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2013-2014 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2013-2014 SDSM&T Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Humanities and Social Sciences Department

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Although SDSM&T offers no degrees in the humanities and social sciences, our HU/SS courses will complement your technical study and enrich your academic and intellectual life.

Contact Information

Dr. Sue Shirley
Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences
Classroom Building 310
(605) 394-2481
E-mail: Sue.Shirley@sdsmt.edu


Humanities Faculty

Professors Antonen, Boysen, Feiszli, Palmer, Rice, Shirley and Sneller; Associate Professors Hudgens, Lee and Mitchell; Assistant Professors Adkins and Tidwell; Associate Professor Emerita Lee.


The Department of Humanities provides study in the fields of art, 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 technological fields that our School of Mines students enter after graduation.

Humanities Courses


Art Upper-level:


English Upper-level:

Foreign Language:




Humanities Upper-level:

Speech Communications:


1 Does not meet general requirements for graduation.

2 Meets general requirements for graduation, but not for humanities credits.

3 May not be used as humanities credit, but may be used for free elective credit. Consult advisor for further details.

4 May not be used as humanities credit, but may be used for PE or free elective credit. Consult advisor for further details.

5 May not be used for credit.

6 May be used for humanities credit but does not count as general education credit.

The Music Program and the Apex Gallery

The Music Program

The Music Program, a division of the Department of Humanities, is housed in the Music Center on the southeast corner of the main quadrangle.  Cultural and educational enrichment opportunities provided by Music Activities include the following:

  • Academic offerings — see courses listed under MUS, MUEN, or MUAP in this catalog, on Web Advisor, or on the Music Activities website www.sdsmt.edu/music
  • Ensembles — Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Master Chorale, Brass Choir, University Orchestra, University Choir, and other instrumental and vocal ensembles.
  • Performance Opportunities

Concerts and recitals are presented throughout the year both on campus in the Music Center and at venues around Rapid City and the Black Hills.  Appearances are made throughout South Dakota and neighboring states at various venues such as the music association conventions, alumni gatherings, festivals, and competitions.

Music ensembles have traveled to major national and international music events resulting in critical acclaim and recognition through first-place awards such as the New Years Eve Mass in Vienna’s Karlskirche (1990), Lindenholzhausen Harmonie-Festival (1993), Forence’s Palazzo Vecchio (1996), Circolo Musica in Venice (2001), the Association of Irish Musical Societies Choral Festival (2006), and the Konstanz (Germany) Münster (1993, 1996, 2003, 2010).

For current concert listings and more information, visit www.sdsmt.edu/music


The Apex Gallery

The Apex Gallery was established in 1989 and is housed in the Classroom Building.  Open year-round, it offers educational and science exhibitions for the enjoyment and enrichment of people of all ages.  The gallery features contemporary works of artists and scientists, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized.  These exhibits are designed to reflect a cross section of cultural expressions and perspectives.

In addition to providing on-campus students and staff with opportunities to view the exhibits, the Apex Gallery offers tours to local middle-schools, features lectures from visiting artists, provides campus and community workshops, and conducts collaborative programming and exhibitions with Rapid City’s Dahl Fine-Arts Center.  For additional information, visit apexgallery.sdsmt.edu/


Social Sciences

Social Sciences Faculty

Associate Professors Dendinger, McReynolds and Van Nuys; Assistant Professors Dreyer and Pritchard; Devereaux Library Director Andersen; Associate Librarian Collection Development Davies; Professor Emeritus Goss.

Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences provides courses in the branch of study that focuses on the institutions and functioning of people in society.  By utilizing empirical and quantitative methods in the study of human beings, the curriculum often reflects the technical and scientific nature and mission of the university.

Social Sciences Courses


Geography Upper-level:

History Upper-level:

Political Science:

Political Science Upper-level:



Sociology Upper-level:

Business and Economics Courses:

Business courses are available from Black Hills State University. ECON 201 or ECON 202 may be used toward fulfillment of the general education requirements in Social Sciences. BADM 350 and BADM 360 may be used as upper division Social Science courses. All other BADM and ACCT courses are counted toward graduation as electives only.

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 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 science; pre-professional health sciences; and science, technology, and society.  For additional information, see

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 the baccalaureate degree at the state universities of South Dakota.  For additional information, see



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