Oct 24, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

College of Arts and Sciences






Administration and Faculty

David Kenley, Professor and Dean
Justin Blessinger, Professor and English Coordinator
Dale Droge, Professor and Academic Coordinator
Lacy Patnoe, Assistant Professor and Director of Respiratory Care
Wendy Romero, Associate Professor and Digital Arts and Design Coordinator


Richard Avery, Kristel Bakker, Kari Forbes-Boyte, Thomas Jones, Kurt Kemper, Alan Montgomery, Jeffrey Palmer

Associate Professors:

Stacey Berry, Joseph Bottum, Michael Gaylor, Viki Johnson, Mary Reinesch, William Sewell, Joseph Staudenbaur

Assistant Professors:

Hannah Altmann, Angela Behrends, Peter Britton, Matthew Ingram, Haley Larson, James Maloney, Jill Olson, Zhe Ren, Andrew Sathoff, Daniel Seman, Mark Spanier, Richard Wicklein, Benjamin Young


Kristina Adams, Sandra Champion, Ann Elder, Deana Hueners-Nelson, Kim Jones, Ed Kreider, Nevine Nawar, D. Scott Richardson

Visiting Professors:

Frank Dufour, Van Phan


The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to educate and prepare students to be lifelong learners and professionals in a variety of disciplines including biology (analytical science and biology education), computer game design, cyber leadership and intelligence, digital arts and design, English for new media, English education, mathematics, and respiratory care. Students are challenged to develop the necessary skills in their respective area, to think logically and critically, and to make sound decisions. Faculty expertise and the integration of technology in all programs provides the foundation for Dakota State University's College of Arts and Sciences degree programs.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science majors listed above, the College of Arts and Sciences offers an Associate of Science degree in respiratory care which articulates with the four-year respiratory care degree. The College also offers several minors, including art, audio production, biology, chemistry, computer graphics, digital photography, English for new media, film production, history, math, multimedia/web design, physics, 2-D and 3-D production animation, professional and technical communication, sociology, Spanish, and speech communication/theatre.  A number of certificate programs are also available including digital photography, English for new media, mathematical foundations of cryptography, multimedia, multimedia design and production, professional and technical communication, and website design and development.

In addition to course work in the academic setting, the College of Arts and Sciences provides opportunities for students to learn through work experiences and supervised professional practices.  Internships and undergraduate research/scholarship are available in most programs.