Board of Regents Approves New Programs

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved new minor and certificate programs at the University of South Dakota and at other public universities in an effort to meet emerging employment trends across the state.

A new minor in multicultural studies at USD will offer students multiple cultural perspectives, while preparing graduates to communicate more effectively within a wide range of majors and career paths. The 18-credit minor requires USD to add three new courses. It expects to graduate about seven students per year after full implementation.

The regents also approved new USD certificate programs for dental hygiene leadership and English language learning. Certificate programs usually require fewer credit hours to complete than a minor. They are developed by packaging a small set of courses that allow students to develop expertise within a focused area of study, addressing identified market and workforce development needs.


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.


Michael Ewald
USD News