The Humanities build intellectual and creative awareness.

The Department of Humanities provides study in the fields of art, art history, communication, foreign languages, humanities, literature, music, philosophy, and western civilization. The curriculum uses a broad-based approach, often developing linkages between the humanities and the science, engineering, and technical fields that School of Mines students enter after graduation.

Although the School of Mines offers no degrees in specific humanities and social sciences disciplines, Humanities and Social Sciences are designed to complement the technical curriculum and enrich the academic and intellectual lives of Mines’ students. 

General Education Core Requirements

See: General Education Goals Checklist
Coursework in humanities can be used to fulfill the requirements of the South Dakota Board of Regents General Education Goal 4 (Humanities): Students will understand the diversity and complexity of the human experience through study of the arts and humanities.

All degree-seeking students at the School of Mines are required to complete six semester hours of approved general education humanities 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.

Coursework in communications taught by the humanities faculty is used to fulfill the requirements of General Education Goals 1 and 2:

  • Students will write effectively and responsibly and understand and interpret the written expression of others. 
  • Students will communicate effectively and responsibly through speaking and listening. 

Students pursuing baccalaureate degrees at the School of Mines take a nine-credit sequence: Engl 101 Composition I; Engl 279 Technical Communications I; and Engl 289 Technical Communications II.

Students must complete the entire sequence to fulfill Goals 1 and 2.

Engl 101 – Composition I; Engl 201 Composition II; and Spcm 101 Fundamentals of Speech can be used to fulfill Goals 1 and 2 only for students seeking the Associate of Arts degree (AA) in General Studies. AA majors who anticipate applying to a BS program at SDSM&T following completion of the AA should take the Engl 101, Engl 279, Engl 289 sequence

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences faculty administer and advise the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences (IS) program, which is a science degree that offers students three unique choices in specialization: atmospheric sciences; health sciences; and science, technology, and society. The IS degree provides students with the flexibility to enroll in a variety of math and science courses, as well as carefully chosen electives in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Individually designed IS programs enable students to tailor the focus of their degrees, and encourages the integration and application of knowledge from diverse disciplines.

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.