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American Civic Traditions

Prepare for active civic engagement with foundational knowledge in history, political structures and diverse perspectives. 

Why Study American Civic Traditions?

As a student studying American civic traditions, immerse yourself in the exploration of contemporary issues of social, political, cultural, and community significance. This certificate empowers you with foundational knowledge to navigate current debates through historical insights, understanding political structures and appreciating diverse perspectives, all aimed at fostering an educated and engaged citizenry at USD.


Degrees & Offerings

American Civic Traditions

  Vermillion Main Campus

With a certificate in American civic traditions, dive into contemporary issues of social, political, cultural and community importance. This four-course certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of civic engagement and contemporary societal issues and pairs well with majors such as political science, sociology and history.

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Departments & Facilities

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At the University of South Dakota, our Department of History houses numerous disciplines that exist at the intersection of curiosity, research, writing, storytelling and the human experience. Find the answers to your questions about people, events, institutions and values with the guidance and support of our exceptional faculty.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of History.
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David Burrow



Imperial Russia
Modern Europe
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Elise Boxer

Director-Inst of Amer Indian
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Kurt Hackemer

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost


19th Century American Military & Naval History
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Sara Lampert

Associate Professor
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Mark Madsen

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Molly Rozum

Associate Professor, R.Nelson Distinguished Professor

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