College of Arts & Sciences
Home to the humanities, social sciences and sciences, the College of Arts & Sciences prepares you with skills that are valued and useful in nearly any career: the abilities to think creatively and analytically, to communicate effectively and to work with others to solve complex problems.
Known for Excellence
Explore more than 50 programs in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, ranging from certificates and bachelor's degrees to master's and doctoral programs. You'll work closely with world-class faculty, gain hands-on experience and develop the skills necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century. You'll graduate with the skills employers seek.
$1,200,000 awarded to A&S students in scholarships, awards and prizes annually.
Students in the College of Arts & Sciences have earned prestigious scholarships and awards.
Master's and doctoral degrees.
Long before becoming the chair of the Department of Biology, Jake Kerby, Ph.D., was a pre-medical student looking for ways to stack his resume and gain experience. For Kerby, undergraduate research proved to be the best way to do that, and now, he’s committed to giving students at the University of South Dakota the same transformative experience he had.
The University of South Dakota presents four faculty members recognized for their outstanding research, chosen by external reviewers for their research accomplishments, publications and grant success.
He had never even had a sip of coffee when he decided to purchase his first Scooter's Coffee franchise. Now, as the owner of 16 store locations throughout South Dakota and Nebraska, University of South Dakota alumnus Travis Rhoades '07 can't imagine doing anything other than improving people's lives through signature coffeehouse drinks.
Since its founding in 2012, the medical biology major at USD has graduated nearly 400 students equipped with the skills and knowledge to pursue careers and graduate study in health-related fields. It’s one of the most popular majors in the USD College of Arts & Sciences – home to the Department of Biology.
Be at the Forefront of Discovery
As a student in the College of Arts & Sciences, you'll join a community of lifelong learners who think critically and develop creative solutions. You'll learn both in and beyond the classroom through opportunities to travel the world, engage in research, serve your community and get involved. With more than $1 million reserved for student experiences and scholarships, the College of Arts & Sciences is dedicated to providing enriching opportunities for growth and discovery.
We invest in our students so you can follow your passion.
Develop Lifelong, Transferable Skills
Employers are looking for well-rounded, adaptable and capable leaders. The College of Arts & Sciences provides you with a broad education in addition to a focused path related to your interests – preparing you to graduate with a variety of marketable skills and experiences. This enriched educational foundation will set you apart as you pursue your career or further education and serve you throughout your life.
Leadership & Staff
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Through the USD College of Arts & Sciences, students can experience the world, make connections and follow their curiosity. Your support enables us to provide students with the resources, facilities and experiences that prepare them to be thinkers and leaders in our communities.
The Latest News from Arts & Sciences
Our digital publication, The South Dakotan Arts & Sciences, features the latest stories about our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends and the meaningful contributions they provide to their communities.