Academic Requirements

Transferable Credit

A minimum of two years of college credit is required for admission to the Degree Completion Program. Transfer credit may include traditional coursework or non-traditional options such as professional education and training, military training, prior work-related learning as recognized by the American Council of Education (ACE), Center for Professional Development workshops, CLEP or test out, correspondence courses or Assessment of Prior Learning (APriL) portfolios. Transfer credit will fulfill either liberal arts requirements or elective courses, but it will not replace DCP courses. The number of credit hours a student transfers to USF, as well as the number of liberal arts courses needed, will determine the number of credit hours a student will need to complete in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements (26 semester hours)

The liberal arts core requirements of the Degree Completion Program are essentially the same as other undergraduate programs at the University of Sioux Falls. Often they are at least partially fulfilled by courses taken as part of a student's transferable credit. Some students elect to earn these credits prior to beginning DCP, while others choose to take courses at the same time or after finishing their DCP major courses. While liberal arts requirements do not have to be completed before entering DCP, they do need to be satisfied before a student is eligible for graduation. Below is the list of liberal arts requirements.

Accounting 44 semester hours
Business Innovation & Marketing 41 semester hours
Management 42 semester hours
Project Management 46 semester hours
Social Work 53 semester hours

Students are required to complete the curriculum in its entirety to satisfy the major requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting, Business Innovation & Marketing, Management, Project Management or Social Work.

Total Hours Needed for Graduation (124 semester hours)

Each DCP student is required to meet the following liberal arts core requirements. Social Work majors refer to Curriculum guidelines specific to program.

Writing & Intellectual Traditions (Choose one)4 s.h.
LAR 111
LAR 112
Writing & Intellectual Traditions I OR
Writing & Intellectual Traditions II
Theology3 s.h.
THE 140 Introduction to the Bible 3
Literature (Choose one):3 s.h.
ENG 200 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG 220 World Literature 3
ENG 221 British Literature  
ENG 222 American Literature 3
ENG 223 British Literature: Survey II 3
ENG 224 American Literature: Survey II 3
Fine Arts (Choose one):3 s.h.
ART 100 Introduction to Art 3
ART 209 Art History: Prehistory-14th Century 3
ART 210 Art History: 14th Century-Present 3
CST 200 Introduction to Theatre 3
FA 200 Humanities Through the Arts 3
MUS 130 Introduction to Music 3
MUS 202 American Jazz Styles 3
MUS 203 American Musical Styles 3
MUS 250 History of Music I: Ancient-18th Century 3
MUS 255 History of Music I: 18th Century-Present 3
Science (Choose one):4 s.h.
BIO 100 Concepts in Biology 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry I 5
CHE 121 Introduction to Chemistry 3
NSC 110 Perspectives on the Natural Science 4
NSC 120
NSC 121
Physical Science (2 s.h.) AND
Earth Science (2 s. h.)
NSC 140 Introduction to Astronomy 4
NSC 220 Physics for Poets 4
PHY 101 Introductory College Physics 4
PHY 201 University Physics 4
Social Sciences (Choose three, but one must be History):9 s.h.
HIS 101 Modern European History 1500-1815 3
HIS 102 Modern European History Since 1815 3
HIS 201 United States History to 1877 3
HIS 202 United States History Since 1877 3
PSC 211
American Federal Government OR
American State & Local Government
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
PSY 205 World Geography 3
SSC 305 U.S. Geography 3
SOC 201 Fundamentals of Sociology 3
SOC 202 Social Problems 3
SOC 301 Family 3
SOC 306 Social Psychology 3
Exercise Science (Choose one):1-2 s.h.
EXS 147 Wellness (weekend workshop) 1
EXS 200 Dimensions of Wellness