The University long ago outgrew its original teachers’ college status and has since adopted a broader mission. The present programs include not only teacher education and the liberal arts, but also specialized programs in business, nursing, agriculture, and computer science. There is opportunity for pre-professional study and vocational training in selected areas as well.
Recognizing the individuality of each student, the faculty strives not only to train students for future occupations but to stimulate students’ curiosity and challenge their ability in many areas. Students build their programs around a core of General Education courses, which include fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and the social and behavioral sciences. Dickinson State University students are encouraged to complete their general education requirements by the end of the sophomore year. Students are then free as juniors and seniors to explore a major field of study.
Dickinson State University believes that its curriculum offers students a healthy combination of intellectual challenges, professional training, and practical experiences.