Humanities and Social Sciences


The Humanities build intellectual and creative awareness.

The Department of Humanities provides study in the fields of art, art history, communication, foreign languages, humanities, literature, music, philosophy, and western civilization. The curriculum uses a broad-based approach, often developing linkages between the humanities and the science, engineering, and technical fields that School of Mines students enter after graduation. 

Although the South Dakota Mines offers no degrees in specific humanities and social sciences disciplines, Humanities and Social Sciences are designed to complement the technical curriculum and enrich the academic and intellectual lives of South Dakota Mines’ students. 

Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences provides courses in disciplines that focus on the institutions of human society and the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of human behavior. By utilizing empirical and quantitative methods in the study of human beings, the curriculum often demonstrates how profoundly scientific and technological developments affect and are affected by society and the environment. 

Although South Dakota Mines offers no degrees in the social sciences, your social science courses will complement your technical study and enrich your academic and intellectual life.

To learn more about what we are doing, please visit the STS blog: The Novum.

Courses, Forms & Requirements

Summer 2022 (pdf)

Fall 2022 (pdf)

Forms & Requirements


Brown Bag Master List

Brown Bag Presentations

Dr. Christy Tidwell  - September 21-Music, Horror Movies, & Racial Politics: Bringing the 1970s into the 21st Century.

Dr. John Dreyer  - October 21-Steel Boats and Iron Men: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the Lore of Ore Boats.

Dr. Olivia Burgess  - January 25-The Challenger Disaster: A Case Study in Engineering, Ethics, & Communication.

Dr. Kayla Pritchard - February 24th-  Unclear Motherhood: Ambiguity and Role Conflict among Double Mothers

Dr. Frank Van Nuys  -  March 22nd - The Politics of Nature: ‘Conserving, Protecting, and Improving’ South Dakota’s Wildlife and Parks during the ‘Age of Norbeck.’

Dr. Jonathon Gibson - April 26th-TBD