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Volume 99 Fall 2009 Number 1Published by Northern State University,Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401-7198.Third class postage paid at Aberdeen, South Dakota
Welcome to Northern State University
Northern State University provides students with an unmatched educational experience.It is a unique institution where students are provided the opportunity to engage with thebest of academics, cultural arts, and athletics. It is also a place where international cultures
come together for the purpose of exploring the very nest elements of an undergraduate or
graduate education.As a teaching institution, Northern faculty are committed to presenting academic materialsin a challenging but intimate environment. Your classes here will be small. Yourinteractions, though, will be very large in scale. We are proud to be the E-Learning and
International Business campus for the state of South Dakota. Our offerings reect theimportance of these two specic designations to the academic life of our campus. This
catalog will bring you a solid introduction to all that Northern has to offer. By choosing
specic courses or a specied plan of study, we are condent that our curriculum will allowyou to be tremendously successful in whatever eld you might choose. Northern is a place
where you can truly be yourself; we are an institution that is dedicated to allowing youto explore and create to the absolute limits of your imagination. I urge you to begin yourexplorations right now.
Be You. Be Us. Be Northern!
James M. Smith, Ph.D.President
Afrmative ActionStatement
The policy of Northern State University is to provide equalopportunity for employment, admissions and services toall individuals. This shall include, but is not limited to, thefollowing practices:The recruiting, hiring, training and promoting of all
persons in all job classications, except where any of theabove are limited by a bonade occupational qualication.All personnel actions such as compensation, benets,
transfer, layoffs, returns from layoff, university-sponsoredtraining, education, tuition assistance, and social andrecreation programs.All aspects of student management, including but notlimited to recruiting, admissions, scholarships and awards,employment placement, academic decisions and all studentservices.If you feel you have been treated unfairly or unjustly because
of any of the above items, you should contact the Afrmative Action Ofce on campus.
Disability Services
Northern State University recognizes its responsibility for creating an institutional climate in which students withdisabilities can thrive. If you have any time of disability for  which you require accommodations, please contact the NSU
Ofce of Disability Services (ODS) as soon as possible todiscuss your particular needs. The mission of the Ofce of Disability Services is to provide equal access to university programs, as mandated by the American with Disabilities Act(ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Any 
student requesting accommodations must submit adequatedocumentation of disability before accommodations can be
provided. Contact information for the ODS: phone – (605)626-2371; location – Student Center 217; FAX – (605) 626-3399
Welcome to
Information between the covers of this catalog willacquaint you with the history and objectives ofNorthern State University; admission informationand academic standards; student life and services;and the academic offering.This catalog is not a contract and is published forpurposes of information only. Rules, regulations,procedures, courses, programs and costs arecurrent only on the date of publication and aresubject to change as needs and reason maydictate.
WELCOME TO NSUCatalog Requirements-Student Responsibility
Each student is responsible for knowing and meetinggraduation requirements stated in the catalog current at thetime of his or her initial enrollment as a freshman. Transfer students must complete degree requirements in effect in thecatalog at the time of their initial enrollment at Northern State
University. Re-admitted students are required to meet degree
requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of their initialenrollment unless they have interrupted their enrollementfor at least one calendar year. In this event the catalog ineffect at the time of re-admission is used to determine degreerequirements.
The catalog is the only ofcial statement of requirements for 
each degree. Students are solely responsible for meeting thoserequirements.No course may be substituted to meet degree requirements
except with the approval of the Registrar. To avoid any 
possible delay in graduation, students should obtain writtenpermission prior to scheduling a course which they believemay be substituted for a required course.
Mission Statement
The legislature established Northern State University to meet the needs of the State, the region,and nation by providing undergraduate and graduate programs in education and other courses
or programs as the Board of Regents may determine. (SDCL 13-59-1)The Board implemented SDCL 13-59-1 by authorizing graduate and undergraduate programsin education to promote excellence in teaching and learning, to support research, scholarly and creative activities, and to provide service to the State of South Dakota, the region, and the
nation. The Board approved a special emphasis on E-learning in the university curriculum andservice.
Degrees are authorized at the associate, baccalaureate, and masters levels.
 The following curriculum is approved for the university. 
Associate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, education and ne arts.
Baccalaureate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, education, and ne arts.
Masters degree in education and E-learning.
Welcome to NSUValues
NSU’s students, faculty, and staff are drawn together by the following values:Community: With strong ties to our city and region, we are a welcoming community of scholarsand learners, with a focus on a student-centered environment.Scholarship: We engage in research and creative activities in an innovative atmosphere of intel-lectual rigor, with academic freedom and integrity.Citizenship: We educate individuals for a lifetime of learning and service to their ever-changingcommunities, nations, and world.
Northern State University is an historic, public institution of higher education established on
an attractive campus in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The NSU community takes pride in the institu
-tion and in providing an advanced teaching and learning environment. Integrating technol-
ogy across the curriculum, NSU offers excellence in liberal and professional education withprograms in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Fine Arts.
About Northern State University
Northern State University is a premier residential, liberal arts institution characterized by 
outstanding instruction, extraordinary community relations, and unparalleled co-curricular opportunities. In August of 2008 NSU was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of thebest undergraduate public institutions in the Midwest. For more information about NSU, visit
our Web site at www.northern.edu

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