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Take a Closer Look.

CROSS CULTURES. USF offers a private Christian liberal arts education to students from all walks of life. Our motto is Culture for Service. This means we provide ample opportunities for our students to serve others. We deliver a first-class education and reflect strong Christian values. No wonder our graduates are so amazing. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Top 10 Things to Know About USF:

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Dr. Mark Benedetto USF President



Go ahead and relax. We’re with your son or daughter the whole way.


The whole way is our way. And we think you’re going to love it.

We understand your worries when it comes to sending your son or daughter off to college. This is exactly why USF operates more like a family than a university. Here you’ll find a tight campus community where professors know their students by name. We’re located in one of the safest cities in the nation. Because of our size and culture, it’s easy for students to get involved and form lifelong friendships. The best part? We pray for the safety, happiness and success of our students every day.


Talk to anyone at the University of Sioux Falls about their experience and you’ll hear about a community that caters to “the whole person.” We believe in providing you with a well-rounded, Christian experience that’s more than academics or athletics or fine arts. Here you’ll learn the value of serving others. You’ll grow in new directions. You’ll challenge yourself to be more than you ever thought possible. To us, “the whole way” is the reason the USF campus feels like home. It’s why students love their professors. It’s why freshmen don’t get lost in the crowd. And it’s why you’ll fit right in no matter who you are or where you’re from.

A Note to Moms and Dads.

What does “the whole way“ mean to you?

»More than 1,500 students call USF home. Of undergraduates, 96 percent reported finding employment in their major or chosen field within » 6 months of graduation. »USF offers 35 academic majors and 7 pre-professional programs. »More than 100 student clubs, teams, organizations and activities are your ticket to getting involved. »Athletes and fans alike will enjoy the action of 17 NCAA Division II varsity sports. USF offers one of the most affordable private Christian educations around with 97 percent of our » students receiving financial aid. »Our student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. »USF is welcoming and inclusive of all denominations with dozens represented on campus.

“USF is a welcoming

environment. There are many denominations represented on campus, and nobody is judgmental about your faith." Amanda Murtha,

business administration major, Parkston, S.D.

Many of our students tell us they felt called to come to USF. We hear it from faculty and staff, too. Maybe it’s even happening to you right now! USF is blessed to have a rich diversity of students from many denominations on campus. As a Christian liberal arts university, our mission is “to foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world.” In a nutshell, we want to help you better yourself and the world in which you live. How cool is that?

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“USF was exactly what I needed as far as growing in my relationship with God. I rely on God to help me be here. I don’t worry about what comes next.” –––– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Those are the words of Micah Schiller, a not-so-typical college student who gave up his football scholarship at USF when he felt God pulling him in another direction. That direction turned out to be an after-school mentoring program for high school students called Young Life. Micah, who hails from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, is passionate about mentoring young people and serving others. His involvement in Young Life allows him to reach out and build relationships with teens and talk to them about God. “I really feel called to serve. My dad is a pastor, so opportunities to serve were always stressed in my life. God gave me my talents and my body, so I find joy in using them, whether I’m painting someone’s house, helping someone move or mentoring kids. USF offers a lot of ways to reach out,” he explains.

he Banquet, Lunch is Served, Kids »TAgainst Hunger and other food ministries in Sioux Falls

»South Dakota Indian Reservations »D enver Mile High Ministries »Jamaica mission »H aiti mission »Area churches, youth groups and after-school programs »South Dakota State Penitentiary »Youth Mentoring Programs –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Campus Chapel. Chapel is optional for students and is held every Tuesday at 10 a.m., often featuring inspirational speakers, dynamic worship music, worship dance team performances and more.

“I know it’s going to be service oriented. I’m not happy unless I’m serving others. It’s probably the reason I’m at USF in the first place,” he says with a smile.


Micah is majoring in criminal justice and pursuing a biblical studies minor. He isn’t sure where his degree will take him, but he is sure it will be fulfilling.


“Football was a blast. I loved it. But my focus shifted when I had the chance to work with young people. I felt God wanted to use me in a different way,” he says. “Giving up the scholarship was an issue, but I knew God wouldn’t let money keep me from being here. It’s funny because I don’t even think about it. Every semester it just works.”



Giving up his football scholarship is just one example of Micah’s faith.

Some of the ways you can serve:



What does Christian liberal arts mean for you? Everything! At USF, you’re exposed to a wide variety of disciplines ranging from art to writing, science to math. The liberal arts core requirements encourage critical thinking, creativity, communication and a deep appreciation of literature. As a new student, you will also learn more about the foundation, values and history of Christianity through classes like Introduction to the Bible and Introduction to Christian Thought. By the time you graduate from USF, you’ll have a diverse set of skills and experiences to help you accomplish your goals. And that’s the whole point.

“The Christian liberal arts community gives us the freedom to talk about issues of faith and engage in very dynamic conversations. There is no sense that there is a wrong denomination. For many of my students, USF is an affirmation of their beliefs.“ Dr. Nicholle Schuelke,

associate professor of English and humanities chair

Students at USF are extremely involved in campus life. Athletes perform in theatre, math geniuses sing in the choir. There are no stereotypes here, just people who like to have fun. Rashelle Smith of Holdrege, Neb., is just one example of a student with diverse interests. Just look at all she does: –––– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –––––––––

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the choir and El Salvador for Study Abroad Was named Outstanding Exercise Science Freshman Works as a tele-counselor for the admissions office

Whether you need to grab lunch and a cup of coffee, pick up your mail, chat with friends or hit the books with your study group, it all happens at the McDonald Center. As the hub of student activity, this spacious new complex is designed to promote community through a variety of convenient services and activities.


ajors in exercise science and psychology » MParticipates in campus theatre » Works as a student athletic trainer » Plays intramural basketball » Participates in a prayer group » Choreographs and dances for Pazaz, » USF’s worship dance team in the choir » SOings ffers advice through the Student Athletic » Advisory Committee as traveled to Israel and Egypt with the » Hcampus pastor and fellow students, Italy with

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Matt Harsch is a history major from West Fargo, N.D., who likes cat naps and late nights at The Fryin’ Pan. His typical day looks something like this: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ––––––––––

around 7:45 a.m. »Up until noon »Classes Lunch with »Cat nap friends in “the Caf” »Homework/coffee »Soccer, ping pong or basketball »Dinner »Prayer group »Resident Assistant on duty » from 7 p.m. until midnight until 2 a.m. »Homework »Fryin’ Pan until 3 a.m.

The Scene. The USF campus is a beautiful combination of lush green spaces, stately historic halls and innovative facilities with modern aesthetics and technology. This environment provides students with a relaxing place to study, play and live.

The USF community is designed to make

All of the residence halls are staffed by full-time, live-in Resident Directors (typically USF grads and sometimes married couples) who provide guidance, leadership, advice and friendship to new students. Additionally, Resident Assistants serve on each floor planning activites and providing daily assistance to make community living a highlight of the college experience. All of the halls have a common laundry and cooking area for USF students.

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College Survival Tips:

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Burgess Hall is an all-male residence hall located near the Cleveland Center and Stewart Center.


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Grand Island Hall is an all-female residence hall with a large central lounge.


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Kroske Hall is where men occupy rooms on the first floor and women live on the second and third floors.




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Bill & Marian Sullivan Faith & Living Center is our newest and largest residence hall for second, third and fourth-year students.


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Collier Baker Hall offers apartment-style suites for both men and women. Each apartment is equipped for four students and is complete with a kitchenette and bathroom with shower.



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Patterson Hall features one and two-bedroom apartment-style living units.


USF makes every effort to keep students safe and secure. You’ll find well-lit parking lots, security cameras, a mass notification system, text-message alerts, a 24/7 security team and a security office led by a former South Dakota state trooper.

Personal Space.






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All freshmen and sophomores live on campus which means the residence halls will be a lively part of your college experience. You can bring (almost) all the comforts of home to your room. Many students put a little personality into their surroundings with door signs and posters, furniture, rugs, comforters, flat screens, refrigerators, lamps and more.


»A good hat will double as a comb. »Caffeine is your new best friend. »Purple is the new black. »Mac and cheese counts as a food group. »Quarters are like gold. »Txtng beats calling (except your mom). »Your advisor is usually right. »The bigger the laundry basket the better. »Ping pong is serious business. »Math professors know all the answers. »Cougar fans are loud. »Flip-flops are up there with food, shelter and clothing. You’ll know more than half the campus » community by Christmas.

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The USF Honors Program is a rigorous academic program that pushes students to explore widely, think creatively, study earnestly, live enthusiastically and serve sincerely. USF Honors Students participate in the USF Honors Core, an enriched, interdisciplinary approach to the liberal arts core, complete Honors coursework in their majors, carry out individual research mentored by faculty members, have access to travel and research grants, develop community through Honors events and receive recognition at graduation and on their transcripts as Honors Students.

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“My goal is to work as a CPA in a larger city and hopefully use my Spanish to travel internationally in my career.“ Amanda Talsma,

Spanish and accounting major, honors student, Chandler, Minn.

If you want to have a deep intellectual conversation, you don’t have to go far. More than half of USF’s full-time undergraduate students receive an academic scholarship. Professors encourage critical thinking and challenge their students to explore difficult topics. Courses at USF are relevant to the real world and require hands-on learning. You couldn’t snooze your way through a lecture if you tried — the dynamic classroom activities are just too engaging.

“Impacting lives is the reason I went into teaching.“ Dr. Joy Lind,

asistant professor of mathematics

THE JOY OF MATH. Think you’ll never use mathematics in the real world? Don’t be so sure. Dr. Joy Lind is determined to show students that math is not only relevant but fun and interesting as well. “I see that women especially tend to dislike math. I think one reason is because of a lack of female role models,” she says. “Students walk into my intro level classes with dread on their faces. My goal is to change their opinions.” To prove that math is useful, Dr. Lind often has students solve problems that affect lives. “We might use math to determine the most efficient route for a postal worker to follow,” she explains. In order to better teach practical math applications, Dr. Lind felt called to leave her position as a math professor for a corporate job several years ago.

confidential, professional counseling and safety advocacy »Free in any and all subjects »Tutoring USF Writing Center with one-on-one writing instruction »USF Math Center one-on-one math instruction »Career services towith you identify and achieve your professional goals »Learning accessibilityhelpservices to provide accommodations for students with disabilities »


If you are in need of help, guidance, counseling, tutoring or advice, the Academic Success Center is a great resource. Here are just a few of the services offered:


Academic Success Center.



As a woman in a male-dominated field, Dr. Lind urges her female students not to be intimidated by math and science. She also makes an effort to be involved in activities outside math class, including her role as faculty sponsor of the Pazaz worship dance team. Her genuine interest in her students’ lives is one reason Dr. Lind received the 2009 Outstanding Faculty of the Year award. Still, her greatest achievement is seeing a student succeed.


“I was doing a disservice to my students by teaching without having applied the mathematics in the real world,” she says. “I left teaching and took a corporate position where I explored many different areas, from project management to business analysis. After reaching the level of senior manager, God told me it was time to go back to teaching.”


Semester Hours (s.h.) for Major

Semester Hours (s.h.) for Minor

Sample Course Requirements

Addltional Requirements

Potential Careers

Mean National Annual Wage*

Student Notes

Applied Mathematics (B.S.)

49 s.h.


Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Various Math

Minimum 2.25 GPA in all Natural Science courses, Senior Seminar and Colloquium

Engineering, Computers/ Technology, Analysis, Consulting, Research, Science


Math professors know how to make math relevant to real life.

Applied Mathematics for Engineering (B.A.)

49 s.h.


Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Various Math

3 academic years & 96 semester hours at USF, Minimum 2.5 GPA, assessment activities

Engineering, Computers/ Technology, Analyst, Consulting, Research, Science


Dr. Douma is one of my alltime favorite people.

Art (B.A.)

40 s.h. (28 credits in core Art classes, 12 in Graphic Design or Fine Arts concentration)

18 s.h.

Drawing, Design, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Art History; 12 credits in Graphic Design or Fine Arts

2.5 GPA in major courses, 2 faculty reviews, senior exhibit

Graphic Design, Studio Career, Computer Imaging, Photography, Teaching

Art Director $76,980; Fine Artist $48,300; Multi-media and Animator $62,380

Ceca Cooper is the reason I am here. All the art profs are an inspiration.

Biology (B.S.)

56 s.h.

5 biology courses plus 2 semester of Colloquium

Biology, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Genetics, Organic & Biochemistry, Physics

2.0 GPA in Biology courses, participation in program assessment activities, Colloquium

Industry, Research Institions, Government Research, Professional Schools – Medical/ Dental/etc., Teaching

Microbiologist $70,150; Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist $58,820; Biochemistry $88,450

Even science classes involve theology. That’s cool.

Business Administration (B.A.)

47 s.h.

Management Minor 21 s.h., Marketing Minor 24 s.h.

Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Business Law, Business Ethics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, Business Research & Writing

Complete a concentration in accounting, economics, finance, or management information systems, OR complete a minor in management, marketing, or another discipline

Sales, Marketing, Financial Services, Management, Administration, Entrepreneurship

CPA and Auditor $65,840

There are a lot of great mentors in the business dept.

Public Accounting & Business Administration (B.A.)

63 s.h


Accounting, Individual Income Tax, Cost Management, Auditing, Managerial Finance, Marketing, Strategic Management, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics

Complete core coursework with C- or better; Must have 150 s.h. of coursework to sit for Certified Public Accountant Exam

Certified Public Accountant, Management Accounting, Government Accountant, Internal Auditor

Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

The accounting professors are really great at giving advice. They helped me get a job.

Chemistry (B.S.)

60 s.h

23 s.h.

General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Quantitative Analysis, Calculus, Physics, Biology

2.25 GPA in Chemistry courses by end of sophomore year, participation in assessment activities

Research, Government Service, Graduate or Professional Studies

Chemist $71,070

These classes are a challenge but that’s why you should take them.

Communication Studies & Theatre (B.A.)

41 s.h. plus a concentration in either Communication Studies (9 s.h.) or Theatre (12 s.h.)

22 s.h.

Oral Interpretation, Theatre Production, Theatre Management, Stage Management, Playwriting, Argumentation

Participation in co-curricular experiences and a concentration in either Theatre or Communication Studies

Education, Public Relations, Law, Personnel Management, Advertising, Sales, Human Relations, Broadcasting, Ministry

Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

Theatre at USF rocks. It feels like everybody on campus gets involved.

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)

49 s.h.

18 s.h.

Computer Science, Networking, Systems Analysis, Database Management, Accounting, Math, Statistics

Minimum 2.25 GPA in major courses, Colloquium, program assessment activities

System Analysis, System Design, Programming, Project Management


If you love math and computers, you will love this major.

Computer Science (B.S.)

50 s.h.

18 s.h.

Computer Science, Computer Systems Architecture, Programming, Operating Systems, Algorithms, Calculus

Minimum 2.25 GPA in major courses, Senior Seminar

Computer Programming, Systems Analysis, Software Development


Ditto above.

Criminal Justice (B.A.)

39 s.h.

18 s.h.

Criminal Justice, Ethics, Criminology, Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, Evidence, Policing, Corrections, Abnormal Psychology

Minimum grade of C- in each major course

Law Enforcement, Parole Officer, Crime Prevention, Victim Services, Attorney, Private Investigator

Private Detective and Investigator $47,130

Classes are almost as cool as the stuff you see on CSI.

Elementary Education (B.A.)

48 s.h. in education, plus 67-73 s.h. in conjunction with Liberal Arts Requirements

Reading Minor 6 s.h. plus major in Elem. Ed; Endorsements available in BirthPreschool and Kindergarten; Middle School Endorsements

Foundations of Education, Native American Studies, Technology in Education, Developmental Psychology, First Aid/CPR, Differentiated Instruction

Successful completion of Praxis content exam, portfolio, 2.5 GPA in major content/CGPA of 2.6



The education professors bring life experience to the classroom and invite you into their lives.

Pre-Professional Programs –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Chiropractic Science • Dentistry • Law • Medicine • Mortuary Science • Physical Therapy • Veterinary Medicine


Emma Mogen, biology and chemistry double major, Sioux Falls, S.D.

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– • Applied Mathematics (B.S.) • Applied Mathematics for Engineering (B.A.) • Art (B.A.) • Art Education (B.A.) • Biology (B.S.) • Biology Secondary Education Certification • Business Administration (B.A.) • Chemistry (B.S.) • Communication Studies & Theatre (B.A.) • Communication Studies & Theatre Secondary Education Certification • Computer Information Systems (B.S.) • Computer Science (B.S.) • Criminal Justice (B.A.) • Elementary Education (B.A.) • Secondary & K-12 Education Certification • English (B.A.) • English Secondary Education Certification • Language Arts Composite Secondary Education Certification • Exercise Science (B.S.) • History (B.A.) • History Secondary Education Certification • Interdisciplinary (B.A.) • Mathematics (B.S.) • Mathematics Secondary Education Certification • Media Studies (B.A.) • Medical Technology (B.S.) • Music (B.A.) • Music Education (B.A.) • Nursing (B.S.) • Paramedic Technology (B.S.) • Political Science/History (B.A.) • Psychology (B.A.) • Public Accounting (B.A.) • Radiological Technology (B.S.) • Social Science (B.A.) • Social Work (B.A.) • Sociology (B.A.) • Spanish (B.A.) • Spanish Education (B.A.) • Sports Management (B.A.) • Theology & Philosophy (B.A.) • Theology & Youth Ministry (B.A.)


“I’m from Sioux Falls and wanted to go somewhere new for college. But my senior year in high school, I came to campus with my mom and felt like I belonged here. USF is my community. I have everything I need right here.“

Undergraduate Majors Offered at USF:


Want to know more about your areas of interest? Check out this fold-out chart designed to give you a quick overview of USF’s undergraduate majors.


Semester Hours (s.h.) for Major

Semester Hours (s.h.) for Minor

Sample Course Requirements

Addltional Requirements

Potential Careers

Mean National Annual Wage*

Student Notes

Secondary Education Certification

47 s.h. plus a major in area of Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies & Theatre, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Spanish


Foundations of Education, Native American Studies, Human Relations, Technology in Education, Differentiated Instruction, First Aid/CPR

Must fulfill major requirements in chosen area, complete Paraprofessional and Student Teaching experiences



USF has a great reputation in the education community, and that makes all the difference in the job hunt.

English & Language Arts (B.A.)

31 s.h. of English courses and 6-8 s.h. of a foreign language

12 s.h.

American Literature, British Literature, Composition, Playwriting, Business Research & Writing

2.5 GPA within English Major, Writing Portfolio & Colloquium

Graduate Studies, Publishing, Editing, Web Site Development, Advertising, Public Relations, Creative Writing

Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

The professors live what they teach.

18 s.h.

Innovation & Problem Solving, Entrepreneurial Dynamics, Sales & Marketing, Business Plan Development

Grade of C- or better in minor coursework

Marketing, Sales, Management, Project Development, Creative Writing

Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

You’ll be believing that anything is possible.

Entrepreneurial Studies (MINOR)

Exercise Science (B.S.)

30 s.h. core courses, plus concentration (15-25 s.h.)


Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, First Aid/ CPR, Fitness Assessment Methods

Grade of C- or better in major coursework and program assessment activities; Concentration in Exercise Physiology, Sports Science, Health/ Fitness, Sport Psychology, Fitness Management, Coaching, Sports Medicine

Graduate & Professional Programs, Sports Medicine, Fitness Instructor, Coaching

Coaching $35,740; Fitness Instructor $35,340; Athletic Trainer $44,020

There are a lot of hands-on opportunities in this major.

History (B.A.)

30 s.h.

18 s.h.

European History, U.S. History, Ancient History, Medieval History

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in major courses

Ministry, Law, Librarian, Museum Work, Archivist, Historian

Historian $56,350; Librarian $55,670; Archivist $49,600

The history professors are easy to talk to.

Interdisciplinary (B.A.)

36 s.h.


Individually tailored program combines two or more academic concentrations

Interdisciplinary major proposal filed after 32 s.h. but no more than 96 s.h., minimum GPA of 2.5, minimum grade of C in courses towards major


Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

This one is whatever you make of it.

Mathematics (B.S.)

33 s.h.

18 s.h.

Calculus, Probabliity & Statistics, Algebra, Differential Equations, Computer Science, Physics

2.25 GPA in major courses, program assessment activies, presentation in Jr/Sr year

Computer Programming, Business, Statician, Engineering, Graduate/ Professional Studies

Mathematician $93,920

It’s cool to be a female and like math at USF.

Media Studies (B.A.)

25 s.h. plus 18 s.h. in concentration


Design, Electronic Media, Media Writing, Media Issues, Media Theory, Media Law

Strongly advised to take an internship; Must choose a concentration in one of the following: Multi-Media Production, Journalism, Media Marketing, Media Management, Media Research

Journalism, Advertising, Multi-Media Production, Broadcasting, Law

Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

Make sure you get involved with The Vessel, KCFS and College Week!

Medical Technology (B.S.)

52 s.h.


Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics

Encouraged to maintain 3.0; program includes 3 years at USF, plus one professional/clinical year in an approved hospital

Medical Technologist


Working at a hospital for the final year is a great opportunity.

Music (B.A.)

35 s.h.

18 s.h.

Theory, Music Education Methods, History of Music, Music Computer Applications, Conducting

Participation in music ensemble, piano proficiency exam, applied music lessons, recital, annual evaluations

Vocalist, Conductor, Education, Music Production, Performer

Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

The faculty have great vision. The program is strong.

Nursing (B.S.)

59 s.h.


Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacology, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Adult Health, Development

Curriculum provides students extensive clinical experiences beginning with on-campus simulated mannequin clinical training fall of sophomore year and patient contact beginning that spring semester. Application to Nursing Program after 1 full semester of college coursework, post-high school.

Nursing, Graduate/Professional Programs

Registered Nurse $66,530

Nursing really stresses the Culture for Service motto. It’s a great fit.


Semester Hours (s.h.) for Major

Semester Hours (s.h.) for Minor

Sample Course Requirements

Addltional Requirements

Potential Careers

Mean National Annual Wage*

Student Notes

Paramedic Technology (B.S.)

128 credits for graduation, including 44 blanket credits awarded for completion of National Registry Examination


Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics. Medical Terminology

Complete an EMT-Paramedic Program and pass the National Registry Examination



The science and liberal arts courses create the opportunity for advancement in this field.

Political Science/History (B.A.)

36 s.h.

18 s.h.

American Federal Government, U.S. History, Criminal Justice, International Relations

Maintenance of 2.0 GPA in major

Ministry, Law, Teaching, Journalism, Politics, Government Administration, Public Affairs

Varies widely depending on career path and experience

Keeping up on current events really helps with this degree.

Pre-Professional Programs (No degree): Chiropractic

Vary by Major


Course requirements vary by pre-professional program, but may include: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Statistics, Human Development, Calculus, Accounting

In addition to meeting the liberal arts core requirements, students must complete an array of courses and typically choose a related major. Students are encouraged to maintain an overal 3.0 or higher CGPA.

Graduate/Professional Programs in Medicine, Therapy, Mortuary Science,Law, etc.

Varies widely depending on career path and experience.

USF grads end up in some of the most prestigious grad programs in the country.

Psychology (B.A.)

37 s.h.


Biology, Psychology, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Experimental Psychology, Child Psychology, Counseling

Maintain 2.0 GPA in Psychology courses, earn C- or above in all courses towards major

Teaching, Ministry, Communication, Social Services, Business, Personnel Management

Varies widely depending on career path and experience

Professors are passionate about the mind and how it works.

Radiologic Technology (B.S.)

68 s.h. plus 60 blanket credits awarded for compltion of American Registry Examination


Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Physics

Completion of a 24-month JRCERTapproved program in radiologic technology and successful completion of American Registry Examination

Radiologic Technician


If you like medicine but don’t want to be a doctor or nurse, this is a great option.

Social Science (B.A.)

45 s.h.


Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

21 s.h. in field of concentration, plus 9 s.h. in two supporting fields, and 6 s.h. of electives. Must maintain 2.0 in major courses

Law, Ministry, Social Services, Teaching, Personnel Management

Varies widely depending on career path and experience

This is a good major for anyone who likes to help people.

Social Work (B.A.)

50 s.h.


Intro to Social Work, Social Diversity, Social Welfare Policy Analysis, Statistics for Behavior Sciences, Methods of Research

Mental Health, Social Work, Corrections, Family/Children’s Services, Case Management, Human Resources

Family/Children’s Services $43,540; Mental Health $41,350; Corrections $42,610

There are a lot of opportunities to serve at USF which really helps with this degree.

Sociology (B.A.)

30 s.h.

18 s.h.

Sociology, Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, Social Psychology, Native American Studies, Sociological Theory

Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in major courses, Earn C- or above in all major courses

Ministry, Law, Social Work, Law Enforcement, Counseling, Human Services

See above.

Classes help you better understand all types of people.

Spanish (B.A.)

34 s.h.

20 s.h.

Introductory and Intermediate Spanish, Hispanic Literature, Spanish Composition, Spanish Conversation

Double majors must complete 30 s.h. of study in Spanish language

Education, Interpreter, Translator, Healthcare, Law Enforceement, Missions, Social Services

Interpreter and translator $45,700

Assistant Spanish Professor Willie Suarez is muy bien.

Sports Management (B.A.)

47 s.h.


Principles of Sports Marketing, Sport Finance and Budgeting, Legal Environment of Sport, Event and Facilities Management

Choose from a concentration in business, media marketing, coaching or sports medicine

Athletic Administration, Coaching, Recruiting or Scouting, Compliance, Marketing, Sports Information, Event Management, Journalism and Stadium Operations

Varies widely depending on career path and experience

I am eager to connect with Sioux Falls pro sports teams.

Theology & Philosophy (B.A.)

30 s.h.

Theology Minor 15 s.h., Biblical Studies Minor 15 s.h.

History of Christianity, Religion, Letters of Paul, Hebrews to Revelation, Philosophy, Ethics

Cum GPA of 2.5 in major courses

Pastoral/Youth Ministry, Christian Education, Missions, Campus Ministry, Chaplaincy, Teaching

$29,500-$46,500 though can increase dramatically with experience and education,

There are no questions that are off limits. You will learn so much.

Theology & Youth Ministry (B.A.)

42 s.h.


History of Christianity, Religion, Christianity and Culture, World Missions, Juvenile Justice, Adolescent Psychology

Cum GPA of 2.5 in major courses

Pastoral/Youth Ministry, Christian Education, Missions, Campus Ministry, Chaplaincy, Teaching

$29,500-$46,500 though can increase dramatically with experience and education

The fact that USF has a mix of denominations is great. Classroom discussions are mind blowing.

Science, Mortuary Science, Chemisry Pre-Medical/Dental/ Veterinary, Biology Pre-Medical/ Dental/Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Pre-Law

*National mean annual wage according to U.S. Dept. of Labor and Statistics

Got a creative calling? We’ve got the program for you. USF has a thriving fine arts department that caters to the talents and desires of our students. Visionary leadership in the music, art and communication studies and theatre departments has led to significant growth and exciting new possibilities, including the following:

»Singing with one of the USF choirs »Participating in theatre productions »Displaying artwork at area exhibits »Being part of the campus television and radio stations »Joining the staff of the USF newspaper, The Vessel »Playing an instrument in music ensembles »Traveling with the art department on a European art tour »Taking part in the Madrigal Dinners, a Renaissance-themed

USF tradition

AN EDUCATION WITH STRINGS ATTACHED. Esther Nissen, a music major from Sioux Falls, S.D., grew up in a musically-gifted family and began playing the violin at age 12. She took private lessons during high school and won the South Dakota Young Artist Competition in 2009. After graduation (Esther was home schooled) she knew she wanted to take her talents to the next level, but she also wanted a school that supported her Christian beliefs. “I love the theology professors. They challenge me to dig deeper in my faith. I also like the service opportunities and the fact that prayer group and Chapel are just an ordinary part of life here,” she says. Esther also likes the fact that professors go out of their way to accommodate student needs. “I really wanted to perform with a string ensemble, but there wasn’t a chamber strings program when I got here,” she says. “So we started one. I don’t think something like that would happen on a lot of college campuses.” Because Esther was home schooled, she was anxious about the transition to college but says it was no big deal. “I love the atmosphere here. It’s like a family. I feel like I know everyone and I have a ton of friends,” she says.

“Everyone in my family plays at least two instruments. It’s kind of crazy, but music is just who we are.“ Esther Nissen, music major, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Men’s Varsity Sports

Women’s Varsity Sports Basketball • Cross Country • Golf • Soccer • Softball • Tennis • Indoor Track • Outdoor Track • Volleyball •

Sweet New Digs. The new $15-million USF Sanford Sports Complex gives student athletes an impressive place to train and perform. The complex features synthetic turf football and soccer fields, grandstand seating for 6,500, an Olympic-sized 10-lane track and the new Enger-Sandine Cross Country Course.






Basketball • Volleyball • Dodgeball • Flag Football • Kickball • Tennis •


More than one-third of full-time students participate in one or more of the University’s 17 teams. Beginning in 2012-13, USF is now a member of the NCAA Division II, and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Baseball • Basketball • Cross Country • Football • Golf • Soccer • Indoor Track • Outdoor Track •

THE (RE)MAKING OF A DREAM. Think music videos from the 1980s are funny? Mention it to a professor at USF and you’ve got a whole new student organization. “We were talking to a professor about how awesome it would be to remake some of those old school music videos. He thought it was a great idea. Next thing you know, our student activities coordinator is on board and we’re making a video,” says Jordan Farrell, one of the students involved in the 1980s Video Remake Club. (left) Dan Terveen, chemistry and biology double major, Spearfish, S.D. (right) Jordan Farrell, history and theology double major, Omaha, Neb.

Dan Terveen is also involved in the club “mostly because I kind of look like Daryl Hall when I wear a wig.” Dan and Jordan are friends but claim to be complete opposites. Dan is a chemistry and biology double major from Spearfish, S.D., and Jordan is a history and theology double major from Omaha, Neb. The two met during the USF Winter Olympic Games and have been involved in crazy projects ever since. “Basically, we watch a bunch of videos and try to figure out which ones we want to remake. We’ll try to think of people on campus that look like the cast,” explains Dan. “We found Rick Springfield and Cindi Lauper, and, of course, I got to be Daryl Hall.” Once the group decides on a video, Alex Heinert, student activities coordinator, does the directing. “Alex is the reason this actually happened; he does the majority of the directing and editing. It is exciting to have a student activities coordinator who is so supportive of fun and crazy ideas, like remaking 1980s music videos,” Jordan says. In fact, the 1980s Video Remake Club was made an official student organization in 2009 with ambitious plans for the future. “We are thinking about ‘We Are the World.’ We’d need a huge cast for that one, but it would be sweet,” Dan says.

Looking for something to do between classes? USF has more than 100 student clubs, organizations and activities ranging from Chess Club to Jazz Ambassadors. If you don’t find the organization you are looking for, our ambitious student activities coordinator will help you get things started.

All Kinds of Fun. You will love some of the crazy social activities sponsored on campus. We can’t give it all away — half the fun is in the surprise — but you might want to brush up on your Pac Man, practice growing your beard and do some winter Olympic training. Oh, and bring your camera. We just

Finding Fellowship. Kyle Shock, a business major from Sioux Falls, S.D., leads a Fellowship for Christian Athletes meeting in the Stewart Center. FCA invites all athletes to start a relationship with Jesus Christ or build on the one they already have.


• Jazz Ambassadors • Law and Justice Club • Model United Nations • National Society of Leadership and Success • Pazaz Worship Dance Team • Phi Alpha Honor Society in Social Work • Prison Ministry • Science Club • Sigma Tau Delta Society • Social Work Interest Club (SWAT) • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) • Summer Camp Ambassadors • The 1980s Video Remake Club • The Vessel student newspaper • USF Democrats • USF Republicans • Worship Team


• Alpha Chi • Alpha Psi Omega • Association of Cougar Education Students (ACES) • Business Club • Campus Crusade for Christ • Chess Club • Concert Chorale and University Singers • Diversity Club • Exercise Science Club • Fellowship of Christian Athletes • Flying and Aviation Study Club • Forensics • Honor Societies • Independent Theatre • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship • Intramural Sports


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can’t make up this stuff.

“I’m from Flandreau, S.D., and was the last person you would think of moving to Boston. My professors not only encouraged me in my classes, they gave me the confidence to do something that was totally out of the box for me. I had a lot of reservations about moving to a big city. USF gave me the push I needed to do anything I wanted.“


Kacie Fodness,

English degree from USF; pursuing master’s degree from U. of Massachusetts

Recent Internship Placements: International Trade Intern, Sioux Falls » Chamber of Commerce & Regional Airport/

USF students are transforming lives and leaving their footprints around the world. Students are studying and traveling abroad, participating in exciting internship programs, graduating into dynamic careers and pursuing graduate degrees at prestigious universities across the country.

Great Plains International Trade Association

»Art Therapist at Avera Behavioral Health Hotel Management Internship in » Great Britain Internship with the FBI » Sports Nutrition Internship at the National » Institute for Athletic Health & Performance Athletic Intern at the University of » Notre Dame Research Internships at Avera Behavioral » Health in Sioux Falls Exercise Science Internships at the » Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls

Impacting Lives. Kayla Jones, a social work major from Mitchell, S.D., spent her final semester at USF doing an internship for a Minneapolis, Minn., non-profit organization called Impact Lives. In addition to earning 12 credits for her experience, Kayla is transforming lives through the research she does for the organization.


For 128 years, our students have been challenged to positively impact society locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our alumni’s footprints are everywhere! So broaden your worldview, gain a global lens and deepen your faith while making lasting memories and building your resume. Study abroad for a semester or take a January interim travel course to such places as England, France, Germany, Haiti, Hawaii, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain and more.

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Study Abroad Partner Institutions

Universidad del Este San Juan, Puerto Rico Universidad del Este promotes the integral development of a diverse student population through research, critical-creative thought, knowledge building and application.


Handong Global University Pohang, Korea HGU prepares global leaders through total education, combining moral and academic training geared for today’s global and information era.


The American University of Greece, DEREE Athens, Greece DEREE’s park-like campus is an ideal setting to study, offering modern classrooms, an impressive library, and Olympic-quality athletic facilities.


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Port Elizabeth, South Africa NMMU is known for art and design, building, chartered accounting, engineering, health and environmental sciences and information technology.


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From grabbing a bite at a funky downtown eatery, to climbing a rock wall in the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, there’s something for everyone in Sioux Falls.

USF is located in the middle of everything, including Sioux Falls — which is located in the middle of everything else! Miles of paved bike trails weave through the parks system. An eclectic downtown vibe complete with great food, original art and unique boutique shopping beckons to locals and tourists alike. Minor league sports action, impressive mall shopping and more than 500 restaurants keep things hopping all year long. With a population of more than 150,000, Sioux Falls is a regional destination and a place we feel proud to call home.


1. Bike trail. Enjoy 19.3 miles of paved trails around the city. 2. Church life. You’ll find more than 150 churches of all denominations in Sioux Falls. 3. Recreation. Bring your skis, your bike, your canoe, your fishing pole, your camping gear… 4. Night life. Choose from movies, dancing, dining, music, bowling and community events every weekend. 5. Coffee houses. We’ve got your flavor. 6. Arts and Theatre. Sioux Falls is the hub. 7. Nature. Sioux Falls is near dozens of state parks, lakes, hiking trails and biking trails. 8. Shop. Get your fill of 180 stores at the Empire Mall or shop one-of-a-kind boutiques city wide. 9. Events. Look for something new to do every day of the week. 10. Sports action. Sioux Falls is home to Stampede hockey, Pheasants baseball, Storm football, Skyforce basketball and, of course, Cougar athletics!


Liz Thompson, business administration major, Littleton, Colo.

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“There’s always something to do here, whether it’s going to a movie, a game or even just a late night food run.“

Work/Study/Live! A private Christian liberal arts education is more affordable than you think. USF offers one of the lowest cost-percredit tuition rates in the Midwest. We also have an aggressive financial aid department dedicated to helping you find scholarships, grants and student aid to make your experience even more cost efficient. USF awards more than $23 million in financial aid to students each year. For more detailed information and a full listing of scholarship opportunities, visit, email or call 605-331-6623.

Ali Long, a nursing major from Spearfish, S.D., is following a family tradition by attending the University of Sioux Falls. Several of her cousins, aunts and uncles are proud to call themselves Cougars! As a scholarship recipient, Ali knows a thing or two about USF’s affordability, too. She’s just one of the 97 percent of USF’s student body to receive a portion of the $23 million in scholarships awarded. This financial aid is critical to Ali’s success in the School of Nursing, a rigorous program that provides real-life teaching, advanced technology and simulated classroom experiences to help enrich the learning process before students begin their clinical experiences.

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Includes 12 through 16 semester hours each semester plus up to four semester hours during Interim. • Tuition .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $22,970 per year • Student Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $450 per year • Interim Fee.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $320 per year • Estimated Room and Board (on campus). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6,790 per year • TOTAL ESTIMATED COST PER YEAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30,530 Estimate is for double-occupancy rate in a traditional residence hall. Actual cost will be based on the student’s chosen meal plan. –––––––––––––––––––––– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

THE NEXT STEP. GO THE WHOLE WAY. USF offers personal campus visits anytime. Simply call us at 1-800-888-1047 or email us at and we’ll get things set up for you. Your visit includes meeting with admissions, financial aid and taking a campus tour. If you would like to meet with a professor, coach or fine arts director, they are always excited to talk to prospective students.

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