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Regents Approve Two New USD Business Minors

Image Venky Venkatachalam Venky Venkatachalam, dean of USD's Beacom School of Business

SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents has approved two new minors at the University of South Dakota that will help fill the need for jobs in business analytics and for operations managers in the manufacturing and service industries.

The USD Beacom School of Business minors in business analytics and operations management will be available to students starting next fall. The minor in business analytics will focus on the use of computational technology and data to improve business decision making and operational effectiveness. The operations management minor will emphasize lean management, project management and supply chain management as they are applied to business and industry.

U.S. Labor Department projections through 2022 identify a 7 percent job growth for operations managers, while strong national job growth of 16 percent to 32 percent is estimated for business analysts.

"We are excited with this approval and look forward to offering these minors, which will significantly enhance our graduates' ability to succeed in the marketplace when they graduate," said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. "As the flagship business school in the state, we are dedicated to offering academic programs that meet the changing needs of business and industry in South Dakota and the region."

The school also has added business administration majors in operational analytics as well as innovations and entrepreneurship.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


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 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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