Founded in 1881 as the state’s largest and most comprehensive university and the oldest continually-operating university in South Dakota, South Dakota State University offers a diverse academic portfolio of majors, minors and specializations. SDSU confers degrees from eight different colleges representing more than 175 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 29 master's degree programs, 12 Ph.D. and two professional programs. The graduate program is classified as Doctoral, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math dominant. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies South Dakota State University as a Research University with high research activity.