New South Dakota academic programs to develop workforce

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Students can pursue some new career fields after the South Dakota Board of Regents approved new academic programs at their June meeting.

To meet emerging workforce and economic development trends across the state, the Board approved the following academic programs:

  • A minor in exercise science at Black Hills State University will expand professional opportunities for students pursuing careers in personal and athletic training, cardiac rehabilitation, and various medical fields. The new minor, consisting of 18 credit hours of study, will be available on the Spearfish campus and at BHSU-Rapid City.
  • A new undergraduate certificate in adventure education at Black Hills State University will prepare graduates as education professionals working in outdoor adventure sports programs and camps, tourism and hospitality, human services, and exercise science. The 12 credit-hour certificate meets a growing need to educate outdoor leaders, while preparing them to manage risk according to professional standards.
  • A minor in art history in Northern State University will prepare students with the foundations of knowledge to pursue careers or further study in art production, history, museum studies, and other artistic fields. The minor, consisting of 18 credit hours of study, will be available through on-campus delivery in Aberdeen.
  • Online delivery by University of South Dakota of an existing graduate certificate in American Indian education, the only graduate certificate of its kind in the Board of Regents’ system. Making the coursework available online seeks to meet the needs of educators and practitioners working with Native American communities.

Students should contact the institutions offering these new programs for more information.