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Interdisciplinary Programs

Personalized. Flexible.

Design a well-rounded interdisciplinary program to meet your educational and career goals.

You know what you're looking for in your academic experience and you want a program designed to meet your educational and career goals. The interdisciplinary programs at USD allow you to pursue an individually-planned program utilizing the diverse resources and faculty available from the social sciences, the humanities and the professional schools and colleges.

General Studies Major

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Awarded through the College of Arts & Sciences, the Associate of Arts degree in general studies allows students to complete general education requirements during the first two years. Students are then able to continue their educations at any of the state institutions for a four-year degree program.

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Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

The Bachelor of General Studies is a flexible degree program designed to serve the needs of individuals who have earned numerous credits but have not completed their degrees. Students work with an advisor to determine course equivalencies and to develop an appropriate degree completion plan.

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Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) - Business Specialization

The Bachelor of General Studies business specialization encourages students holding a two-year degree in a business discipline to earn a bachelor’s degree in the field of business without undertaking the additional coursework required for a traditional business degree. To be eligible for admission to the program, students must:

  • Have completed an associate's degree in a business field from an accredited technical institute or community college
  • Have earned a 2.85 or higher grade point average
  • Be accepted to the program by the College of Arts & Sciences dean's office

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The Classroom & Beyond

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    A Broad Background

    A liberal arts education provides you with a broad background that can serve you throughout your life. Interdisciplinary programs combine the knowledge from many academic departments into a unified whole.

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    From archaeology to philosophy and from gender to geology, join up with those who share your interests.

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    Flexibility where you need it. Complete your Bachelor of General Studies degree online, on the Vermillion campus and off-campus in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pierre.