - Aviation Maintenance Management Specialization
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  • The Aviation Maintenance Management Specialization is focused on students who wish to repair and maintain aircraft. SDSU has partnered with approved FAA A&P programs across the United States to offer a four-year degree in aviation maintenance management. Students will go through maintenance training at an approved maintenance school and will then transfer to SDSU to complete the additional management degree requirements. Students may have the opportunity to work for the Chief of Aviation Maintenance at SDSU prior to graduation.

  • Is this for you?
    • Love to work with your hands
    • Have strong communication and leadership skills
    • Good problem solver
    • Enjoy the challenge of repairing and maintaining machines and systems
  • Career Opportunities
    • Aircraft maintenance technician
    • Aircraft maintenance mechanics
    • Maintenance manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Landmark Aviation
    • Poet Energy
    • SDSU Aviation
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Flying Jacks
  • Suggested Minors
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Accounting
Biochemistry (B.S.)
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  • One of the fastest growing scientific disciplines is also one of the youngest – biochemistry. Biochemistry is the application of atomic and molecular principles to the function of life processes. This multi-faceted science includes the study of all life forms and depends on basic concepts derived from chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. Training in biochemistry at the undergraduate level positions students well for careers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, government laboratories, and is very appropriate as a pre-professional course of study. The B.S. in Biochemistry curriculum at SDSU builds upon a solid foundation in chemistry, and incorporates selected aspects of biology, physics, and mathematics to complete the undergraduate degree.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are curious about the natural world
    • Enjoy the life sciences, chemistry, and math
    • Like to do research and experiments in the lab
    • Are detail oriented
    • Enjoy research
  • Career Opportunities
    • Medical researcher
    • Industrial or agricultural biochemist
    • Teacher
    • Physician or other health-care professional
    • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Recent Employers
    • Sanford-USD Medical School
    • Poet
    • Avera Research
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Sanford Research Institute
    • Avera Research Institute
    • Hematech
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
    • Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association
    • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
    • Pre-Professional Science Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Professional Writing
Biology (B.S.)
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  • The study of life: evolution, structure, function, information flow, pathways and biological systems.

    The Biology major can prepare students for entry into occupations related to life science in industry and government. Students select from microbiology, botany and animal-based classes based on their desired career path. If you are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physician assistant, chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other pre-professional programs please see our NEW MAJOR: Human Biology.

  • Is this for you?
    • Curiosity about life
    • Critical thinking and enjoy problem solving
    • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Career Opportunities
    • Medical researcher
    • Industrial or agricultural biochemist
    • Teacher
    • Physician or other health-care professional
    • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Recent Employers
    • Sanford-USD Medical School
    • Poet
    • Avera Research
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Sanford Research Institute
    • Avera Research Institute
    • Hematech
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
    • Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association
    • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
    • Pre-Professional Science Club
  • Suggested Minors
    • Psychology
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Professional Writing
Biology (B.S.) - Secondary Education Specialization
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  • Create well educated and engaged citizens by preparing to teach scientific literacy, critical thinking skills, scientific inquiry, and the study of life.

    The curriculum in the Biology Secondary Education specialization is designed to provide students with the background needed for a successful career teaching biology in middle and high schools. Students complete a broad distribution of courses that include all the major areas in Biology as well as coursework in pedagogical and professional development. For secondary education majors that may teach in a rural school or apply to graduate school, speak to an advisor about taking additional chemistry, physics, and math classes.

  • Is this for you?
    • Curiosity about life
    • Enjoy helping others learn
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems
    • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Career Opportunities
    • Middle School Biology Teacher
    • High School Biology Teacher
    • Graduate School to become a professor
  • Internship Opportunities
    • 1 Year of Student Teaching
    • Undergraduate Supplemental Instruction Leader
    • Wintrode Tutor (up to - CRLA Certified Master Tutor)
  • Suggested Minors
    • Microbiology
    • Physics
    • Health Communication
    • Health Science
    • Leadership
Biotechnology (B.S.)
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  • Develop skills and learn techniques to innovate and create new products and processes that improve human life.

    This interdisciplinary program helps prepare students in fundamental sciences so that they may successfully compete for career opportunities in the growing life sciences industries. Graduates with expertise in biotechnology fill increasing demand from employers utilizing technologies such as molecular biology, genetic engineering, tissue culture, reproductive intervention, and biomass conversion in a variety of applications, such as vaccine and pharmaceutical development, agronomic seed production, livestock breeding, genetic diagnostic testing, identity and parentage verification, criminal forensics, biorenewable product development, or biomedical research.

    Students may choose this major for preparation for admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The program provides an excellent background for students entering graduate school in a life sciences discipline.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy laboratory work
    • Curiosity about life
    • Critical thinking and enjoy problem solving
    • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Career Opportunities
    • Biorenewable Fuels
    • Biotechnologist
    • Entrepreneur
    • Graduate School
    • Lab Technician
  • Recent Employers
    • 3M
    • Healthcare Industry
    • Novartis
    • Poet
    • Prairie AquaTech
  • Internship Opportunities
    • 3M
    • Novartis
    • Prairie AquaTech
    • SGS
    • On-campus labs (Industrial Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology)
  • Suggested Minors
    • Chemistry
    • Health Communication
    • Health Science
    • Leadership
    • Microbiology
Chemistry (B.S.)
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  • Anything you touch, smell or see contains natural or man-made chemicals. Chemists study these chemicals – and they invent new ones – to create new medicines, build stronger and safer materials, find new sources of energy, and address some of society's most pressing scientific problems. In this program, you will gain an understanding the properties of chemicals and other substances, how they interact with each other, the changes they undergo, and the natural laws that cause these changes. You will develop strong research skills and learn how to apply your chemistry knowledge to solve problems in areas like medicine, energy, national security, food production and preservation, the environment and manufacturing.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have an inquisitive mind
    • Are interested in the physical sciences
    • Have a strong work ethic
    • Are curious about how things work
    • Enjoy research
  • Career Opportunities
    • Chemist in pharmaceutical, mining, food and oil industries
    • Technical manager
    • Forensic scientist
    • Policy maker in government
    • Physician or other health-care professional
  • Recent Employers
    • 3M
    • Healthcare Industry
    • Novartis
    • Poet
    • Prairie AquaTech
  • Internship Opportunities
    • 3M
    • Novartis
    • Prairie AquaTech
    • SGS
    • On-campus labs (Industrial Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology)
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
    • Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association
    • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
    • Pre-Professional Science Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Professional Writing
Chemistry Education (B.S.)
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  • To make an impact - teaching.

    Anything you touch, smell or see contains natural or man-made chemicals. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because of its strong connections to the other natural sciences and mathematics. Chemistry is therefore an area of study that allows students vast opportunity to explore the unknown and to address some of human society’s most pressing scientific problems. The Chemistry Education program will prepare students for careers in high-quality teaching of chemistry at the secondary/high school level.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in teaching
    • Are interested in the physical sciences
    • Have a strong work ethic
    • Have an inquisitive mind and are curious about how things work
    • Enjoy research
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Graduate school
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
    • Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association
    • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
    • Pre-Professional Science Club
    • National Science Teachers Association
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Health Science
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Professional Writing
Civil Engineering (B.S.)
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  • If you are intrigued by landmark structures or dream of a career that revolves around meeting the challenging infrastructure needs of modern society while protecting human life and the environment, then civil engineering is a profession to consider.  The field of civil engineering includes the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the built environment such as airports, bridges, buildings, dams, earth retaining structures, highways, irrigation and drainage systems, river and harbor improvements, water supply and distribution systems, waste water collection and treatment, and other infrastructure facilities.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have an aptitude in math and science
    • Like to design and build infrastructure systems
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Are good with technology
    • Have strong communication skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • Geotechnical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Structural Engineering
    • Transportation Engineering
    • Water Resources Engineering
  • Recent Employers
    • South Dakota Department of Transportation
    • HDR, Inc.
    • Kiewit Engineering
    • H.R. Green
    • Clark Engineering
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Design and consulting firms
    • Construction companies
    • State departments of transportation
    • Federal agencies
    • Research programs
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Water Environment Federation/American Water Works Association
    • Chi Epsilon Honor Society
    • Engineers Without Borders
    • Society of Women Engineers
  • Suggested Minors
    • Construction
    • Heavy-Highway Construction
    • Mathematics
    • Geography
    • Select a Modern Language
Communication Studies (B.S.)
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  • The art of communication.

    A major in Communication Studies prepares students to understand the central role that communication plays in people’s lives. Graduates of this program will receive the training, expertise and background that will promote professional success in a wide variety of career areas where communication is a critical requirement. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are a good listener and communicator
    • Are inquisitive and like to solve problems
    • Are a creative thinker
    • Enjoy persuading others to change their attitudes, behavior, or opinions
  • Career Opportunities
    • Speech writer
    • Human resources representative
    • Event planning
    • Director of community relations
    • Communication specialist
  • Recent Employers
    • Graduate School
    • Great Life
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • U.S. House of Representatives
    • Avera McKennan
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Lambda Pi Eta
    • Pi Kappa Delta
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Health Communication
    • Social Media
    • Professional Writing
    • Legal Studies
    • Statistics
Communication Studies (B.S.) - Speech Education Specialization
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  • To make an impact - teaching.

    The Speech Education Specialization is designed for the person who plans to become a communication educator. While the emphasis is primarily on secondary education, the area can serve as a specialization for teaching higher education as well.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are a good listener and communicator
    • Are a creative thinker
    • Are inquisitive and like to solve problems
    • Are interested in teaching
    • Enjoy working with youth
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Dialect coach
    • Graduate school
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Graduate school
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Pi Kappa Delta
    • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Theatre
    • English
    • Dance
    • Leadership
Community & Public Health (B.S.)
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  • As a society, we have learned that a fuller measure of health, a better quality of life, is within the grasp of most people. The lifestyle choices a person makes today may influence that individual’s health forever. The Community and Public Health program is designed to prepare students in conducting health education and health promotion activities in a non-classroom setting. The program objectives are to facilitate the development of professional skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation as well as offer a broad course work curriculum in personal and community health. Majoring in Community and Public Health is an excellent foundation for students to apply to various graduate and professional programs, which may include: medical school, physician’s assistant school, chiropractor school, physical therapy school, occupational therapy school, and health administration and counseling.

  • Is this for you?
    • Lead a healthy lifestyle
    • Enjoy physical activity and sports
    • Work well with individuals of all ages
    • Are patient and creative
    • Have strong leadership skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • Community health educator
    • Health journalist
    • Patient education coordinator
    • Case manager
    • Graduate cchool in public health
  • Recent Employers
    • Sanford Profile
    • South Dakota Department of Health
    • Avera Health
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Public Health
    • City of Sioux Falls
    • Wellness Center
    • Corporate Wellness
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • HEROH (Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health)
  • Suggested Minors
    • Health Science
    • Biology
    • Communication Studies
    • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Health Communication
Community & Regional Planning (B.S.)
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  • Build communities and serve as a leader.

    Prepare to lead community-based planning and development for sustainable, economically healthy communities. The major develops students for careers in planning agencies where they can attain positions as city managers and community planners at the city, county, state or regional level. The program also qualifies graduates to hold positions in organizations such as housing agencies, community and neighborhood development corporations, economic development agencies, federal agencies and private development firms and foundations.

  • Is this for you?
    • Interest in public service
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Have strong leadership, detail, communication and interpersonal skills
    • Are curious about how things work and have the ability to think in terms of spatial relationships
    • Work well with diverse groups of people
  • Career Opportunities
    • City/Community planner
    • City manager
    • Environmental consultant
    • Housing authority administrator
    • Economic development leader
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2016
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Geography Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Agricultural and Environmental Law
    • Experiential Learning
    • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Suggested Minors
    • Informatics
    • Professional Writing
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Legal Studies
Computer Science (B.S.)
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  • Computer Scientists play key roles in many walks of life in today’s society.

    Graduates of the program work in many different areas such as; application programmer, network designer, database administrator, information technologist, game development, and many others. Computer Science related jobs are among the ten fastest growing careers that show a lot of promise and opportunity for growth. Majors complete a core of basic computer science courses that includes the study of programming and algorithms, data structures, database concepts, computer architecture and organization, programming languages, compilers, operating systems, and software engineering. Important courses in closely related fields, e.g., discrete mathematics, digital logic design, scientific computation, and probability and statistics are also taken. Computer Science students are required to study all aspects of computing, including hardware, software, and theory.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have strong skills in math and science
    • Enjoy working with computers and technology
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Are generally interested in how things work
    • Like the challenge of learning new things
  • Career Opportunities
    • Information assurance software developer
    • Operating systems and network administrator
    • Software engineer
    • Computer support specialist
    • Information technology consultant
  • Recent Employers
    • Daktronics
    • IBM
    • Raven
    • SGT-EROS
    • General Dynamics
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
    • IBM
    • SGT-EROS
    • Wells Fargo
    • Raven
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • ACM
    • UPE (Upsilon Pi Epsilon, CS Honors)
    • Robotics
    • Gaming
  • Suggested Minors
    • Software Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Informatics
    • Management
    • Leadership
Conservation Planning & Park Management (B.S.)
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  • Conservation Planning and Park Management is an interdisciplinary science that trains students to develop conservation strategies at landscape scales. This program will prepare students for careers in Park Management, Landscape Conservation Planning, Natural Areas Management, Land Use Planning, and as a Park Ranger, and Interpretive/Naturalist.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working outdoors
    • Like working with conservation minded people
    • Like to be a steward of natural resources
    • Consider yourself an advocate for the environment
    • Interested in studying science
  • Career Opportunities
    • Natural Area Manager
    • Park Ranger
    • Conservation and land use planner
    • Refuge Manager
    • Wilderness/backcountry/lodge manager
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2017
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Suggested Minors
    • Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Botany
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Applied Statistics
Conservation Planning & Park Management (B.S.) - Park Administration & Management Specialization
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  • Conservation Planning and Park Management is an interdisciplinary science that trains students to develop conservation strategies at landscape scales. The Park Administration and Management Specialization prepares students for a career in park management, particularly Federal and state government managed facilities. The courses outlined in this specialization are designed to enhance the human management focus needed for this career track.

  • Is this for you?
    • Like working with conservation minded people
    • Like to be a steward of natural resources
    • Consider yourself an advocate for the environment
    • Have interest in outdoor recreation
    • Enjoy working with people
  • Career Opportunities
    • Park Manager/Superintendent
    • Park Ranger
    • Park Planner
    • Park Naturalist
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2017
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Suggested Minors
    • Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Botany
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Recreation Administration
Construction Management (B.S.)
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  • The Construction Management program prepares you to manage projects in commercial, heavy-highway-utilities, and residential construction. Materials, building methods, estimating, scheduling, project management, contracts and safety are taught by our industry-prepared faculty.   You will be prepared to manage and lead in a promising career in construction. 

  • Is this for you?
    • Have solid communication skills
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Can make decisions under pressure
    • Enjoy working with a variety of people
    • Are able to see the big picture and work toward a achieving goals
  • Career Opportunities
    • Estimator
    • Project scheduler
    • Project development manager
    • Site supervisor
    • Project lead
  • Recent Employers
    • Interstates
    • Sioux Falls Construction
    • Puetz Corporation
    • Adolfson & Peterson
    • Alliance
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Placement with contractors all over the U.S.
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • National Association of Home Builders, Student Chapter
    • Construction Management Club
    • Associated General Contractors
    • Habitat for Humanity
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Suggested Minors
    • Heavy-Highway Construction
    • Management
    • Accounting
    • Legal Studies
    • Geography
Construction Technology (A.S.)
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  • The online Construction Technology program incorporates content in cost estimating, scheduling, construction methods and materials, project control, and safety with core general education requirements. This two year program will prepare students for entry-level positions in construction and affiliated subcontractors companies. Successful completion of the Construction Technology major will allow students to transfer 60 credits of coursework towards the B.S. in Construction Management.

  • Is this for you?
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Can make decisions under pressure
    • Can communicate verbally and in writing
    • Enjoy working with a variety of people
    • Are able to see the big picture and work toward a achieving goals
  • Career Opportunities
    • Site supervisor
    • Building inspector
    • Engineering technician
    • Estimator
    • Technical sales
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2017
Consumer Affairs (B.S.) - Consumer Services Management Specialization
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  • Students majoring in Consumer Affairs who pursue the Consumer Services Management specialization are usually interested in marketing, communication, human development, planning principles and working with individuals to develop personal management skills. The Consumer Services Management specialization focuses on the application of resource management concepts for families of varying structures, consumer rights and responsibilities, consumer behavior in making decisions, the impact of the marketplace on problem solving and implementation strategies for working with diverse audiences. Graduates are prepared to engage in a variety of careers such as: management of non-profit organizations, management of retail businesses, Extension, credit/financial counseling, human resources, marketing and sales.

  • Is this for you?
    • Work well independently and as part of a team
    • Have strong communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal)
    • Are goal-oriented
    • Enjoy working with people
    • Have an outgoing personality
  • Career Opportunities
    • Consumer information specialist
    • Customer service representative
    • Consumer and market analyst
    • Sales representative
    • Consumer educator
  • Recent Employers
    • Daktronics
    • Hy-Vee
    • Target
    • McCrory Gardens
    • SDSU Financial Aid
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
    • McCrory Gardens
    • Target
    • United Way
    • State of SD (Division of Consumer Protection)
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Consumer Affairs Student Organization
    • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
  • Suggested Minors
    • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Financial Counseling
    • Marketing
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Philosophy
Consumer Affairs (B.S.) - Family Financial Management Specialization
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  • Students majoring in Consumer Affairs who pursue the Family Financial Management specialization are usually interested in financial markets, financial decision, economics, business concepts and working with individuals to develop personal financial management skills. The Family Financial Management specialization focuses on principles and practice of insurance planning, investment strategies, income tax planning, retirement preparation, and estate planning. Graduates are prepared to engage in a variety of careers such as: financial services, financial planning, credit/financial counseling, human resources, marketing and sales.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have strong communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal)
    • Enjoy working with numbers
    • Are an analytical thinker
    • Are inquisitive by nature
    • Like to solve problems
  • Career Opportunities
    • Loan officer
    • Credit manager
    • Mortgage banker
    • Financial planner
    • Insurance representative
  • Recent Employers
    • Northwestern Mutual
    • Modern Woodmen
    • Daktronics
    • First Bank & Trust
    • Great Western Bank
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
    • Northwestern Mutual
    • SDSU Financial Aid
    • Wells Fargo
    • First Bank & Trust
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Consumer Affairs Student Organization
    • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
    • Economics Club
  • Suggested Minors
    • Human Resources
    • Financial Counseling
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Accounting
    • Leadership
Dairy Manufacturing (B.S.)
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  • Innovate with dairy products.

    Dairy products are vital components of nutritious diets around the world.  This major focuses on the processing of high quality, safe and diverse dairy products leading to numerous exciting and diverse job opportunities all around the country.

    Current starting salaries range in the region of $45,000 to $60,000 per year.  The state of the art Davis Dairy plant provides hands-on experience along with commercial internship experience. Graduates will become leaders in the Dairy Processing Industry.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in opportunities for personal growth
    • Have an interest in the dairy industry
    • Like intellectual challenges
    • Have leadership skills
    • Are interested in an exciting life-long career
  • Career Opportunities
    • Dairy plant manager
    • Dairy product development
    • Ingredient supplier
    • Quality assurance manager
    • State or federal inspector
  • Recent Employers
    • Valley Queen Cheese, Milbank
    • Agropur Inc.
    • Saputo Cheese
    • Bel Brands USA
    • Ecolab
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Valley Queen Cheese
    • Agropur Inc.
    • Saputo Cheese
    • Bel Brands USA
    • Glanbia Foods
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Food Safety
    • Agricultural Business
    • Leadership
    • Management
Dairy Manufacturing (B.S.) - Microbiology Specialization
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  • Innovate with dairy products.

    Dairy products are vital components of nutritious diets around the world.  This major focuses on the processing of high quality, safe and diverse dairy products, with an emphasis on quality, leading to numerous exciting and diverse job opportunities all around the country.

    Current starting salaries range in the region of $45,000 to $60,000 per year.  The state of the art Davis Dairy plant provides hands-on experience along with commercial internship experience. Graduates will become leaders in the Dairy Processing Industry, especially in Quality Assurance and Food Safety.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in quality control or quality assurance
    • Have an interest in applied microbiology
    • Have leadership capabilities
    • Are interested in opportunities for personal growth
    • Are interested in food safety
  • Career Opportunities
    • Quality assurance manager
    • Dairy plant manager
    • State or federal inspector
    • Research and development
    • Dairy plant manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Valley Queen Cheese, Milbank
    • Agropur Inc.
    • Saputo Cheese
    • Bel Brands USA
    • Ecolab
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Valley Queen Cheese
    • Agropur Inc.
    • Saputo Cheese
    • Bel Brands USA
    • Glanbia Foods
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Food Safety
    • Agricultural Business
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Chemistry
Dairy Production (B.S.)
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  • Produce milk to feed the world.

    Dairy products are vital components of nutritious diets around the world.  This major focuses on the production of high quality, milk, with an emphasis on lactation, nutrition, breeding and farm management, leading to numerous exciting and diverse job opportunities all around the country.

    Current starting salaries range in the region of $45,000 to $60,000 per year.  The Dairy Research and Training Facility with 130 milking cows provides hands-on experience along with commercial internship experience. Graduates will become leaders in milk production and allied industry.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in dairy cattle
    • Have an interest in the dairy industry
    • Have leadership capabilities
    • Are interested in opportunities for personal growth
    • Are passionate about food production
  • Career Opportunities
    • Herd manager
    • Dairy equipment specialist
    • Dairy field specialist
    • Nutrition consultant
    • Breeding and genetics specialist
  • Recent Employers
    • Family farm
    • Alltech
    • Trans Ova
    • DHIA
    • Accelerated Genetics
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Zoetis
    • Land O' Lakes
    • Cargill
    • Extension
    • Dairy Farm operations
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Animal Science
    • Agricultural Business
    • Leadership
    • Spanish
Early Childhood Education (B.S.) - Birth to 8 Specialization
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  • One teacher can help a child believe in herself, remind a child he is bright and creative, or inspire a child to chase their dream.

    Research shows that quality care and education for young children is critically important, and the demand for qualified teachers of young children is great. This program prepares professionals who work in educational settings with children in order to promote their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development. In addition to being prepared to work in early childhood settings such as Head Start, preschools, and child care centers, those who successfully complete this specialization meet the requirements for a South Dakota Birth to age 8 Early Childhood teaching certificate which enables them to teach grades K-3. Candidates student teach in the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education and a first, second, or third grade classroom.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working with young children
    • Are interested in being a lifelong learner
    • Are a patient, positive, creative, energetic person
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Are involved in your community
  • Career Opportunities
    • K-3 teacher
    • Preschool teacher
    • Child development specialist
    • Child care provider
    • Director of early child care program
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Boys & Girls Clubs
    • Head Start & Early Head Start
    • Bright Horizons Corporate Childcare
    • Children’s Museum of SD
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Preschools public & private
    • Elementary schools public & private
    • Childcare centers
    • Head Start & Early Head Start
    • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Association for the Education of Young Children - East Central Student Chapter
    • South Dakota Education Association – Student Chapter
  • Suggested Minors
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Early Childhood Education (B.S.) - Cooperative Elementary Education Program with DSU
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  • Elementary educators set the stage for lifelong learning.

    This important responsibility demands an understanding of modern teaching methods and child development, as well as a broad knowledge in multiple subjects, from reading and writing, to science and math. The program prepares professionals who work in educational settings with children in order to promote their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development. Program content includes the theory and practice of working with children and their families and communities. Students complete a student teaching experience at the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education and at a selected public school. It typically takes five years to complete the cooperative program.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working with youths
    • Are interested in studying and teaching in a specific subject area
    • Are a patient, positive, creative, energetic person
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Are willing to work hard to overcome challenges
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Para-professional
    • Youth development specialist
    • Youth mentor
    • Director of childcare
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Head Start
    • Bright Horizons Corporate Childcare
    • Childcare Licensing Service
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Preschools public & private
    • Elementary schools public & private
    • Childcare centers
    • Head Start & Early Head Start
    • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Association for the Education of Young Children - East Central Student Chapter
    • South Dakota Education Association – Student Chapter
  • Suggested Minors
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Early Education & Care (B.S.)
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  • Research shows that quality care and education for young children is critically important, and the demand for qualified teachers of young children is great. The Early Education and Care (EEC) is an online undergraduate program provided by seven universities working in collaboration. This program will prepare you to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile. When students complete the program they will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations.  Some of the program include: childcare centers and homes, infant/toddler and preschool programs, Head Start programs, and before and after-school programs for children ages birth to eight.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working with youths
    • Are interested in studying and teaching in a specific subject area
    • Are a patient, positive, creative, energetic person
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Are willing to work hard to overcome challenges
  • Career Opportunities
    • Child care provider
    • Preschool teacher
    • Para-professional
    • Head start or early head start
    • Afterschool or boys & girls clubs
  • Recent Employers
    • Preschools public & private
    • Head Start & Early Head Start
    • Public Schools in SD, MN, IA
    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Bright Horizons Corporate Childcare
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Afterschool programs
    • Youth enrichment
    • Childcare
    • Preschool
    • Public & private school resource rooms
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Association for the Education of Young Children - East Central Student Chapter
    • South Dakota Education Association – Student Chapter
  • Suggested Minors
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Human Development and Family Studies
    • Psychology
Ecology & Environmental Science (B.S.)
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  • Make a positive environmental impact with a degree in ecology and environmental science.

    Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment. Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of how the earth works, how we interact with the earth, and how we can deal with the environmental problems we face.

    Most students enrolled in this major are planning careers with state and federal natural resource agencies, consulting firms and industry. Many go on to pursue graduate degrees in conservation, ecology and environmental science.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working outdoors
    • Enjoy working with plants, animals, and their habitats
    • Enjoy working with others to resolve ecological questions and environmental issues
    • Like the idea of a career in lab and/or field-based science
    • Find research or teach
  • Career Opportunities
    • Environmental consultant
    • Park naturalist
    • Restoration ecologist
    • Environmental scientist
    • Research scientist
  • Recent Employers
    • State and Municipal Departments of Natural Resources
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • Private Consulting Firms
    • National Park Service
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Internship Opportunities
    • National Park Service
    • Natural Resource Conservation Service
    • Coteau Environmental Consulting
    • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
    • South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Suggested Minors
    • Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Botany
    • Animal Science
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Chemistry
Economics (B.A./B.S.)
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  • Economics prepares students to continue their studies in a graduate program. Economics graduates tend to work in a variety of industries, working in government, research, and financial analysis. Quite often they go on to graduate studies in Economics, Business (MBA) or Law School.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy math and working with numbers
    • Are an analytical thinker
    • Interested in local, national and global issues
    • Enjoy research and theory
    • May be interested in graduate or law school
  • Career Opportunities
    • Banking
    • Business or Financial Analysis
    • Government
    • Graduate School
    • Investments
  • Recent Employers
    • Financial Institutions
    • Governmental Agencies
    • Regulatory Organizations
    • Public Corporations
    • Private Companies
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Financial Institutions
    • Governmental Agencies
    • Regulatory Organizations
    • Public Corporations
    • Private Companies
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Economics Club
    • Finance, Insurance & Real Estate (FIRE)
    • Investment Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Accounting
    • Banking and Financial Services (available online through Northern State University)
    • Legal Studies
    • Marketing
    • Applied Statistics
Economics (B.A./B.S.) - Business Economics Specialization
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  • Business Economics provides students with the tools and abilities to succeed in the highly-competitive business environment from small, local companies to Fortune 500 companies. Coursework focuses on management, finance, banking, retail, sales and marketing. Graduates tend to work in: Management, Sales, Finance and Marketing.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy learning about business
    • Want to gain business skills
    • Want a variety of career options
    • Have strong leadership, detail, communication and interpersonal skills
    • Are a good problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Career Opportunities
    • Banking or Insurance
    • Human Resources
    • Management
    • Marketing/Public Relations
    • Sales Representative
  • Recent Employers
    • Retail organizations
    • Financial Institutions
    • Insurance and Real Estate
    • Manufacturers
    • Service type organizations
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Retail organizations
    • Financial Institutions
    • Insurance and Real Estate
    • Manufacturers
    • Service type organizations
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Accounting
    • Agricultural Business
    • Banking and Financial Services (available online through Northern State University)
    • Entrepreneurial Studies
    • Marketing
Electrical Engineering (B.S.)
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  • Electrical Engineers play key roles in solving technical problems in many areas including biomedical engineering, communications, computers and digital hardware, electronic materials and sensor devices, image processing, control systems, alternative energy and power systems. The program begins the first year developing a strong foundation in mathematics, science, and communication. The sophomore and junior years are comprised of two intensive years of study in circuit and machine theory, electronics, signal and systems theory, electronic materials and devices, electromagnetics, and digital and microprocessor systems, providing for “breadth” in the electrical engineering discipline. The senior year allows students to select from a variety of specialized courses to build “depth” in areas focused in their career choice.  These courses, along with a year-long capstone design project, where students work in multidisciplinary teams on projects sponsored by industry or SDSU researchers, provide for critical “real world” design experience before they enter the workforce.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are naturally curious about how things work and desire to be involved in cutting edge technology
    • Have strong skills in math and science
    • Have a strong work ethic
    • Like to tinker with electronics and electronic-based systems
    • Have good problem-solving skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • Electronics Design engineer
    • Power and Energy engineer
    • Systems or Project engineer
    • Software engineer
    • Quality control engineer
  • Recent Employers
    • Numerous Major Power and Energy Utilities and Consulting Firms in the Central Plains
    • Daktronics
    • General Dynamics
    • Medtronic
    • IBM
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Burns and McDonnell
    • TSP
    • Raven
    • Interstates
    • IBM
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
    • HKN (Eta Kappa Nu, EE Honors)
    • Robotics
    • Gaming
  • Suggested Minors
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Informatics
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Electronics Engineering Technology (B.S.)
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  • The Electronics Engineering Technology program will prepare you to enter the fast paced electronics and product development field. Our program uses lab work and student projects to provide the practical, hands-on experience employers want.  You will learn how electronic devices work, power distribution, PLCs, controls, circuit boards, and how to manage projects. 

  • Is this for you?
    • Have an inquisitive mind and are curious about how things work
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Have good communication skills
    • Work well independently and as part of a team
    • Enjoy working with computers and technology
  • Career Opportunities
    • Test engineer tech
    • Process technician
    • Systems manager
    • IT sales
    • Service Center tech
  • Recent Employers
    • Daktronics
    • Western Area Power
    • Visual Engineering
    • SDSU
    • Swiftel Communication
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Society for Electronics Engineering Technology (SEET)
    • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers
  • Suggested Minors
    • Management
    • Entrepreneurial Studies
    • Accounting
    • Leadership
    • Informatics
English (B.A.)
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  • Words have power. Power for beauty, for change, for hope. Power to help us remember, grow, connect, enliven.

    The English major provides a broad background in literature, an understanding of the language, and skill in its use. It prepares students for writing and editorial work; for teaching careers; for professional schools of law, business, theology, and library science; and for any endeavor in which facility in the use of language is essential. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy studying literature, literary criticism, and language studies
    • Are a strong reader and writer
    • Are interested in history and culture, especially as they relate to the study of narrative
    • Are eager for an intellectual challenge
    • Are self-motivated, goal-oriented, and work well independently
  • Career Opportunities
    • Author/journalist
    • Technical/professional/grant writer
    • Editor/publisher
    • Librarian (with additional education)
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • Graduate school
    • South Dakota Humanities Council
    • Daktronics
    • 9 Clouds Digital Marketing
    • The Federal Reserve
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
    • South Dakota Humanities Council
    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Fishback Financial
    • Local law firms (such as Fite, Pierce, and Ronning)
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • English Club
    • Oakwood
    • Collegian
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Professional Writing
    • Legal Studies
    • Leadership and Management of Non-Profit Organizations
    • Women’s and Gender Studies
English (B.A.) - English Education Specialization
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  • Teach students in middle school or high school.

    The English major with an English Education Specialization is designed to prepare the student for a career in high school or middle school teaching. In addition to coursework in English and Linguistics, students preparing for careers in secondary education will also complete the required education courses for teacher certification.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy studying literature, literary criticism, and language studies
    • Are a strong reader and writer
    • Are interested in history and culture, especially as they relate to the study of narrative
    • Are eager for an intellectual challenge
    • Are interested in teaching
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Graduate school
    • Youth organization director
    • Counseling or ministry (with additional education)
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Graduate school
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • English Club
    • Oakwood
    • Collegian
    • Student National Education Association
    • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Communication Studies
    • History
    • American Indian Studies
    • Events and Facilities Administration
English (B.A.) - Writing Specialization
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  • Words have power. Power for beauty, for change, for hope. Power to help us remember, grow, connect, enliven.

    The English major with a Writing Specialization involves literature, linguistics and writing coursework. Students receive a well-rounded background in literature, but with more intensive work in Creative and/or Professional writing. This program serves students seeking careers in creative or professional writing. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy studying literature, literary criticism, and language studies
    • Are a strong reader and writer
    • Are interested in history and culture, especially as they relate to the study of narrative
    • Are eager for an intellectual challenge—both creatively and technically
    • Are self-motivated, goal-oriented, and work well independently
  • Career Opportunities
    • Author/journalist
    • Technical/professional/grant writer
    • Editor/publisher
    • Advertising account manager
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • Graduate school
    • South Dakota Humanities Council
    • Daktronics
    • 9 Clouds Digital Marketing
    • Independent Sales Consultant
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
    • South Dakota Humanities Council
    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Fishback Financial
    • Local law firms (such as Fite, Pierce, and Ronning)
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • English Club
    • Oakwood
    • Collegian
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Legal Studies
    • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Women’s and Gender Studies
    • Film Studies
Entrepreneurial Studies (B.S.)
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  • Entreprepreneurial Studies represents our newest and most hands-on program.

    Students in this major write business plans and ultimately open their own small business, learning through experience as well as in the classroom. Coursework focuses on starting a business, growing a business, business consulting, product development, sales, and marketing. Graduates work for a variety of companies from banking to music production. Some create their own companies and are self-employed.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy learning about business
    • Want to gain business skills
    • Are imaginative and creative
    • Interested in opening a business
    • Want to work for yourself
  • Career Opportunities
    • Start a business/grow an existing buisiness
    • Business Analyst/Consultant
    • Management
    • Marketing/Public Relations
    • Sales Representative
  • Recent Employers
    • Self-employed
    • Manufacturers
    • Retail Businesses
    • Financial Institutions
    • Real Estate
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Local Entrepreneurs
    • Financial Institutions
    • Manufacturers
    • Real Estate
    • Retail Businesses
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
  • Suggested Minors
    • Accounting
    • Agricultural Business
    • Banking and Financial Services (available online through Northern State University)
    • Marketing
    • Other
Exercise Science (B.S.)
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  • The Exercise Science program aspires to prepare health and fitness professionals with a strong understanding of the scientific concepts behind the application that is practiced in a variety of health and fitness careers. The Exercise Science graduate will have the ability to raise awareness about health and physical activity, change behavior, and create environments that support good health practices, including, but not limited to exercise and physical activity. The Exercise Science professional assists people to develop self-responsibility for their own health and wellness, and implement health assessments and wellness programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. Exercise Science professionals work and study in commercial, clinical, and workplace settings to increase health, fitness, and quality of life for the general population. They are also able to apply their knowledge of acute and chronic exercise physiology to promote better health, reduce chronic disease, or to enhance the performance of athletes.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy fitness and exercise
    • Lead a healthy lifestyle
    • Want to help people and work well with others
    • Are strong in sciences
    • Have good communication skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • Personal trainer/group exercise instructor/Gym Manager or Owner
    • Health educator/health coach
    • Worksite wellness coordinator
    • Clinical exercise physiologist (cardiac rehabilitation) (with additional education)
    • Strength and conditioning coach (with additional education)
    • Physical therapist/occupational therapist (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • Sanford Health (Sanford Health Plan, Profile by Sanford, fit, Sanford Power, Sanford Wellness Center)
    • Avera Health (Corporate Health, Avera Sports Institute, Avera McKennan Fitness Center)
    • Orthopedic Institute D1 Sports Training
    • Health Management Partners of South Dakota
    • FitSTEPS for Life®
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Sanford Health (Cardiac Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning, Wellness Center, etc.)
    • Avera Health (Corporate Health, Strength and Conditioning, Fitness Center, etc.)
    • D1 Sports Training
    • SDSU Strength and Conditioning or SDSU Wellness Center
    • Student’s Choice – students can request placement at any facility in which their role aligns with the knowledge, skills and abilities taught within the curriculum
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Exercise Science Club
    • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
    • HEROH (Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health)
  • Suggested Minors
    • Nutrition
    • Health Communication
    • Health Science
    • Health Education
    • Recreation Administration
Family & Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)
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  • Help families manage the complexities of work, life, and relationships.

    Families in today’s complex global society face many challenges when it comes to relationships, work-life balance, raising children, finances and housing. As a family and consumer sciences educator, the FCSE graduate is qualified to teach content in a wide range of settings, including in middle and high schools, occupational training programs, adult programs, or to serve as an extension educator. The FCSE program prepares students with comprehensive subject matter background from all areas of family and consumer sciences, contributing to the versatility of the major. The program focuses on characteristics of various learners or clients, learning principles and different applications of the teaching-learning process.

  • Is this for you?
    • Work well with other people
    • Are interested in the complexity of human relationships
    • Want to make a positive difference
    • Have strong communication and leadership skills
    • Are involved in your community
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Child care center administrator
    • Youth services specialist
    • Professional development trainer
    • Extension educator
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Extension
  • Internship Opportunities
    • School districts with FCSE programs
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • FCCLA
  • Suggested Minors
    • Human Development and Family Studies
    • Nutrition
    • Financial Counseling
    • Youth and Community Work
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Food Science (B.S.)
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  • Foods - a way of life.

    Safe and quality foods are vital components of nutritious diets around the world.  This major focuses on the processing of high quality, safe and diverse food products leading to numerous exciting and diverse job opportunities all around the country. Food product development and sensory evaluation are also emphasized.  Commercial internships enhance the hands-on experience. Graduates will become leaders in the Food Processing Industry.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in opportunities for personal growth
    • Have an interest in the food industry
    • Have leadership capabilities
    • Are interested in food product development
    • Are passionate about food production
  • Career Opportunities
    • Food production manager
    • Quality Assurance manager
    • Food safety specialist
    • Research and development
    • Plant manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Sunny Fresh Foods
    • Glanbia Foods
    • Hormel
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Beef Products Inc.
    • Landmark Food Products
  • Suggested Minors
    • Food Safety
    • Agricultural Business
    • Leadership
    • Managemment
    • Chemistry
French Studies (B.A.)
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  • In today’s global economy, the ability to speak French is an extremely valuable skill. French is spoken on five continents, by over 220 million people in the world, and it is the official language in close to thirty different countries. In this program, you will learn to communicate effectively in French with courses that integrate language and culture.  Our curriculum will also help you develop what employers call desirable “soft skills” such as empathy, creativity, mental flexibility, critical thinking, and intercultural communication strategies. You can take advantage of our study abroad opportunities to refine your language skills, immerse yourself in one of the many cultures that use French, and participate in service-learning projects that will give you the skills to be linguistically proficient, open to diversity, and globally literate. The French Studies major can easily be combined with another major and is especially desirable when paired with a major such as Nursing, Engineering, English, or Journalism for instance.

  • Is this for you?
    • Like to learn about cultures that use French as a language in North America, Europe, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific, and the Caribbean
    • Want to travel, broaden your horizons and engage with diversity
    • Plan to work internationally
    • Want to understand how the French-speaking world impacts and is shaped by globalization
    • Seek to gain proficiency in the French language and increase your overall communication skills in any job—domestically or overseas
  • Career Opportunities
    • International Education: ESL teacher in the US or overseas
    • International Development: health care industry worker, translator, community organizer, human rights agency or NGO worker, etc.)
    • Healthcare: doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, administrator, pharmaceutical product representative, NGO worker (Doctors without Borders)
    • International business: sales person, trader, sales representative
    • Tourism industry: director, hotel manager, travel agent, tour guide
  • Recent Employers
    • Ministère de l’Éducation, France
    • Sioux Falls, SD School District
    • The University of Oklahoma
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Human Rights Organization (Senegal)
    • Women’s Development
    • Organic Farming (France)
    • Sports and Leadership (Morocco)
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • French Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Journalism
    • Global Studies
    • Political Science
    • Leadership
    • Management
French Studies (B.A.) - Teaching Specialization
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  • In today’s global economy, the ability to speak French is an extremely valuable skill. French is spoken on five continents, by over 220 million people in the world, and it is the official language in close to thirty different countries. As a result, there is a demand for teachers of the French language—domestically and internationally.  As a foreign language, French is taught in the education systems of most countries around the world and is the second most widely learned foreign language in the world, with almost 120 million students and 500,000 teachers. In the French Studies program at SDSU, you will learn to communicate effectively in French, and with a Teaching Specialization, you will take language and culture courses that encourage and often include experiential learning to prepare for teaching careers in primary, middle or secondary schools.

  • Is this for you?
    • Want to gain proficiency in the French language
    • Are interested in learning and teaching about cultures that speak French
    • Enjoy being in a classroom environment
    • Want to engage with diversity
    • Want to work internationally with ESL (English as a Second Language) or FLE (French as a Foreign Language) teaching
  • Career Opportunities
    • French teacher
    • English as a second language teacher
    • Museum coordinator
    • Proofreader/copywriter/editor
    • Community outreach for non-profit organizations
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Overseas teaching positions
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • French Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • English
    • Global Studies
    • Another modern language
    • Studio Arts
    • Management
General Studies (A.A.)
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  • Graduate with a degree that says you are prepared for a job of impact or signals you are ahead of the crowd as you transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies provides a foundation of general education courses at the university level supporting bachelor’s degree programs, lifelong learning, leadership, service, and careers requiring general education coursework. Students completing this degree will have fulfilled the Board of Regents general education core requirements for a bachelor’s degree at any of the Regental universities in South Dakota.

  • Is this for you?
    • Wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree
    • Like to be challenged intellectually
    • Want to explore different career paths
    • Want to study across a variety of subject areas
    • Are self-motivated
  • Career Opportunities
    • Customer service representative
    • Child care specialist
    • Bank teller
    • Sales representative
    • Document control specialist
  • Recent Employers
    • CarQuest Auto Parts
    • Swiftel
    • Self-employment
    • Daktronics
    • Electronic Systems, Inc.
General Studies (B.G.S.)
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  • Set a foundation for the future you envision.

    With flexible times, locations and course options, the General Studies program helps you easily move towards your goals. This program offers students the flexibility to go beyond traditional academic boundaries to customize a degree that best fits their interests and career goals. The Bachelor of General Studies program through the College of Arts and Sciences is designed for adult and returning students who have already completed significant college credit and want to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Bachelor of General Studies offers students the flexibility to select coursework from a variety of focus areas: agriculture/natural resource management, allied health, business, education, engineering, fine arts, humanities, social science, science/mathematics, technology, and wellness.

  • Is this for you?
    • Wish to advance your career
    • Like to be challenged intellectually
    • Want to explore different career paths
    • Want to study across a variety of subject areas
    • Are self-motivated
  • Career Opportunities
    • Business professional
    • Sales representative
    • Care specialist
    • Entrepreneur
    • Graduate school
  • Recent Employers
    • Brookings Health System
    • Flandreau city government
    • St. Joseph’s Indian School
    • South Dakota Retailers Association
    • Solutions Real Estate
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
Geographic Information Sciences (B.S.)
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  • Chart a course.

    Study human-environment interactions and learn geospatial technologies like cartography, remote sensing and computational analysis. The major allows students to gain hands-on experience with computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) that integrate hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows researchers to work with data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. Graduates of this program are prepared to apply their geographic knowledge and technical skills to address problems related to global climate change, regional planning and development, natural resources and much more.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have a genuine curiosity about the world
    • Enjoy both the hard sciences and social sciences
    • Like to learn about different places and cultures
    • Like working with technology
    • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Career Opportunities
    • Geographic Information Systems Analyst
    • Urban Planner
    • Intelligence Analyst
    • Remote Sensing Analyst
    • Cartographer
  • Recent Employers
    • EROS (Earth Resources Observation and Sciences) Center
    • Fugro Geospatial
    • IMS (Infrastructure Management Services)
    • SD BIT (Bureau of Information Telecommuni-cations)
    • Midcontinent (GIS Analyst)
  • Internship Opportunities
    • EROS (Earth Resources Observation and Sciences) Center
    • 1st Planning District (Watertown)
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • City of Henderson, Nevada
    • Public Works Department, City of Mounds View, Minnesota
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Geography Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Suggested Minors
    • Informatics
    • Global Studies
    • Political Science
    • Statistics
    • Aerospace Studies/Military Science
Geography (B.S.)
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  • Get the full picture.

    Geography is the scientific study of the distribution of both physical and human features of the Earth’s surface. Geographers seek to describe, relate and explain the natural and cultural phenomena that distinguish places around the world. Geographers focus upon “where” and “why” questions concerning the global environment. Geography also functions as a bridge between the natural sciences; its perspective on the location of phenomena makes it unique among the academic disciplines. The process of change is a fundamental theme in geography and the examination of how humankind modifies the Earth is a continual emphasis. The study of geography is thus of vital concern to all citizens and provides graduates with numerous career opportunities in business, education, and government.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have a genuine curiosity about the world
    • Enjoy both the hard sciences and social sciences
    • Like to learn about different places and cultures
    • Like working with technology
    • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker
  • Career Opportunities
    • Geographic information systems (GIS) analyst
    • Urban planner
    • Teacher
    • Tourism planner
    • Land manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce/Tracy Economic Development Authority
    • City/County of Brookings
    • City of Sioux Falls
    • Sioux Falls Public Schools
    • Sioux Valley Energy
  • Internship Opportunities
    • National Park Service
    • City/County of Brookings
    • City of Sioux Falls
    • Minnehaha County Highway Department
    • Game, Fish, and Parks (Sioux Falls)
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Geography Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Suggested Minors
    • Geographic Information Sciences
    • Informatics
    • Global Studies
    • Political Science
    • Aerospace Studies/Military Science
German (B.A.)
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  • In today’s increasingly interdependent world, the ability to speak a second language is an extremely valuable skill and learning German boosts career prospects and salaries in many fields. Germany is the largest economy in the European Union, a key trading partner with the United States and a leader in science and research. German companies like Adidas, Lufthansa, Bayer, T-Mobile and Volkswagen employ 800,000 people in the US alone, with US companies creating the same number of jobs in Germany. In this program, you will learn to effectively speak, read and write in German, with courses in conversation, grammar, reading comprehension, and culture and literature. You also have many study abroad opportunities from short-term faculty-led summer programs to a semester or longer stays immersed in the German culture and language. The major offers great flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Want to set yourself apart from other job applicants
    • Like to learn about the German culture
    • Interested in global issues and travel
    • Want to work internationally
    • Are a good listener and communicator
  • Career Opportunities
    • International business
    • Marketing/Public Relations
    • US Government
    • Tourism/travel
    • Any business that is looking for a globally-minded employee
  • Recent Employers
    • Daktronics
    • Several Universities
    • Sixt Car Rental
    • T-Mobile
    • Law Office
  • Internship Opportunities
    • International internships in Germany
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • German Club
    • Delta Phi Alpha
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Global Studies
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • Management
    • Aerospace Studies/Military Science
German (B.A.) - Teaching Specialization
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  • In today’s increasingly interdependent world, the ability to speak a second language is an extremely valuable skill, whether you want a career in business, government, education, health care, journalism, or other field.  A German major with a Teaching Specialization at SDSU consists of language, culture, literature and professional courses to prepare students for teaching careers in primary, middle or secondary schools or for further graduate study. Anyone who speaks German has much better prospects for a great career.  

  • Is this for you?
    • Like to learn about the German culture
    • Interested in global travel
    • Work well independently
    • Are a good listener and communicator
    • Are interested in teaching
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Foreign service officer
    • Museum coordinator
    • Tourism/travel
    • Proofreader/copywriter
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Daktronics
    • McAfee
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • German Club
    • Delta Phi Alpha
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Another modern language
    • Global Studies
    • English
    • Human Development and Family Studies
Global Studies (B.A.)
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  • Prepare to play a role in shaping our world.

    Globalization, which has occurred over centuries, accelerated dramatically in the last half of the 20th century and was stimulated by rapid transportation and technological developments, leading to instant communication between all parts of the world. The Global Studies major aligns with the land-grant mission of South Dakota State University to encourage international and intercultural understanding consistent with the increasing cultural, economic, and political interdependence of the modern world. The Global Studies major integrates content and theory from a variety of disciplines leading to a comprehensive understanding of the diverse but interrelated processes of globalization.  You will also develop what employers call desirable “soft skills” such as empathy, creativity, mental flexibility, critical thinking, and intercultural communication strategies. To further help you prepare for careers in everything from business to engineering to health care, the global studies major requires a study abroad component, which can range from 1 month, to 1 semester, or even a full academic year. The Global Studies program offers flexibility and can easily complement another major or minor.

  • Is this for you?
    • Like to travel, broaden your horizons and engage with diversity
    • Want to learn about cultures around the world
    • Are interested in global issues and how the world is impacted by globalization
    • Want to work internationally
    • Want to develop your listening, reading, writing, critical thinking, and overall communication skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • International Education (teaching ESL overseas, nonprofit organization, NGO)
    • Healthcare (doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, etc.)
    • International business (sales, trade, etc.)
    • Tourism industry (director, hotel management, travel agent, tour guide, etc.)
    • International Development (health care, community education, human rights agencies, NGO, nonprofit, etc.)
  • Recent Employers
    • US Department of State
    • Embassy of Japan
    • City of Volga, SD
    • Senator Tim Johnson
    • Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Nonprofit organizations in the US or overseas
    • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the US and overseas
    • U.S. Department of State
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Global Studies Club
    • International Relations Club
    • Spanish, French, German Clubs
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Suggested Minors
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Aerospace Studies/Military Science
Graphic Design (B.F.A.)
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  • The difference is design.

    Become a graphic designer, web designer, typeface designer, or art director. Today's graphic artists are the visual masterminds behind the complex design challenges of the professional world. The major in Graphic Design prepares students for entry-level design positions. Professional graphic designers plan and execute designs for visual communication according to the needs of audiences and clients in the context for which they are intended.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have strong skills in art and design
    • Work well with technology
    • Are committed to developing your talent
    • Have a creative, expressive, curious personality
    • Have excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • Graphic designer
    • Web/Interactive designer
    • Advertising designer
    • Art director/creative director
    • Logo and brand identity design
  • Recent Employers
    • Lawrence & Schiller Advertising
    • Lemonly – Information Graphics Design Agency
    • Blend Interactive Web Strategies
    • NBC Universal Sports
    • Daktronics
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Fresh Produce – Advertising and Marketing Strategies
    • Daktronics
    • IBM Design: design in motion
    • SDSU Wellness Center
    • Lawrence & Schiller Advertising
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
    • Art Club
    • Advertising Club
    • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Animation
    • Art History
    • Experiential Learning
    • Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, and/or Sculpture
  • Suggested Minors
    • Advertising
    • Studio Arts
    • Film Studies
    • Entrepreneurial Studies
    • Leadership
History (B.A./B.S.)
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  • The past shapes the present.

    Everything we are now is a result of who we have been in the past. When you study history, you gain a deep understanding of the people, places and events that have helped shape the world we know today. As a history major, you will explore the entire sweep of the human experience – spanning centuries, continents and cultures. You will develop a rich historical perspective and a strong set of skills in research, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking. The history program prepares students for careers in various professional occupations, law, journalism, teaching, business, public service, library sciences, international work, historical research, and provides a necessary background for graduate work or other specialized training.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are fascinated by history
    • Like museums, travel and learning about other cultures
    • Are a strong writer and analytical thinker
    • Enjoy reading and watching biographies
    • Are interested in national and global events
  • Career Opportunities
    • Historian
    • Librarian/archivist (with additional education)
    • Museum
    • Business/ Management
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • Daktronics
    • Scurry County Museum
    • City of Brookings Police Department
    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Fort Sisseton State Park
  • Internship Opportunities
    • H.M. Briggs Library Archives
    • History Department
    • South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
    • South Dakota Art Museum
    • SD Legislature
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • History Club of SDSU
    • Phi Alpha Theta
    • Pre-Law Society
    • Model UN
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Art History
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Legal Studies
    • Museum Studies
    • Professional Writing
    • Global Studies
    • Political Science
History (B.A./B.S.) - Teaching Specialization
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  • The past shapes the present.

    Everything we are now is a result of who we have been in the past. When you study history, you gain a deep understanding of the people, places and events that have helped shape the world we know today. As a history major, you will explore the entire sweep of the human experience – spanning centuries, continents and cultures. You will develop a rich historical perspective and a strong set of skills in research, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking, while coursework in the College of Education and Human Sciences will equip you with the teaching methods that you will need for your future classroom.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in teaching
    • Are self-motivated and work well independently
    • Are fascinated by history
    • Are a good listener and communicator
    • Are interested in national and global events
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Graduate school
    • Youth organization director
    • Museum director
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • History Club of SDSU
    • Phi Alpha Theta
    • Model UN
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Political Science
    • Geography
Horticulture (B.S.)
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  • Sustainable landscapes and local food production.

    The Horticulture major is designed to prepare students for careers in nursery production, ornamental landscape mangement, local food production, tree and turf management, garden center operation, and greenhouse production.

    Greenhouse facilities and extensive field plots in woody and herbaceous ornamentals, turf, fruit, and vegetables provide students with the opportunity to experience all aspects of plant production and management.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy hands-on active learning
    • Are involved in 4-H, FFA, or other agriculture-related activities
    • Want to help others by practicing sustainable farming
    • Want to grow plants for beautiful landscapes
    • Want to discover new ways to produce safe, nutritious foods
  • Career Opportunities
    • Ornamental landscape design
    • Lawn and tree care
    • Greenhouse production or ornamentals, fruits, and vegetables
    • Production and distribution
  • Recent Employers
    • Dundee
    • Sav-A-Tree
    • University of NE Extension
    • S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Hillside Prairie Gardens
    • Upper Elkhorn Natural Resource District
    • SchinDigs Greenhouse
    • McCrory Gardens
  • Suggested Minors
    • Agronomy
    • Pest Management
    • Soil Science
Hospitality Management (B.S.)
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  • The Hospitality Management program develops visionary leaders through excellence in student-centered education, skill development, research, service, and collaboration with global hospitality and tourism industries. The curriculum exposes students to many aspects of the hospitality industry and instills in them the critical skills required for the modern workplace. Students complete two professional practicum experiences while pursuing their degree, which provides introductory and supervisory level industry experience. Students are exposed to many aspects of the hospitality industry and to instill in them the critical skills required in today’s workplace.

  • Is this for you?
    • Work well with other people
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Have a desire to help people
    • Able to multi-task and are detail-oriented
    • Enjoy working in teams
  • Career Opportunities
    • Meeting and event planner
    • Catering manager
    • Hotel/lodging manager
    • Restaurant manager or owner/operator
    • Club Manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Aramark
    • Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
    • Hampton Inn & Suites
    • Swiftel Center
    • Minnehaha Country Club
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Aramark
    • Swiftel Center
    • Kahler Hospitality Group
    • Hampton Inn & Suites
    • Custer State Park Resort
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Hospitality Management Club
  • Suggested Minors
    • Management
    • Events and Facilities Management
    • Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Human Biology (B.S.)
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  • The study of human life: evolution, structure, function, information flow, pathways and biological systems.

    For students planning to apply to health-related professional programs (i.e. pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, and pre-mortuary). 80% of SDSU 2014-15 graduates with a pre-professional specialization were accepted into professional school.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy lifelong learning
    • Curiousity about life
    • Critical thinking and enjoy solving problems
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Career Opportunities
    • Medical School (M.D. & D.O.)/Physician Assistant School (M.S. - P.A.C)
    • Dental School (D.D.S & D.M.D.)
    • Chiropractic School (D.C.)
    • Optometry School (O.D.)
    • Physical Therapy School (D.P.T)/Occupational Therapy School (M.S. - O.T.)
  • Recent Employers
    • Avera Health
    • Brookings Health System
    • Sanford Health
    • Mayo Clinic
    • Duke University
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Avera Health
    • Brookings Health System
    • Sanford Health
    • University of Illiniois - Chicago
    • Undergraduate Research
  • Suggested Minors
    • Chemistry
    • Health Communication
    • Health Science
    • Leadership
    • Microbiology
Human Development & Family Services (A.S.)
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  • The Human Development and Family Services program involves the study of lifespan development in the context of family, community and society. The Human Development and Family Services major prepares students for careers assisting prevention specialists, advocates, and educators working with children and families.  Graduates will be employable in schools, hospitals, clinics, childcare facilities, and non-profit organizations.

  • Is this for you?
    • Work well with other people
    • Are interested in the complexity of human relationships
    • Want to make a difference in people's lives
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Are involved in your community
  • Career Opportunities
    • Human service specialist
    • Prevention specialist aide
    • Care specialists
    • Youth caseworker/Aide
    • Support provider
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2016
Human Development & Family Studies (B.S.)
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  • The goal of the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families. This program draws from theory and research that examines the process of human development across the lifespan and the dynamic interaction of family members. Students pursuing the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies gain knowledge and experience in the science of human growth and development, human interaction, and family relationships. Graduates work in careers that promote healthy development and positive family functioning across the lifespan, such as: a Social Services Case Worker, Provider at Residential Treatment Center, Youth Organization Worker, Program Director for Youth, Family or Senior Citizen Center.

  • Is this for you?
    • Work well with other people
    • Are interested in the complexity of human relationships
    • Want to make a difference in people's lives
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Are involved in your community
  • Career Opportunities
    • Prevention specialist
    • Social services case worker
    • Program director for youth, family or senior citizen center
    • Family and child advocate
    • Graduate school
  • Recent Employers
    • Department of Social Services
    • Safe House
    • East Central Behavioral Health
    • Sanford Health
    • Boys and Girls Club
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Youth Clubs and Agencies
    • Assisted Living and Nursing Home Facilities
    • Department of Social Services
    • Mental Health Agencies
    • Adjustment Training Centers
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Human Development & Family Studies Club
  • Suggested Minors
    • Rehabilitation Services
    • Gerontology
    • Social and Human Services
    • Psychology
    • Youth and Community Work
Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.)
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  • Create your own major. 

    In this program, you can combine elements of traditional academic programs in business, the arts, humanities, and sciences, in order to fulfill unique career and educational aspirations.  You will work closely with a faculty advisor in order to design a rigorous course of study that achieves your own personal and professional objectives. Current or non-traditional students may also be able to integrate prior coursework into their plans of study. Graduates may pursue widely-ranging careers in management, non-profit work, entrepreneurial roles, or a variety of additional options, including graduate school.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have unique career goals
    • Want to transcend the traditional approaches and parameters of existing disciplines
    • Seek a broad-based, yet specialized, education
    • Are goal-oriented and creative
    • Are independent-minded and self-motivated
  • Career Opportunities
    • Entrepreneur/Manager
    • Small Business Owner
    • Executive/Administrator
    • Professional Writer
    • Graduate Student
  • Recent Employers
    • Small Business Owner
    • Graduate School
    • Washington Pavilion
    • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Select based on professional goals and interests
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • These will vary widely according to one’s chosen areas of interest
  • Suggested Minors
    • Management
    • Accounting
    • Communication Studies
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Select based on professional goals and interests
Interior Design (B.F.A.)
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  • The difference is design.

    Interior design is about more than creating attractive interiors; it is about solving problems to improve the way people live, work and play. Interior design is a multi-faced profession in which creative and technical solutions are implemented within a structure to achieve a built interior environment (www.ncidq.org). The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied.  In addition to creativity, this profession requires substantial technical and organizational understanding; sensibility to form, lighting, color and texture; and an awareness of design history and theory. Intensive design studios offer problem-solving experiences in all major areas of design practice (i.e. healthcare, retail, corporate office, education, hospitality and residential). Upon graduation from this CIDA (Council of Interior Design Accreditation) Accredited program, students are eligible to begin the NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) certificate examination process.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are creative and imaginative
    • Appreciate art and design
    • Are a good project manager
    • Have strong problem-solving and interpersonal skills
    • Enjoy working collaboratively
  • Career Opportunities
    • Interior designer with commercial focus (retail, healthcare, corporate office, etc)
    • Interior designer with residential focus (kitchen and bath designer, home remodeling, décor)
    • Set and/or stage designer
    • Museum exhibit designer
    • Researcher and writer
  • Recent Employers
    • Gensler
    • FourFront Architecture
    • Canfields
    • Shrive-Hattery
    • Highland House Showroom
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Koch Hazard Architects
    • TSP Architects
    • KODO Kids
    • Corgan
    • Jonathan Blake Interiors
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Interior Design Student Club
    • South Dakoka Interior Designers (SDID)
    • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Graphic Design
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Museum Studies
    • Management
Journalism (B.A./B.S.)
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  • A major in journalism prepares students with essential skills including: writing, speaking, critical thinking and technology. Through coursework and experiential learning opportunities, including a required internship, graduates are well-positioned for a wide variety of careers. Students may pursue a B.A. or B.S. in Journalism with coursework in both broadcast and news-editorial journalism. This versatile major prepares students to be digital storytellers, reporters, editors, designers for print, broadcast or online media, photojournalists, or communicators in government, with non-profit organizations or in the corporate world.

  • Is this for you?
    • Like to write
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Are curious about the world around you
    • Can work under pressure and meet deadlines
    • Want to make a difference
  • Career Opportunities
    • Reporter for a newspaper or TV station
    • Radio or TV news producer
    • Writer, Columnist or blogger
    • Copy editor
    • Digital and social media manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Sioux Falls Argus Leader
    • KELO-TV
    • Mitchell Daily Republic
    • KSFY-TV
    • ESPN
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Jackrabbit Sports Network
    • 605 Magazine
    • Pierre Capital Journal
    • KDLT-TV
    • CBS Sports
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Journalism Club
    • The Collegian
    • KSDJ FM Radio
    • Society of Professional Journalists
    • Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Graphic Design
    • Animation
  • Suggested Minors
    • Social Media
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Global Studies
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.)
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  • Think a career in landscape architecture is simply about planting trees and creating pretty gardens? Think again.

    Landscape architecture is a challenging field that offers many diverse career paths. Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture the built and natural environments. Landscape architects have a significant impact on communities and quality of life, designing parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define a community. Cultural and scientific knowledge is applied to the use and arrangement of natural and man-made elements with concern for resource conservation, stewardship, and the environment. Graduates work in a wide variety of areas in the industry, as designers and planners in public and private practice, and as environmental designers and managers.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy the outdoors
    • Like to draw
    • Are interested in the natural environment
    • Are creative and imaginative
    • Enjoy working with your hands
  • Career Opportunities
    • Landscape architect
    • Landscape contractor
    • Community and urban planner
    • Landscape construction manager
    • Landscape artist
  • Recent Employers
    • Confluence Landscape Architecture
    • James Valley Nursery and Landscape
    • State of South Dakota Conservation Forestry
    • United States Forestry Service
    • Kerry’s Landscaping
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Landscape Garden Centers
    • The Tree Farm
    • Aspen Ridge Lawn and Landscape
    • Drummers Garden Center
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Society of Landscape Architects student chapter
    • Landscape Architecture Club
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Graphic Design
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Horticulture
    • Geography
    • Management
    • Studio Arts
    • Museum Studies
Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations (B.S.)
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  • Prepare to make a difference.

    The Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (LMNO) major prepares students for jobs in the nonprofit sector. Through the LMNO program, students will be empowered to become successful professionals who work to advance the quality of life in communities.

    This program prepares students with opportunities to increase their abilities and skills in the work of leadership to enhance nonprofit organizations by developing a basic understanding of the nonprofit sector, the role of philanthropy in the United States, and introduce the history, philosophy, ethics, and organizational structure of nonprofit and social service agencies. Students will apply fundraising techniques, the roles of human service professionals in the nonprofit field, and leadership and team development in organizational structures.

    Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students may also earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance organization.

  • Is this for you?
    • Want to work in public or non-profit management
    • Want to make a positive difference
    • Are goal-oriented
    • Have strong leadership and management skills
    • Want to help people and work well with others
  • Career Opportunities
    • Executive director of a nonprofit
    • Marketing manager
    • Public relations or fundraising manager
    • Volunteer coordinator
    • Program director
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2017
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA)
  • Suggested Minors
    • Marketing
    • Human Resources
    • Social Media
    • Events and Facilities Administration
    • Youth and Community Work
Manufacturing Technology (A.S.)
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  • The Manufacturing Technology major prepares students for entry-level technical positions in advanced manufacturing and its supply chain. Completion of the Manufacturing Technology major will allow students to transfer 60 credits of coursework towards the B.S. in Operations Management.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are organized
    • Get along well with diverse groups of people
    • Enjoy solving problems
    • Have good communication skills
    • Like technology
  • Career Opportunities
    • Production scheduler
    • Maintenance planner
    • Industrial sales
    • Process planner
    • Line lead
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2016
Mathematics (B.S.)
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  • Numbers, variables and formulas can take the world almost anywhere.

    Data scientist, actuary, statistician, financial/business analyst, social media analyst, mathematics teacher or professor, industrial research and development mathematician– the list of great careers for mathematics majors is long and growing.  The B.S. in Mathematics program provides an outstanding educational experience to students interested in any of these careers, and also provides great preparation for graduate school.  The program features concentration areas aligned with the areas of greatest professional opportunity, those being the Data Science Concentration, the Financial Engineering Concentration, the Mathematics Education Concentration, the Computational Science Concentration, and the Open Concentration. The Statistics Minor can be included in any of these concentration areas, and five year B.S.+M.S. programs can be designed as well.  If you love math and want to use it to make a difference in a great career, SDSU’s B.S. in Mathematics is a great way to go!

  • Is this for you?
    • Are an analytical, logical thinker
    • Enjoy solving problems
    • Enjoy an intellectual challenge
    • Have a strong work ethic
    • Want to be valuable to a wide range of potential employers
  • Career Opportunities
    • Data scientist
    • Actuary
    • Statistician
    • Financial/business analyst
    • Mathematics professor and researcher (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • Amazon
    • Midland National Life
    • Sanford Health
    • U.S. Census Bureau
    • Wells Fargo
  • Internship Opportunities
    • CAPITAL Services
    • Daktronics
    • Midland National Life
    • Premier Bankcard
    • Sanford Health
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Math Club
  • Suggested Minors
    • Statistics
    • Economics
    • Management
    • Computer Science
    • Any science minor
Mathematics (B.S.) - Teaching Specialization
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  • To make an impact - teaching.

    The world becomes more technologically sophisticated every year. As a result, so do the best careers. If our nation's young people are to be prepared for those careers, they're going to need the help of skilled mathematics educators such as those prepared by the SDSU mathematics education program.  Our program is fairly unique in that our students receive a B.S. in Mathematics with Education Specialization rather than the more common B.S. in Education.  The extra degree of mathematical mastery that comes with the B.S. in Mathematics allows our mathematics education graduates to give their own students the full benefit of a deep understanding of mathematics and how it will be used in their university studies and careers.  It also prepares our graduates exceptionally well for graduate school.  If you love mathematics and want to make a difference in the lives of young people, SDSU’s B.S. in Mathematics with Education Specialization is a great way to go!

  • Is this for you?
    • Are an analytical, logical thinker
    • Enjoy solving problems
    • Enjoy an intellectual challenge
    • Have a strong work ethic
    • Want to make a difference in the lives of young people
  • Career Opportunities
    • K12 mathematics teacher
    • Mathematics education professor and researcher (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Graduate School
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Math Club
    • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (student chapter)
  • Suggested Minors
    • Statistics
    • Computer Science
    • Informatics
    • Any science minor
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)
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  • As the broadest field of engineering, mechanical engineering plays an important role in nearly every industry, from aerospace and automotive, to energy and manufacturing, to robotics and biotechnology. Mechanical engineers design devices and systems to efficiently employ the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of society. Mechanical Engineering is an applied science profession based on mathematics, physics and chemistry. Proficiency in application of the sciences is gained through a combination of study and practice. Mechanical engineers have a remarkable range of career options from which to choose. Work is found in design and development of a wide range of machines and systems, in manufacturing and automation, in energy and power production, and in various related fields of research, management or business.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are naturally curious about how things work
    • Enjoy math and science
    • Like to tinker and build things
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Want broad career opportunities
  • Career Opportunities
    • Mechanical engineer
    • Design engineer
    • Test engineer
    • Manufacturing engineer
    • Product engineer
  • Recent Employers
    • 3M
    • Bobcat
    • RFA Engineering
    • Boston Specific
    • Rockwell Collins
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Daktronics
    • TSP, Inc.
    • Poet Biorefinery
    • Honeywell Aerospace
    • Link Mfg.
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
    • Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
    • Engineers Without Borders
  • Suggested Minors
    • Sustainable Energy Systems
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Engineering for Precision Agriculture
    • Mathematics
    • Nuclear Engineering
Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.)
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  • If you are looking for a career path that marries chemistry, biology, medicine, and problem solving, then a degree in medical laboratory science may be a good fit for you. The Medical Laboratory Science program prepares its graduates for employment in hospital or medical laboratories. The curriculum emphasizes basic science, medical laboratory science, critical thinking and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of clinical affiliated laboratories. The program provides the scientific background in hematology, immunohematology, urinalysis, phlebotomy, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, clinical chemistry, and management necessary for a laboratory career.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy chemistry and biology
    • Like solving complex problems
    • Are detail-oriented
    • Are interested in caring for people's health
    • Appreciate working with others, as part of a team
  • Career Opportunities
    • Clinical medical laboratory scientist
    • Clinical specialists (clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology)
    • Clinical researcher
    • Cytotechnologist
  • Recent Employers
    • Avera Health
    • Rapid City Regional Hospital
    • Sanford Health
    • VA Health System
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Medical Laboratory Science Club
    • American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science
    • National Lambda Tau Honor Society
  • Suggested Minors
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.) - Upward Mobility Program
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  • If you are looking for a career path that marries chemistry, biology, medicine, and problem solving, then a degree in medical laboratory science may be a good fit for you. The Medical Laboratory Science - Upward Mobility Program provides an opportunity for Medical Laboratory Technicians to complete a bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences within their own clinical employment setting, utilizing a variety of online instructional approaches. The curriculum emphasizes basic science, medical laboratory science, critical thinking and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of clinical affiliated laboratories. The program provides the scientific background in hematology, immunohematology, urinalysis, phlebotomy, microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, clinical chemistry, and management necessary for a laboratory career.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy chemistry and biology
    • Like solving complex problems
    • Are detail-oriented
    • Are interested in caring for people's health
    • Appreciate working with others, as part of a team
  • Career Opportunities
    • Clinical medical laboratory scientist
    • Clinical specialists (clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology)
    • Clinical researcher
    • Cytotechnologist
  • Recent Employers
    • Avera Health
    • Rapid City Regional Hospital
    • Sanford Health
    • VA Health System
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Medical Laboratory Science Club
    • American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science
    • National Lambda Tau Honor Society
  • Suggested Minors
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
Microbiology (B.S.)
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  • The study of living microorganisms & infectious agents.

    Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow, and interact with their environments.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy laboratory work
    • Curiosity about life
    • Critical thinking and enjoy problem solving
    • Enjoy science and the scientific method
  • Career Opportunities
    • Graduate School
    • Microbiologist Lab Technician
    • Microbiologist
    • Production and Quality Control in the Food and Dairy Industry
    • Vaccine Development
  • Recent Employers
    • Healthcare Industry/Labs
    • Poet
    • Valero
    • 3M
    • SGS
  • Internship Opportunities
    • 3M
    • Novartis
    • Prairie AquaTech
    • SGS
    • On-campus labs (Industrial Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Microbiology)
  • Suggested Minors
    • Chemistry
    • Health Communication
    • Health Science
    • Leadership
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Music (B.A.) - Music Entrepreneurship Specialization
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  • As a music major, you will learn by performing, creating, analyzing and listening to music. You will refine your talent as a musician through intensive training and build a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, with courses in theory, history and performance. The Music Entrepreneurship Specialization is designed for students who enjoy music but want a career option outside of performing or teaching music. The program prepares students for careers in music manufacturing, retail sales, music production, publishing, arts management, industry, and a variety of other fields. An on-the-job internship experience is included as part of the professional requirement for the degree.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have prior training in music, such as in a high school music program
    • Enjoy performing in groups
    • Enjoy working in the world of business and with other artistic people
    • Are disciplined, self- motivated, and hard-working
  • Career Opportunities
    • Sales manager
    • Facilities manager
    • Arts administrator
    • Event production
    • Arts marketing
  • Recent Employers
    • Norwegian Cruise Lines
    • Sweetwater Sound
    • Conference Technologies, Inc.
    • Daktronics
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Sioux Falls Blues and Jazz Society
    • Washington Pavilion
    • Results Radio
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Music Entrepreneurship Club
    • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Events and Facilities Administration
    • Leadership and Management of Non-profits
    • Marketing
Music (B.A.) - Music Studies Specialization
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  • As a music major, you will learn by performing, creating, analyzing and listening to music. You will refine your talent as a musician through intensive training and build a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, with courses in theory, history and performance. The Music Studies Specialization takes advantage of the types of courses central to a liberal arts education. Although the degree is not tied to any specific career aspiration, students often use the degree as preparation for careers in musicology, music librarianship, music leadership, and private studio teaching. The flexibility of the curriculum is also used by students desiring a performance-based course of study and to prepare for graduate school.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have a passion for music
    • Possess prior training in music, such as in a high school music program
    • Enjoy creating music as a soloist and in groups
    • Want to combine music with another major
    • Are disciplined, self-motivated, and hard working
  • Career Opportunities
    • Musician
    • Graduate school
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
    • Collaborative musician
  • Recent Employers
    • Graduate School
    • United States Military
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Music Teachers National Association
    • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Youth and Community Work
    • Religion
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
Music Education (B.M.E.)
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  • To make an impact - teaching.

    The Music Education program is recommended for students interested in becoming certified to teach elementary and secondary school music. An emphasis in choral or instrumental teaching may be elected, or, by adding appropriate hours, students may prepare in both areas. Those preparing in both areas must complete both choral and instrumental music education sequences, including both sets of pedagogies.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have a passion for music and want to share that passion with others
    • Possess prior training in music, such as in a high school music program
    • Are interested in teaching in public or parochial schools
    • Are disciplined, self-motivated, and hard-working
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Music director
    • Musician
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • National Association for Music Education
    • Music Teachers National Association
    • Tau Beta Sigma
Natural Resource Law Enforcement (B.S.)
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  • Only you can prevent overharvest!

    The Natural Resource Law Enforcement Program was developed in coordination with state and federal agencies and is only 1 of 5 similar programs in the U.S. The curriculum builds a strong integrated academic foundation in natural resource management, conservation biology, environmental policy, and criminal justice. Experiential learning will prepare students for the daily duties of the career and connect students with prospective future employers. Skills in communication, conflict resolution, teamwork, leadership, ethics, laws and human dimensions, statistics, technology, global competence, critical thinking, and problem solving will be developed during pursuit of this degree. Students enrolled in the Natural Resource Law Enforcement degree have the option to double major in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in a career in law enforcement
    • Consider yourself an advocate for the environment
    • Have interest in outdoor recreation
    • Enjoy working outdoors
    • Enjoy working with people
  • Career Opportunities
    • Conservation Officer
    • Federal Enforcement Agent
    • Game Warden
    • Park Ranger
    • Federal Refuge Manager
  • Recent Employers
    • State and Muncipal Departments of Natural Resources
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • National Park Service
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • Tribal Governments
  • Internship Opportunities
    • State and Muncipal Departments of Natural Resources
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • National Park Service
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • Tribal Governments
  • Suggested Minors
    • Rangeland Ecology and Management
    • Legal Studies
    • Botany
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Criminal Justice
Nursing (B.S.)
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  • The nursing program prepares graduates to practice in both hospital and non-hospital settings and have the foundation for advanced study in nursing.  The curriculum includes university core requirements, major support courses in communication and the social, physical, and biological sciences, and nursing major courses. This education provides the foundation for the development of professional knowledge, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, leadership skills and pursuit of high standards in health care to influence quality health outcomes.

  • Is this for you?
    • Like to work with others and help people
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Have an aptitude in science and math
    • Are interested in caring for people's health
    • Are a good problem solver
  • Career Opportunities
    • Nurse
    • Nurse practitioner (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse anesthetist (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse educator (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse leader (requires additional educational preparation)
  • Recent Employers
    • Avera Health
    • Regional Health
    • Sanford Health
    • VA Health Care Systems
    • Mayo Clinic
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Avera Health
    • Regional Health
    • Sanford Health
    • VA Health Care Systems
    • Mayo Clinic
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Student Nurses’ Association
    • Nurses Christian Fellowship
    • Nursing Student Ambassadors
    • Students’ Association Senate
  • Suggested Minors
    • Health Science
    • Health Communication
    • Gerontology
    • Biology
    • Human Development and Family Studies
Nursing (B.S.) - Accelerated Program
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  • The nursing program admits students who already have a 4-year degree to become nurses. Graduates are prepared to practice in both hospital and non-hospital settings and have the foundation for advanced study in nursing.  The curriculum includes university core requirements, major support courses in communication and the social, physical, and biological sciences, and nursing major courses. This education provides the foundation for the development of professional knowledge, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, leadership skills and pursuit of high standards in health care to influence quality health outcomes.

  • Is this for you?
    • Like to work with others and help people
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Have an aptitude in science and math
    • Are interested in caring for people's health
    • Are a good problem solver
  • Career Opportunities
    • Nurse
    • Nurse practitioner (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse anesthetist (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse educator (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse leader (requires additional educational preparation)
  • Recent Employers
    • Avera Health
    • Regional Health
    • Sanford Health
    • VA Health Care Systems
    • Mayo Clinic
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Avera Health
    • Regional Health
    • Sanford Health
    • VA Health Care Systems
    • Mayo Clinic
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Student Nurses’ Association
  • Suggested Minors
    • Health Science
    • Health Communication
    • Gerontology
    • Biology
    • Human Development and Family Studies
Nursing (B.S.) - RN Upward Mobility
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  • The RN-BS program is a fully online, flexible, and affordable option designed to help the associate and diploma RN move ahead in his/ her nursing career. The RN-BS major is offered in 3 or 5 semester plans. RNs can design their own pace of degree completion. All coursework is available online, and the curriculum is designed with the working RN in mind.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have an unencumbered RN license and associate or diploma degree
    • Like to work with others and help people
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Are interested in caring for people's health
    • Are a good problem solver
  • Career Opportunities
    • Nurse
    • Nurse practitioner (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse anesthetist (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse educator (requires additional educational preparation)
    • Nurse leader (requires additional educational preparation)
  • Recent Employers
    • Many continue working at their current institutions across the US
    • Avera Health
    • Sanford Health
    • Regional Health
    • VA Health Care Systems
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Professional organization of choice
Nutrition & Dietetics (B.S.)
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  • Dietetics is the education and practice of food, nutrition and wellness and offers a wide variety of jobs in the health promotion, wellness, nutrition care and foodservice administration areas. Registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) are provide nutrition counseling and are pivotal in preventive health care and community nutrition programs. Additionally, a registered dietitian is essential to the total care of a patient in a healthcare facility, giving nutritional guidance and instruction. Students develop an understanding and competency in food, nutrition, wellness, and management and a background in the basic and behavioral sciences to apply the science of nutrition for the promotion of health and disease prevention. The employment opportunities are in health promotion and wellness programs, public health agencies, foodservice and food production industries, schools, universities, the armed services, hospitals, nursing homes, and state, national and international organizations.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in food and nutrition
    • Lead a healthy lifestyle
    • Like chemistry and biology
    • Work well with people
    • Have strong communication skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • Clinical dietitian
    • Community dietitian
    • Health educator
    • Management dietitian
    • Independent consultant
  • Recent Employers
    • Avera Health
    • Sanford Health
    • South Dakota State Extension
    • Veterans Affairs Hospital
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Dietetics & Health Sciences Club
    • HEROH – Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health
  • Suggested Minors
    • Health Communication
    • Health Education
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Health Science
Operations Management (B.S.)
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  • The Operations Management program prepares you for a career in the manufacturing and service operations field.  You will be prepared to manage operations (what a company does), and its resources including people, equipment, facilities, finances, and processes. We hone your critical thinking, communication, and analysis skills to be an effective manager in your future career.

  • Is this for you?
    • Have leadership skills
    • Are methodical when working on projects
    • Enjoy solving complex or ‘messy’ problems
    • Are organized, analytical, logical and a strong decision-maker
  • Career Opportunities
    • Production planner/scheduler
    • Project manager
    • Process analyst
    • Quality manager
    • Process manager
  • Recent Employers
    • Daktronics
    • Smithfield Foods
    • Fey Industries
    • Counterpart, Inc.
    • Great Western Bank
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Placement with manufacturers in SD, MN, IA, NE and ND
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Society for Quality
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • SD Lean Group
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Workplace Intercultural Competence
    • Engineering Graphics
  • Suggested Minors
    • Electronics
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurial Studies
    • Management
    • Informatics
Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.)/Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
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  • Want to help ensure medicines are safe, fast acting and affordable? Pharmacists play a key role in balancing complex combinations of medications with a patient’s allergies and tolerance.  A pharmacist ensures that medications provide healing instead of harm from being administered incorrectly.

    One of the top programs in the nation, Pharmacy at SDSU offers a six-year course of study, leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.  As one of the health professions, pharmacy is concerned with public health and safety, and all activities related to the preparation, distribution, and rational use of medicines.  Majoring in pharmacy is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to make a significant contribution to the health care needs of our society. 

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy math, chemistry and biology
    • Like solving complex problems
    • Appreciate working with others, as part of a team
    • Are interested in caring for people's health
    • Want to be at the front lines of an ever-changing field
  • Career Opportunities
    • Retail Pharmacist
    • Clinical Pharmacist
    • Hospital Pharmacist
    • Clinical Researcher
    • Faculty Member
  • Recent Employers
    • Avera Health
    • Sanford Health
    • Mayo Clinic
    • VA Health System
    • Walgreens
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists
    • Kappa Epsilon Pharmaceutical Fraternity
    • Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
    • Phi Lambda Sigma
    • Rho Chi Pharmaceutical Honor Society
  • Suggested Minors
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
    • Nutrition
    • Entrepreneurial Studies
Physical Education Teacher Education (B.S.)
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  • Help youths become active, fit, and healthy.

    A child’s health sets a course for their entire life. The prevalence of childhood obesity is currently predicted to double by 2030 and schools are in desperate need of physical education specialists who can engage children and adolescents in healthy patterns. This program prepares you to become a certified PK-12 physical education teacher. You will learn to improve the fitness and health of students, as well as faculty and staff, through games, sports and other physical activities. Courses explore the teaching and evaluation of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy physical activity and sports
    • Lead a healthy lifestyle
    • Work well with children of all ages
    • Are patient and creative
    • Have strong leadership skills
  • Career Opportunities
    • Physical education teacher
    • Park and recreation coordinator
    • Coach
    • Substitute teacher
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
    • Colorado School Districts
    • Chicago School District
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Boys and Girls Clubs
    • School Recess/Lunch Supervisor
    • Substitute Teaching
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • SHAPE SD
    • SHAPE America
    • SDHSAA or other state coaching associations
  • Suggested Minors
    • Recreation Administration
    • Health Science
    • Health Education
    • Nutrition
Physics (B.S.)
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  • Physics is foundational to all of the science and engineering disciplines.

    The curriculum in Physics at SDSU has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of student interests and careers.  These include physics research, engineering, science journalism, nuclear science, medical physics, business and finance, law, medicine, biophysics, military, oceanography, geophysics, and many other alternative choices.

  • Is this for you?
    • Consider yourself a pragmatic person
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Are curious about how the universe works
    • Have strong skills in mathematics
    • Enjoy figuring out how things work
  • Career Opportunities
    • Research physicist (government labs, universities or high-tech industries)
    • Applications and project engineering
    • Professional Schools (Medicine, Law, MBA, etc.)
    • Science Writing
    • Higher Education
  • Recent Employers
    • US Air Force and Navy
    • Interstate Control Systems
    • Daktronics
    • Graduate School in Electrical Engineering, Medical Physics, Physics, and Nuclear Engineering
    • Xcel Energy
  • Internship Opportunities
    • National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates
    • NASA – Research Experiences for Undergraduates
    • High Tech Industry
    • Nuclear Industry
    • Engineering
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Society of Physics Students
    • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Biology
Physics (B.S.) - Science Teaching Specialization
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  • Teach students in middle school or high school.

    The Physics major with a Science Teaching Specialization provides rigorous training in physics and in education. The curriculum prepares students for a career in education teaching science at the middle and high school levels. The program is designed to produce highly qualified physics teachers to address local and national shortages of physical science teachers. This degree is NCATE accredited and along with satisfactory performance on required praxis examinations satisfies State of South Dakota requirements for science teaching endorsement.

  • Is this for you?
    • Consider yourself a pragmatic person
    • Are a creative problem solver
    • Enjoy working with people
    • Have strong skills in mathematics
    • Are interested in teaching
  • Career Opportunities
    • High School Teacher
    • Middle School Teacher
    • Corporate Trainer
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Society of Physics Students
    • National Science Teachers Association
    • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
Political Science (B.A./B.S.)
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  • Local, state and federal governments are built on a complex structure of systems, issues, ideas, processes and policies. In this program, you will examine the science behind politics and the factors that help make governments work. As a political science major, you will explore modern-day political issues – like health care and education – and study the history of governments around the world. You will learn about topics related to globalization, American presidencies, political revolutions, civil rights and more. A major in Political Science prepare graduates for work in government agencies, party headquarters, political consulting firms, advocacy organizations, business, or non-profit agencies. The flexibility of the major also positions students for law school and other professional or graduate degree programs.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are interested in American politics and international affairs
    • Have strong communication skills
    • Like to debate
    • Consider yourself a leader and like to be active in your community
    • Curious about current societal issues
  • Career Opportunities
    • Government organizer
    • Analyst
    • City planner
    • Journalist
    • Lawyer (with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • U.S House of Representatives
    • City of Volga
    • Daktronics
    • Johnson, Janklow, Abdallah, Bollweg
  • Internship Opportunities
    • SD Legislature
    • Daktronics
    • City of Brookings
    • Political Campaigns
    • Tieszen Law
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Political Science Club
    • Pre-Law Society
    • Model UN
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Legal Studies
    • Journalism
    • Global Studies
    • Leadership
    • Leadership and Management of Non-profit Organizations
Precision Agriculture (B.S.)
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  • Help improve tomorrow's agricultural practices.

    The Precision Agriculture major prepares students for careers that bridge the gaps between agronomy, agriculture machinery management, and data sciences caused by the rapid evolution of high-speed sensor technology.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working with technology to improve production
    • Enjoy learning new things
    • Like working in the field to solve problems
    • Like working in a fast-paced environment
    • Enjoy working with computers
  • Career Opportunities
    • Farm Cooperatives
    • Farm Equipment Dealerships
    • Ag Data analysis and mapping specalists
    • Ag Equipment Manufacturers
    • Self Employed Precision Ag Consultant
  • Recent Employers
    • Wheat Growers
    • John Deere
    • Case New Holland
    • Farmers Business Network
    • South Dakota State University
  • Internship Opportunities
    • AGCO Corp
    • Ziegler CAT
    • Cargill
    • RDO Equipment
    • Crystal Valley COOP
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Suggested Minors
    • Agronomy
    • Agricultural Business
    • Applied Statistics
    • Electronics
Psychology (B.S.)
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  • Why do people do the things they do?

    Psychology is the discipline concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. It is a tremendously broad field spanning subject matter from the biological to social sciences. The study of psychology prepares students for work in fields like counseling, education, health care, human resources, politics, probation and corrections, public relations, social work, statistics, and more. Psychologists are commonly found working in conjunction with other professionals to contribute to every area of society.  The Psychology major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are curious about human nature
    • Have a desire to help people
    • Enjoy working with people
    • Are inquisitive and analytical
    • Like to solve problems
  • Career Opportunities
    • Counselor (typically with additional education)
    • Human resources professional
    • Medical and health services manager
    • Social worker
    • Graduate/professional school
  • Recent Employers
    • Boys and Girls Club
    • Department of Social Services
    • Sanford Health
    • University of Kansas School of Medicine
    • Volunteers of America
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Avera Behavioral Health
    • Brookings School District
    • East Central Behavioral Health
    • LifeScape
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Psychology Club
    • Psi Chi
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Mental Health Services
    • Criminal Justice
    • Applied Statistics
    • Human Development and Family Studies
    • Rehabilitation Services
Psychology (B.S.) - Teaching Specialization
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  • Why do people do the things they do?

    Psychology is the discipline concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. The teaching specialization prepares students to qualify for certification to teach psychology in one of thousands of schools nationwide.  Students pursuing this specialization should contact the College of Education and Human Sciences before their junior year.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are curious about human nature
    • Have a desire to help people
    • Enjoy working with people
    • Are inquisitive and like to solve problems
    • Are interested in teaching
  • Career Opportunities
    • Teacher
    • Counselor (typically with additional education)
  • Recent Employers
    • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Psychology Club
    • Psi Chi
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
  • Suggested Minors
    • Human Development and Family Studies
    • Sociology
    • History
Public Relations (B.S.)
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  • Oftentimes, an organization’s image is just as important as its product.

    Public relations involves managing relationships between organizations and their stakeholders. The Public Relations major will prepare students for careers in public relations and marketing communications. This major prepares students with essential written and visual communication, critical thinking, strategy, design, and research skills for careers in public relations and marketing communications. The Public Relations major addresses both economic and societal issues, emphasizes the importance of market research, and includes experiential learning opportunities.

  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working with people
    • Are a strong writer
    • Are a creative thinker
    • Have solid verbal and interpersonal skills
    • Have an interest in the media
  • Career Opportunities
    • Public relations specialist
    • Media relations manager
    • Marketing and communication specialist or manager
    • Press secretary and campaign manager
    • Social media coordinator
  • Recent Employers
    • Epicosity
    • SDN Communications
    • Daktronics
    • Sandford Health
    • Boys and Girls Club
  • Internship Opportunities
    • SDSU Sports Information
    • Sioux Falls Storm
    • South Dakota Art Museum
    • University Marketing and Communications
    • Downtown Brookings
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Public Relations Student Society of America
    • Advertising Club
    • Journalism Club
    • International Public Relations Association
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Graphic Design
    • Theatre Arts Administration
  • Suggested Minors
    • Social Media
    • Events and Facilities Administration
    • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Health Communication
    • Global Studies
Rangeland Ecology & Management (B.S.)
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  • Be at 'home on the range' with a degree in rangeland ecology and management.

    What are rangelands?

    • Native habitats and managed pastures
    • Dominated by grasses and grass-likes (prairies, shrublands, woodlands, deserts, tundra)
    • Usually grazed by domestic livestock and wildlife

    Rangeland Ecology and Management major at SDSU:

    • Accredited by the Society for Range Management (1 of only 12 accredited programs in the nation).
    • Courses in animal science, botany, ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), natural resource management, plant science, range science, soil science, and wildlife and fisheries.
    • Learn knowledge and skills for managing habitat, ecological systems, grazing by domestic and native ungulates, grassland restoration/reclamation, and watershed.
    • Hands-on training in the field to augment classroom learning.
  • Is this for you?
    • Enjoy working outdoors
    • Interested in protecting native habitat
    • Like working with conservation minded people
    • Enjoy solving inter-disciplinary problems
    • Like to be a steward of natural resources
  • Career Opportunities
    • Rangeland Management Specialist
    • Soil Conservationist
    • Reclamation Specialist
    • Rangeland Ecologist
    • Natural Resource Specialist
  • Recent Employers
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • Pheasants Forever
    • The Nature Conservancy
  • Internship Opportunities
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Bureau of Land Management
    • U.S. Forest Service
    • Pheasants Forever
    • The Nature Conservancy
  • Suggested Minors
    • Botany
    • Animal Science
    • Geographic Information Science
    • Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    • Journalism
Sociology (A.S.)
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  • The science of society.

    Sociology involves the study of social institutions, organizations and issues. The A.S. in Sociology will prepare graduates to serve in entry-level positions in human services, human resources, office and management assistance, criminal justice, and law enforcement. Completion of the Sociology major will allow students to transfer 60 credits of coursework towards the B.S. in Sociology.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are curious about the world around you
    • Are interested in people and behaviors
    • Have a desire to help people
    • Have strong writing and communication skills
    • Enjoy research
  • Career Opportunities
    • Community health worker
    • Human services assistant
    • Research assistant
    • Dispatcher
    • Human resource assistant
  • Recent Employers
    • New Program in 2017
Sociology (B.A./B.S.)
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  • The science of society.

    Sociologists ask lots of these “why” questions and “how” questions and “what” questions. They study trends and seek to improve people’s lives based upon those trends. The society in which you live plays a significant role in your education, your relationships, your career, your economic status and much more.The world awaits all who have a major in sociology.

    The mission of the Department of Sociology & Rural Studies is to provide students with the theoretical and substantive knowledge to participate as skilled professionals within the institutions and organizations that shape our increasingly diverse and global society. Students receive a broad liberal arts education that will qualify them for many different kinds of occupations, working in business, government, and the nonprofit sectors. Sociology majors manage programs and people, provide services in a variety of settings, analyze and collect data, and pursue careers in law enforcement and victim services. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are curious about the world around you
    • Are interested in people and behaviors
    • Have a desire to help people
    • Have strong writing and communication skills
    • Enjoy research
  • Career Opportunities
    • Urban and regional planners
    • Social science researcher
    • Community outreach coordinator
    • Detectives and criminal investigators
    • Research/data analysis
  • Recent Employers
    • University of Nebraska at Kearney (Business Services)
    • KETV News
    • U.S. Government
    • Community Counseling Services
    • Hofer Dairy Farm
  • Internship Opportunities
    • American Indian Education and Cultural Center
    • McCrossan's Boys Ranch
    • Sanford Health
    • Brookings Health Systems
    • Dept. of Social Services-Child Protection Services-Brookings
  • Clubs & Organizations
    • Sociology Club
    • Great Plains Sociological Association
    • Criminal Justice Club
    • Alpha Kappa Delta
  • Suggested Certificates
    • Experiential Learning
    • Geographic Information Sciences
  • Suggested Minors
    • Human Resources
    • Legal Studies
    • Human and Social Services
    • Statistics
    • Criminal Justice
Sociology (B.S.) - Human Resources Specialization
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  • The society in which you live plays a significant role in your education, your relationships, your career, your economic status and much more. Graduates in the human resources specialization work in employee recruitment, personnel management, customer relations, marketing, and sales. Students take Business, Economics, and Psychology electives. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

  • Is this for you?
    • Are curious about the world around you
    • Are interested in peop