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 Mines.
Although SD Mines 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
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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 SD Mines. 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.