Arts and humanities
Arts & Humanities
Aspire to become the best version of yourself

EXPAND YOUR CREATIVITY

Black Hills State University has a long history of preparing liberal arts majors for interesting and rewarding careers. There are great opportunities in a variety of different career fields with a degree in arts & humanities. Discover the potential you never knew you had with state-of-the-art equipment and great faculty to guide you.



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STUDIO ART / ART EDUCATION

Study Studio Art at BHSU and have the opportunity to work beside professional artists who play an essential role in your educational experience. Through the BHSU Art program you will learn everything you need to follow a career in art and art education.

MAJOR MINOR
Corporate Communications

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

This program integrates both mass communication and business courses. Acquire expertise and skill to work as a communication specialist within a corporate setting. Through cross-disciplinary course work in business and mass communication, students will learn to understand, apply, analyze and articulate the complexities of communication within business, corporate and organizational settings.

MAJOR
Major English

ENGLISH / ENGLISH EDUCATION

Major in English and through coursework and advisement, our faculty help you to develop your written and oral powers of thought and expression. Experience a comprehensive background in literature and literary criticism. Be prepared to pursue a number of different careers including graduate school, education, entrepreneurial endeavors, and publishing.

MAJOR MINOR
Graphic Design

GRAPHIC DESIGN

This BFA is focused on the creation and manipulation of graphics, images, drawing, and photos, you'll speak to the world through your graphic design work. This degree will give you the necessary graphic and computer design skills. and the experience to prepare you for an exciting, cutting-edge career in advertising, publishing, or public relations.

MAJOR MINOR CERTIFICATE
Mass Communication

MASS COMMUNICATION

The Mass Communication program develops skills and prepares you for a career in the dynamic and fast growing fields of graphic design, photography, integrated media, and public relations. Gain practical experience by working with the campus TV station, radio station, the student run newspaper as well as through internships.

MAJOR MINOR CERTIFICATE
Multiple Languages

MODERN LANGUAGES

Experience the world through language. Knowing another language will both enrich your personal life and improve your career prospects. We offer courses in French, German, Lakota, Russian, and the major and minor in Spanish. Modern language courses can satisfy general education requirements.

MAJOR MINOR
Orchestra

MUSIC / MUSIC EDUCATION

The music program at BHSU offers three different majors of study: Music, Instrumental Music Education, and Vocal Music Education. Become prepared to be a music educator and performer. Learn from a diverse faculty who are committed to individual mentoring as they encourage each student to excel in all musical styles and to consider a variety of career applications.

MAJOR MINOR CERTIFICATE
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PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is the critical exploration of complex questions relevant to the human condition. Since no topic is off-limits from the insight offered by philosophical inquiry, students trained in the art of rational argument are better prepared to tackle difficult and controversial issues that we encounter in private and public spheres alike.

MINOR
Camera

PHOTOGRAPHY

The BFA in Photography at BHSU offers many opportunities to students interested in photojournalism, commercial photography, or fine art photography.For photography majors, other courses include basic and advanced photography studio lighting, the history of photography, and alternative silver and digital processes.

MAJOR MINOR CERTIFICATE
Teaching

COMMUNICATION STUDIES / SPEECH EDUCATION

A person who completes a Speech Communication major learns to speak across the whole breadth of speaking contexts: one-on-one, in a small group, in a public situation, in a conflict, in an organization, or through media of various kinds. What you learn in Communication Studies applies to all fields and disciplines.

MAJOR MINOR
acting

THEATRE / THEATRE EDUCATION

The theatre program provides an environment where you can develop your intellectual and artistic skills. A full range of courses in the history and theory of drama are complemented by courses in theatrical production techniques. A laboratory for class work is provided by the theatre production program where faculty and students cooperate to create unified works of art.

MAJOR MINOR CERTIFICATE