Schools and Departments

Northern's academic life springs from the College of Arts and Sciences and three schools, plus many academic departments. We offer undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional programs.


No matter what you study at Northern, you'll be challenged and inspired by professors who are passionate about their fields of study and committed to the highest standards of academic achievement.


Explore all Northern's majors and minors.


College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit on campus. We prepare students for the global workplace and for further study in post-baccalaureate and professional programs.


As a CAS student, you’ll have the freedom to explore all of your intellectual curiosities. Whether you’ve decided on a major or are still exploring your options, we offer dozens of programs from which you can choose.


A degree from CAS is more than preparation for a career—it is preparation for a full, rich, and rewarding life.


School of Business

Northern's School of Business is an introduction to the world of management, marketing and finance, with a special emphasis on the global aspects of business.


The School of Business offers traditional majors, such as accounting, professional accounting, business administration, economics, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing. Northern also offers unique majors in international business and banking and financial services.


Northern offers an online masters’ degree in banking and financial services, which culminates in an on-campus experience in the final semester.


Our Center of Excellence in International Business is internationally accredited by the Network of International Business Schools.



School of Education

For more than a century, the School of Education at Northern has built a reputation for preparing exemplary teachers. In fact, more of South Dakota’s teachers graduated from Northern than any other institution.


Our students don’t wait until after graduation to start making a real difference in children’s lives and in the world, in careers ranging from traditional classroom teaching to school counseling to e-learning.


Our education students get out into the classroom much earlier than their peers at other universities with our full-year student teaching experience. Students studying e-learning at Northern get training and hands-on experience using the very latest in classroom technology.


The School of Education also is home to the NSU Reading Clinic, offering education students a chance to serve exceptional-need readers from across the country. Psychology and counseling students can explore research techniques at NSU's Behavioral Research Center.



School of Fine Arts

NSU is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.


Northern's music program will prepare you to teach K-12 music, preparing young musicians to perform, create and develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of music. Music courses and performance groups are open to students in all major fields of study.


Art students will find ample space and equipment to explore art education, design, art history, advertising design, computer and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking and fiber arts.


Northern offers a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater: A liberal arts degree with an emphasis on performance and studio activity. Our theater minor will complement bachelor's degrees in English, speech, history and music. Northern also offers many opportunities to take part in campus theater productions.