Dual Credit

Earn college credit in high school.

Jump-start your future. With Dual Credit courses, you can earn college credit in high school. The courses you take can help you graduate from college ahead of schedule.

Distinguish yourself by taking more than just AP classes. With Dual Credit, you’ll take real college classes and enjoy advanced work in a subject that interests and challenges you.

The credits you earn will transfer to most colleges and universities. Depending on the topic, they may even meet high-school graduation requirements.

Dual Credit Program

For a reduced cost, South Dakota high-school students can take dual credit courses at DSU through the State of South Dakota. And, since they’re offered at a reduced rate, they can save you money on your college education.

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Available courses 

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Design I 2D (ART 121)

Emphasizes the organization of visual elements and principles while exploring creative thought processes through art theory, concepts, material, and techniques. (3 credits)

Drawing I (ART 111)

Introduces various drawing concepts, media, and processes developing perceptual and technical skills related to accurate observing and drawing. Prerequisite(s): ART 121 (3 credits)

History of World Art II (ARTH 212)

Art and architecture in the historical and contextual development. The role of visual art; including crafts, drawing, painting, sculpture, and architecture; in the historical and cultural development of world civilization from the renaissance through the 20th century. (3 credits)

Art Appreciation (ARTH 100)

Explores the nature of art in various aesthetic, formal, and psychological dimensions, involving analysis of art objects for understanding, enjoyment, and life enhancement. (3 credits)

Introduction to Computers (CSC 105)

Overview of computer applications with emphasis on word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation tools and internet-based applications. (3 credits)

Computer Science I (CSC 150)

An introduction to computer programming. Focus on problem solving, algorithm development, design, and programming concepts. Topics include sequence, selection, repetition, functions, and arrays. (3-4 credits)

Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 201)

Principles of microeconomics studies basic economic concepts as they relate to consumer, worker, and business decisions. Emphasis is given to satisfaction maximizing behavior by individuals and profit maximization by firms. Market structures are thoroughly analyzed regarding their effect on price, output, and competitiveness. Prerequisite(s): MATH 102 or MATH 115 or MATH 120 or MATH 121 or MATH 123 or MATH 125. (3 credits)

Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 202)

Principles of macroeconomics considers the economy as a whole, how its sectors interact, and how monetary and fiscal policy can influence output, inflation, interest rates, unemployment, poverty, debt, and other factors. Prerequisite(s): MATH 102 or MATH 115 or MATH 120 or MATH 121 or MATH 123 or MATH 125. (3 credits)

Composition I (ENGL 101)

Practice in the skills, research, and documentation needed for the effective academic writing. Analysis of a variety of academic and non-academic texts, rhetorical structures, critical thinking, and audience will be included. Prerequisite(s): Course enrollment is determined by Board of Regent placement policy. (3 credits)

Introduction to Literature (ENGL 210)

Readings in fiction, drama, and poetry to acquaint students with literature and aesthetic form. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101. (3 credits)

United States History I (HIST 151)

Surveys the background and development of the United States from its colonial origins to the Civil War and Reconstruction. (3 credits)

United States History II (HIST 152)

Surveys development of the United States since the Civil War and Reconstruction.  (3 credits)

College Algebra (MATH 102)

Equations and inequalities; polynomial functions and graphs, exponents, radicals, binomial theorem, zeros of polynomials; systems of equations; exponential, logarithmic, and inverse functions, applications and graphs. Other topics selected from sequences, series, and complex numbers. (3 credits)

Survey of Calculus (MATH 121)

A survey of calculus including an intuitive approach to limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration with an emphasis on applications of the derivative and the integral as well as topics from multivariable calculus. Prerequisite(s): MATH 102 or determined by Board of Regent placement policy. (4 credits)

Calculus I (MATH 123)

The study of limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of the derivative, antiderivatives, the definite and indefinite integral, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite(s): MATH 115 or MATH 120 (concurrent enrollment with MATH 120 allowed) or determined by Board of Regent placement policy. (4 credits)

Introduction to Discrete Math (MATH 201)

An introduction and overview of discrete mathematics. Topics to be selected from other number bases, modular arithmetic, recursion, elementary logic, set theory, matrix operations, linear programming, numerical methods, and discrete probability with computer applications. Prerequisite(s): MATH 102 or MATH 115 or determined by the Board of Regent placement policy. (3 credits)

Introduction to Statistics (MATH 281)

A study of descriptive statistics including graphs, measures of central tendency and variability and an introduction to probability theory, sampling and techniques of statistical inference with an emphasis on statistical applications. Prerequisite(s): MATH 102 or MATH 115 or MATH 121 or MATH 123 (3 credits)

Music Appreciation (MUS 100)

A non-technical discussion designed to increase the enjoyment and appreciation of music. Fulfills the music requirement in the general education program. (3 credits)

American Government (POLS 100)

A study of the basic principles of the American system of government with emphasis on problems relating to governmental structure and policies. (3 credits)

Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100)

Comprehensive study of society, with analysis of group life, and other forces shaping human behavior. (3 credits)

Society and Technology (SOC 285)

Exploring a variety of domestic and global topics relating to technology, society, and culture. Prerequisite(s): CSC 105 (3 credits)

Introductory Spanish I (SPAN 101)

Introduces the fundamental elements of Spanish sentence structure and vocabulary. Promotes speaking, listening and writing within a cultural context. Class work may be supplemented with required aural/oral practice outside of class.  (4 credits)

Fundamentals of Speech (SPCM 101)

Introduces the study of speech fundamentals and critical thinking through frequent public speaking practice, including setting, purpose, audience, and subject.  (3 credits)

Introduction to Theater (THEA 100)

Introductory course designed to enhance the student’s enjoyment and understanding of the theatrical experience. Play readings, films, and demonstrations acquaint the students with the history and techniques of the theatrical art.  (3 credits)

Introduction to Acting (THEA 131)

Designed for the non-major interested in exploring acting as a means of improving communication skills and self -expression. Includes specific process for role development, text analysis, and opportunities to practice the craft and art of acting. (3 credits)

Film Appreciation (THEA 201)

This course explores the art of film and its impact on society. The student explores American and International cultures through the study of their films, filmmaking, and critical analysis. (3 credits)