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Mission, Vision, and Core Values

“Achieving National Distinction while Strengthening Local Relevance.”

Mission

The South Dakota State University Department of Geography cultivates an understanding of the Earth and its human and natural systems through quality educational experiences, research, and service to inspire citizens to better understand, adapt, and contribute to a changing world.

Vision

The South Dakota State University Department of Geography will advance the public good by using geographical ideas and technologies to develop sustainable solutions that address complex local to global problems through innovative teaching, research, scholarship, and service.

Core Values

  • Modeling Excellence
  • Encouraging Curiosity
  • Advancing Knowledge
  • Engaging Communities
  • Fostering Inclusion
  • Developing Stewardship
  • Practicing Collegiality
  • Thinking Strategically