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Study at Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University, also known as BHSU, was established in 1883. It is a four-year, public university located in Spearfish, South Dakota. The main campus is spread across an area of more than 120 acres. BHSU was founded by the Dakota Territorial Legislature as Dakota Territory Spearfish Normal School. After several name and status changes the university was given its present name on July 1, 1989. Each year the university has an Enrolment of more than 4, 000 students. BHSU offers more than 80 majors, and several bachelor's, master's, and associate's degrees. The university is a network of following colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
BHSU's Student Enrolment is diverse and impressive and the university possesses a prominent athletics department. The sports teams participate in various games including baseball, basketball, softball, volleyball, golf and others. Their sports teams are known as the Yellow Jackets.

Profile of Black Hills State University

The campus of Black Hills State is in Spearfish, SD, which is a self-contained town. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Black Hills State include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in media, art studies, and education and teaching.

Black Hills State Selectivity

Admission at Black Hills State is selective, not open to all who apply. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


Black Hills State has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 4, 052 students enrolled (3, 099 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

A lot of students at Black Hills State attend part-time. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Dakota Athletic Conference.

Black Hills State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching135elementary school teaching, curriculum and instruction, secondary teaching, teacher aide, kindergarten/preschool teaching, teacher ed, business teaching, special ed, . . .
Business and Management113business management, accounting, entrepreneurship, human resources, sales and marketing
Liberal Arts87history, general studies, sociology, social services, English, Spanish language, political science, speech and rhetoric, . . .
Media37mass communication
Family and Social Work33community organization
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy33sports and fitness management, health and physical education, parks and recreation studies
Science22biology, chemistry, physical science courses
Engineering Technician20industrial tech, drafting
Therapy and Counselling18psychology
Art Studies18art studies
Photography and Commercial Art7commercial art
Hospitality3tourism and travel
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
office and Administration1administrative assistant

Contact: Black Hills State

Black Hills State University

1200 University St

Spearfish, SD 57799-9500

General Phone: (605) 642-6011


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