Dec 06, 2021  
2007-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Information


The University of South Dakota has been accredited through the doctoral level by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association since 1913. The University is an active member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and many other educational agencies.

Individual schools and departments have received additional accreditation from their appropriate professional organizations. The names of these schools/departments, their accrediting agency, and dates of their initial accreditation follow.

School of Business   The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International)   1949
School of Education   National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)   1956
School of Law   Council on the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA)   1923
School of Medicine   Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)   1929
Art   National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)   1979
Chemistry   American Chemical Society (ACS)   1941
Communication Disorders   American Standards Board - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association   1974
Counseling & Psychology in   Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs Education (CACREP)   1993
Dental Hygiene   Commission on Accreditation of Dental & Dental Auxiliary Educational Programs of the American Dental Association (ADA)   1969
Health Services Administration   Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)   1988
Contemporary Media & Journalism   Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (ACEJMC)   1997
Music   National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)   1956
National Music Museum   American Association of Museums (AAM)   1980
Nursing   National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)   1976
Occupational Therapy   Accrediting Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)   1993
Physical Therapy   Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)   1993
Physician Assistant Studies   Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)1995   1995
Clinical Psychology   American Psychological Association (APA)   1971
Public Administration   National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)   1983
School Psychology   National Association of School Psychology (NASP)   2000
Social Work   Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)   1974
Theatre   National Association of Schools for Theatre (NAST)   1991

The University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota, the first public university established in the Dakota Territory and the flagship university within the South Dakota system of higher education, highly values excellence in teaching and learning, advancement of knowledge, public service, freedom of thought and expression, and personal responsibility and development. USD provides a strong liberal arts education and an array of regionally and nationally recognized professional and graduate programs. Undergraduate programs provide a solid foundation for entry-level careers and for graduate and professional degrees at USD or other institutions of higher education. Graduate and professional programs at USD prepare students to contribute to their disciplines and professions as well as to their communities through scholarship, leadership, and service. The University provides students an intellectually stimulating educational experience, in and out of the classroom, within a supportive and diverse community of active learners. The students’ academic and personal growth is assured through an innovative curriculum that integrates excellence in teaching with research and service. At USD, students are inspired to become lifelong learners who will make significant contributions through leadership and service as citizens of the state, the nation, and the world. USD relies on strategic planning, program review, and assessment activities to refine its vision and measure its success in achieving its goal to be the best small, public flagship university in the nation built upon a liberal arts foundation.