The Department of Social Sciences provides courses
in the branches of study that focus on institutions and the functioning of
people in society: geography, history,
political science, psychology, and sociology. By using empirical and
quantitative methods in the study of human beings, the curriculum often makes
connections to the technical and scientific nature and mission of the School of
Although SDSM&T offers no degrees in the social
sciences, your social science courses will complement your technical study and
enrich your academic and intellectual life.
General Education Core Requirements: Goal 3 Social Sciences
See: General Education Goals Checklist
Coursework in social sciences can be used to fulfill
the requirements of the South Dakota Board of Regents General Education Goal
3 – Social Sciences: Students will
understand the organization, potential, and diversity of the human community
through study of the social sciences.
All degree-seeking students at the School of Mines
are required to complete six semester hours of approved general education
social science courses (100-200 level).
Students whose degree programs require upper
division coursework (300-400 level) in the humanities and social sciences will
find a variety of junior/senior level courses offered each year in art,
history, humanities, literature, music, political science, and psychology.
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences
Faculty from humanities and social sciences
administer and advise the bachelor of science in interdisciplinary sciences(IS) program – a science degree program that seeks to serve the needs of
students whose goals cannot be met within the other science or engineering
programs at SDSM&T. The IS degree
program allows students to enroll in a wide variety of math and science
courses, as well as carefully chosen electives in the humanities, fine arts,
and social sciences. Students choose
from three specializations: atmospheric
sciences; pre-professional health sciences; and science, technology, and society.
Associate of Arts in General Studies
Faculty from humanities and social sciences also
administer and advise the associate of arts in general studies, a two-year
degree program that offers students a broad and varied background in general
education. Completion of the AA will
fulfill the general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree at the
state universities of South Dakota.