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Exploratory Studies is a two-semester program that helps students discover the major that best reflects their interests and ambitions. With the guidance of our Retention & Recruitment Specialists and university faculty, students are given the luxury of a non-pressured environment to consider their future. Each student is assigned an experienced Retention & Recruitment Specialist who is an expert in each of the Black Hills State University schools and degree programs. A course schedule is created for each student specifically tailored to their interests and ambitions, allowing them to fulfill general requirements, while exploring all that Black Hills State University has to offer.

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GS 100: Exploratory Studies

This 1-credit course is one of the highlights of the Exploratory Studies program. It is offered in the fall semester of your first year at Black Hills State and is taught by your Retention & Recruitment Specialist. Though not required, it is strongly recommended that each Exploratory Studies student takes advantage of this opportunity.

    What will you gain from taking this class?
  • Self-Discovery: Take assessments to learn about your strengths, values, interests, and more!
  • Major Exploration: Learn about the wide variety of majors offered at Black Hills State University through class observations & faculty interviews.
  • Career Knowledge: Participate in job shadows, informational interviews, and individual research to learn about the world of work and how to start preparing for it now!
  • Relationships: Not only will your Retention & Recruitment Specialist get to know you better by having you as a student in class, but you will be a part of a community of students who are also exploring their options.

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

Contact Info

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799