Native Studies Program Our Native Studies program gives you the education, research and experience to prepare for living and working in a multicultural world. The curriculum is grounded in a Native Studies foundation but draws from anthropology, art history, English, health sciences, history, Lakota language, and psychology. The program provides an intellectual environment where teaching and research are based on the priorities and knowledge of South Dakota's Native communities.
Women and Gender Studies program is an 18-hour interdisciplinary minor. It focuses on issues specific to women, and acquaints students with the subject of gender, hereby defined widely as the performance of masculinity and femininity in a variety of roles and settings, such as family life, work environments, and intellectual and artistic aspirations. This minor is by no means reserved for female students. Male students are encouraged to explore this program of study.
Gerontology Program focuses on the experience and needs of older people, and is intended particularly for students who plan to work in health care or other professions that serve the elderly. Core coursework is drawn from health sciences administration, psychology, sociology, and social work, with electives in an array of other disciplines.
International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that helps students become internationally literate and familiar with diverse cultures, ideas, languages, politics, history, literature and more. The interdisciplinary program prepares students for employment in education, business, government, journalism and other fields that increasingly seek graduates with both a liberal arts education and international understanding.
Latin American Studies provides an interdisciplinary perspective on one of the most culturally and politically diverse parts of the developing world. With coursework in economics, history, political science, and Spanish, the minor explores linguistic, social, and historical aspects of Latin America.
Language Studies Learning another language is more than a vocabulary list and pronunciation key. It's learning to speak, listen, read and write, and it's also learning to understand another culture. No matter what career path you choose – education, business, government, healthcare or another – proficiency in more than one language and knowledge of other cultures can give you a powerful advantage in today's multicultural world. We offer courses and programs in Spanish, Lakota, German, French, and Latin.
Sustainability Program is a new and growing field that emphasizes using global resources responsibly to support human activity over the long term. Core courses include options in environmental economics, environmental ethics, environmental science, and public policy, as well as courses in sustainability. Electives are drawn from across disciplines in the social and natural sciences.