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2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

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President’s Message

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For 125 years BHSU has been transforming lives through innovative academic programs and a dynamic learning community. BHSU is a growing university with nationally accredited programs. Our faculty are known for their dedication to students and are committed to assisting you in your academic pursuits.

We provide challenging and stimulating courses as well as quality student activities that allow for discovery and growth. We encourage our students to enhance their college experience through student internships, undergraduate research projects, study abroad programs, and service learning opportunities. We know that our students emerge with a greater degree of confidence and determination that helps them succeed throughout their lives.
You are to be commended for your decision to pursue your degree. Your college years provide you a chance to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds, to grow intellectually and socially, and to prepare for the rest of your life. Black Hills State University is your partner in this venture. Together, we will celebrate your successes, especially your ultimate goal–graduation. Earning a degree from BHSU will provide you with the opportunity to transform your life.

Kay Schallenkamp
President, Black Hills State University

The Campus


BHSU is a dynamic and growing multipurpose university with nationally accredited degrees in education, business, and the arts and sciences. Black Hills State University is a community of educators and leaders that values individuals, ideas and innovation.

The BHSU campus is recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in the region. Today the university campus in Spearfish consists of 123 acres and 20 main buildings in addition to Ida Henton Park and Lyle Hare Stadium.

The BHSU campus continues to grow and expand. Construction recently began for a Student Union expansion that will more than double the amount of space available for students. Plans are underway for an $8-million science building. The 26,000-square foot science building will be located west of the current Jonas Science wing.

Clare and Josef Meier Hall, a state-of-the-art music and classroom building, was added in the center of campus in 2003. This magnificent 44,919 square foot building includes a 280-seat recital hall, choir and band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, soundproof practice rooms, conference rooms, instrument storage areas, keyboard, listening and piano labs and faculty offices. 

A majority of the University’s instructional programs and offices are housed in Woodburn Hall, Jonas Hall, and the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center contains learning resources, both print and non-print. The university library is also the site of the mainframe computer that services the statewide library network.

Five residence halls and an apartment complex accommodate nearly 850 students. The David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union serves the social and recreational needs of the students. The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, which was completed in 1990, provides exceptional fitness facilities and an aquatics center, as well as classrooms and faculty offices.



Our academic programs are delivered through three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Technology, and the College of Education.  BHSU is accredited through: The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahigherlearning and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (30th North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago IL 60602-2504, 800-621-7440); The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20036 - 202-466-7496); International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (PO Box 25217, Overland Park, KS - 913.631.9154); accredits the university; and the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston VA 20190



Black Hills State University Mission Statement


The legislature established Black Hills State University as a liberal arts university to meet the needs of the State and region by providing undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Board implemented SDCL 13-59-1 by authorizing undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional education, to promote excellence in teaching and learning, to support research, scholarly and creative activities, and to provide service to the State of South Dakota and the region. Black Hills State University is the only multipurpose university in Western South Dakota.


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Degrees are authorized at the associate, baccalaureate, and masters levels.