UA 8.3


1970s circa-2004


0.21 linear feet (1 small document case)


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers programs in math, data science, statistics and computational science and statistics. The collection is composed of posters, brochures, email correspondence, and a policy statement.

Historical Note

Mathematics has existed at South Dakota State University since the founding of the institution. The general work of the department in the early 1900's was planned to cultivate habits of systematic and accurate thinking, as well as facility in making calculations. Independent effort was encouraged to the greatest extent, the solution of problems and original demonstrations formed an important part of each course. The curriculum of the Department of Mathematics is now designed to provide a strong liberal arts program with opportunity for concentrated study in mathematics, and to meet the needs of the technically oriented student. Supporting courses were offered for the various colleges, which make up the University.

Through the years, mathematics has had an administrative home in either the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Science, or their precursors. Today, financial and administrative matters are under the College of Engineering. Degrees, however, are granted through the College of Arts and Science. Effort was made to change this dual administration, yet it did not pass the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Content Notes

This collection is composed of material pertaining to the Mathematics and Statistics Department. Included are posters, brochures, e-mail correspondence, and a policy statement.

SDSU Archives and Special Collections

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South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


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