New at USD: Yearlong Registration and Added Majors

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University of South Dakota students returned to campus this week knowing not just their class schedule for the fall but also next spring. A yearlong registration implemented in March is among several academic changes taking effect this semester that also include new academic majors and a bookstore loan program.

Jim Moran, USD provost and vice president of academic affairs, said students like the longer registration time frame because they can plan for the entire academic year. It also helps departments know what classes need to be offered to ensure students finish a bachelor’s degree in four years, he said.

USD has added several business administration programs focused on entrepreneurism and two other majors to meet demand for paramedics and people skilled in sport marketing & media. Also new this year is a program that allows students to borrow up to $500 for books until their financial aid or other support comes in, so they don’t fall behind, Moran said.

“For our students, with the emphasis on liberal arts education, it’s not just preparation for a career but also for life and contributing to the community,” he said of USD’s goals.

“Leadership, judgment, responsibility, engagement and integrity. We’re seeing some adaptations in our courses and increasing the opportunity for students to study abroad and for service learning, internships and undergraduate scholarship experience. All of these things that create a distinctive education and provide students with a way of thinking and a way of looking at the world that prepares them for citizenship as well as for a career.”


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News