Purpose: General education is the foundational core of an undergraduate education. It provides students with a comprehensive educational experience and prepares them for study within their major. The foundational coursework teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively, solve problems, generate new ideas and create knowledge, make connections between academic disciplines, respect and understand differences, and develop intellectual curiosity and love of learning as citizens and leaders.
BOR policy 2:7 and 2:26 identify: (a) the purpose of the requirement, (b) the skills to be developed in each course that satisfies the requirement, and (c) the list of approved courses. Students may only select general education courses from the approved list included in this policy.
*Students must select 3 additional credit hours from either SGR Goal #3, Goal #4, or Goal #6 to complete 24 credit hours of required General Education credits. (Associate of Science recommends 6 credit hours of SGR #6 Natural Sciences with laboratory).
♦If additional 3 credit hours are selected in SGR #3, the course must be from two different disciplinary prefixes.
♦♦If additional 3 credit hours are selected in SGR #4, 3 credit hours must be in Arts and 3 credit hours must be in Humanities.
The System General Education Requirements will be effective for students.
Only 100/200 level courses will be included. Exceptions based on student background may be made utilizing the established university academic appeal process.
Honors courses equivalent to identified System General Education courses will meet the System requirements.
Students who complete the System General Education Requirements at any SD Board of Regents institution and then transfer to another SD Board of Regents institution even if the receiving institution has different credit/course distribution and approved course lists. All prerequisites for associate and baccalaureate programs must be completed as determined by the student’s degree plan. See SDBOR policy 2:5 for additional guidance on transfer of general education credits and Academic Affairs Guidelines 8.3 and Academic Affairs Guidelines 8.4.
A student who has not completed all general education requirements at the sending institution will be required to complete additional coursework consistent with the course requirements at the receiving South Dakota Regental institution.
Students who have successfully earned an A.A. or A.S. degree at an institution approved by the Academic Affairs Council General Education Block Transfer process have met the specified general education requirements at the University of South Dakota. See Academic Affairs Council Transfer of General Education Block Credit.
The Board of Regents has developed a standardized placement process to ensure that entering students are placed into Math and English courses most appropriate for their ability and background.
Entering students must show evidence of their level of academic preparation prior to their enrollment into their initial mathematics and English courses. All entering students seeking an associate or baccalaureate degree must provide valid Enhanced ACT scores or SAT score (within the last five years) or must take the College Board Accuplacer examination in the areas of writing skills and mathematics. All non-degree seeking students enrolling in English and/or mathematics courses must provide Enhanced ACT scores or must take the College Board Accuplacer examination in the areas of writing skills and mathematics.
In addition to scores on these assessments, other information such as high school GPA and curriculum completed may also be considered as placement decisions are made.
Transfer students who have completed equivalent general education coursework in English and mathematics are exempt from this requirement.
Students transferring will be allowed to transfer their placement test scores and/or relevant course credits and continue their sequence of courses in English and/or mathematics.
Each institution shall give students prior notice that it will provide reasonable accommodations for test takers in keeping with institutional practices implementing the South Dakota Human Relations Act of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (refer to Board Policy 1:19).