Known for Excellence

The College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of the liberal arts education at the University of South Dakota – meaning we provide you with a breadth of knowledge so you are well equipped for your future and are prepared to thrive as a lifelong learner.

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.


Your Program Options

The College of Arts & Sciences provides an expansive range of programs and academic experiences. Whether you are interested in the sciences, humanities or social sciences, you'll find a path that sparks your curiosity and sets you up for a successful future.
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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.


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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.


Exploration Through Research

The College of Arts & Sciences is dedicated to fostering academic excellence and spurring economic growth through our multi-disciplinary, competitive research centers and outreach organizations.

Explore our Research Centers & Institutes

Leadership & Staff

Meet the administrators and staff in the Dean's Office of the College of Arts & Sciences. View our strategic plan.
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John Dudley

Dean-Col of A&S


American Literature
Literary Naturalism
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Karen Bumsted

Program Assistant II
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Jenny Huang

Accounting Assistant
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Lara Carlson McGoey

Program Assistant I
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Jessica Messersmith

Associate Dean-Col of A&S


Cochlear Implants
Pediatric Audiology
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Sara Moir

Enrollment Advisor
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Katherine Price

Assistant Dean College of A&S
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John Volbrecht

Financial Manager
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Support the College of Arts & Sciences

The USD College of Arts & Sciences is developing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow across a diverse range of disciplines. Your support enables us to provide students with the resources, facilities and experiences they need to focus on their education and their journey toward making meaningful contributions to society.


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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.


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Contact Us

College of Arts & Sciences

Arts and Sciences, Room 110
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069