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

General Studies, A.A.

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Contact Information

Dr. Frank Van Nuys
Department of Social Sciences
Classroom Building 305
(605) 394-2481

The Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies is a two-year degree program that provides a student the opportunity to complete a curriculum in traditional fields of study. The curriculum offers a broad and varied background in general education as well as opportunities to explore a number of disciplines as a basis for entrance into a four-year degree program. Completion of the A.A. degree will fulfill the general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree at the state universities of South Dakota. Approved general education courses from other state universities may be used to satisfy the School of Mines general education requirements. The program of studies is as follows:

Associate of Arts Degree General Education Requirements

Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.

A. Written and Oral Communication

A minimum of 9 semester hours is required. This requirement can be met by taking one of two sequences of courses. Either:


Students who intend to continue at or return to Mines for a B.S. degree should take the first sequence—ENGL 101 , ENGL 279 , ENGL 289 .

B. Humanities

Courses in history, literature, philosophy, religion, non-English languages, art, music, and theatre may be used. A minimum of 6 semester hours in two disciplines (i.e., two different course prefixes or a two-semester sequence in a foreign language), is required. Courses offered at Mines include the following:


ART and ARTH are considered the same prefix.

C. Social Sciences

Courses in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology may be used. A minimum of 6 semester hours in two disciplines (i.e., two different course prefixes), is required. Courses offered at Mines include the following:

D. Mathematics

A minimum of 3 semester hours of college algebra or a math course with college algebra as a prerequisite is required.

E. Natural Sciences

A minimum of 6 semester hours in the natural sciences is required including one semester hour of laboratory. Courses in biology, chemistry, earth science, geology, and physics may be used. The following courses are offered at Mines:


Total semester hours required to graduate is 60. The number of elective credits will vary depending on the courses selected in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. All elective courses must be approved by the student‘s academic advisor.

Other Degree Requirements

Students are required to pass the CAAP proficiency examination. For additional information on this examination, contact the Office of the Registrar and Academic Services at (605) 394-2400.

Students must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in order to graduate with this degree.

After completion of 45 credit hours, students may register for up to nine hours of 300 level courses.

Students must meet the Institutional Credit Requirements, which include completion of a minimum of 15 credits from School of Mines. In addition, 8 of the last 15 credits counted toward the degree must be taken from School of Mines.

This information and an A.A. worksheet may be found at:

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