Academics

Our academic programs are designed to provide opportunities for students to develop skills, competencies, and experience.

Associates of Science Degrees
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Sustainable Environmental Studies

The curriculum for Sustainable Environmental Studies is designed to prepare students to transfer to an environmental science program at a four-year institution or to further employment opportunities. This degree provides a well rounded approach to the environmental sciences with a strong emphasis on core biology and chemistry components.
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Early Childhood Development

The Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development is designed to acquaint students with methods of instruction used in early childhood education. Students will be provided an opportunity to gain practical experience in actual classroom settings. Upon completion of the program students may transfer to a four year college to pursue study for a Bachelor’s Degree.
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Business Administration

The Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration is designed to provide a student with a strong foundation in general education and the core business courses. Students successfully completing this program may transfer to a four year college.
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Behavioral Science

The Behavioral Science curriculum is designed for students who intend to seek a career working with people. The curriculum is aimed at allowing students to pursue an occupation in social services/people related jobs. The Behavioral Science Degree will also set the foundation for students who intend to pursue a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology, Sociology, or Criminal Justice.
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Addiction & Diversity Counseling

The Addiction and Diversity Counseling degree prepares a student for counseling in an agency or institution which provides treatment for individuals who suffer from addiction. This degree also serves as a foundation for a Bachelor’s Degree in any Human Service related field, as well as in the Chemical Dependency field.
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Associates of Arts Degrees
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General Studies

The General Studies curriculum is designed for those students intending to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree. Emphasis is placed on obtaining both range and depth in the traditional Liberal Arts.
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Dakota Studies

The Dakota Studies Program is designed to prepare students for entrance into the local workforce or to transfer to a four-year institution. In this program, students acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of the culture, language, history, arts, and contemporary situations of Dakota people.
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Bachelor of Science Degrees
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Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration is designed to provide a student with a strong foundation in general education and the core business courses.
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Behavioral Science

The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science program at SWC is designed for students who intend to seed a career working with people. Curriculum within the program is interdisciplinary in nature blending courses from the following disciplines; anthropology, criminal justice, psychology, political science, and sociology. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will allow students to explore career options in criminal justice fields, social services, marketing, human services, and other career fields and graduate programs related to the behavioral sciences.
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Associates of Applied Science Degrees
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Multimedia Technology

The Multimedia Technology (MT) program is designed to assist students in developing and using their creative skills to prepare for a career in graphic design and digital media. Career skills that could be developed within this curriculum include: graphics design, web design, app design, digital photography, and digital audio/video editing and production.
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Business Specialist

The Business Specialist Degree student will receive a strong business-oriented curriculum. This is enhanced with professional business courses to give the student a foundation preparing them for employment in the business world. A well rounded approach to the environmental sciences with a strong emphasis on core biology and chemistry components.
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Carpentry Technology

The Carpentry Program offers courses that provide students with realistic skills to enter the residential construction industry. These courses are taught in both classroom and lab settings in order to help prepare the student for employment in this field.
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Why should I enroll in a program?

Enrolling in a program can help you seek immediate employment, add new and updated job skills to your resume, prepare you to transfer to a four-year program, and most importantly, to find personal enrichment and development.

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Certificate Programs
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Culinary Food Science

The Culinary Food Science Program (or CFS), will introduce the students to the basic skills, and responsibilities necessary to work in the Food Industry. The curriculum provides the post-secondary student, opportunities to explore career choices within the culinary field. Upon satisfactory completion of the certificate program the student will be employment ready. To summarize, the Culinary Food Science Program is designed to provide students the entry-level competencies needed to proceed and succeed in their choice of employment within the Food & Hospitality Industry.
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Dakota Language Teaching Certificate Program

The certificate program in Dakota Language is designed to prepare students with the skills needed to teach the Dakota Language. Students will acquire proficiency in the Dakota Language, knowledge of teaching methods and their application, and a foundational understanding of linguistics. Upon successful completion of all certificate requirements, students will receive certification as a Dakota Language instructor through Sisseton Wahpeton College and the State of South Dakota. The goal of this program is to prepare students to teach the Dakota Language, and also to produce more proficient speakers of the Dakota Language
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General Building Trades Technology

The Carpentry Program offers courses that provide students with realistic skills to enter the residential construction industry. These courses are taught in both classroom and lab settings in order to help prepare the student for employment in this field.
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Life Skills

The Life Skills Certificate is designed for those who have a desire to attend college but lack the cognitive abilities to complete most college courses. After completion of the program, students will have acquired the ability to manage money and time. Students will also be able to perform skills learned in a real world environment.
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Tribal Arts

The certificate program in tribal arts is designed to introduce students to Dakota tribal arts while promoting and encouraging the preservation and revitalization of traditional art forms. The program will nurture student awareness, knowledge, and ability to develop quality art forms.
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Licensed Practical Nursing Plan

The Licensed Practical Nursing students will receive a strong nursing focused curriculum. This is enhanced with pre-nursing and nursing courses to give the student a foundation preparing them to take the national examination for Practical Nursing and to provide save, caring, culturally-competent nursing care within the scope and practice of the Licensed Practical Nurse.
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What are the next steps to enroll in a program?

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SWC Extension Program

The Sisseton Wahpeton College Extension Program is an educational department within the Sisseton Wahpeton College that offers various educational programs to local residents interested in learning new skills or educational information. (Examples: Seminars, Workshops, Tribal 4H, Youth Camps, Science Fair). The programs are designed to help educate and offer guidance to local communities. Some of the educational programs provided by the SWC Extension Program may offer educational hours for students, or certificates for some specific programs. These incentives will need to be inquired about through the SWC Extension Program.

SWC Extension Program