South Dakota State University students can enroll in an undergraduate minor or certificate in wine, beer, and spirits production and service beginning this fall.
The two new programs will provide undergraduate students with the specific skills needed to safely produce, market and serve fermented and distilled beverages.
The Board of Regents adopted the new program and certificate applications at its meeting last week, and programs will open for enrollment this fall.
This is part of what was established in House Bill 1081 in 2020, which allowed colleges to produce and store up to 200 gallons of spirits, malt beverages and wine each year for research and educational purposes. education. Only students, professors, researchers and research participants in a course may consume alcohol produced by the university. Students under 21 cannot participate.
How will the new programs work?
Courses will teach students how to produce wine and beer, describe how to produce distilled spirits, understand the role ingredients play in alcohol, properly test wine and beer following applicable protocols from the industry. industry, and to understand and manage responsible service and consumption of alcoholic beverages. , according to the program descriptions.
Students will also learn to demonstrate their understanding of the management of food operations that serve alcoholic beverages, apply management principles and procedures related to the sale and service of alcoholic and specialty beverages, implement marketing strategies and become certified by the National Restaurant Association upon successful completion of the online course. ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.
This new certificate and minor is interdisciplinary and could pique the interest of students in disciplines such as hospitality, tourism, event management, nutrition and dietetics, horticulture, entrepreneurial studies, microbiology and food science.
For the certificate, which is meant to be a stand-alone or value-added degree, students will be required to complete four different courses for a total of 10 credit hours:
- 200 Level Restoration Sanitation
- Introduction to Wine, Beer and Spirits and 400 Level Lab (must be 21)
- 400 Level Hotel Marketing
- Wine Beer Spirits & Lab Level 400 Production (must be 21)
To receive the minor, students will complete the four aforementioned courses, five to six elective credits, and either 300-level Food Operations and Purchasing Management or 400-level Sports and Recreation Facility Management. Here are the courses electives from which students can choose to complete their minor:
- 300 Level Business Legal Environment
- Level 300 Hospitality Industry Act (requires prerequisite)
- 300-level catering operations and purchasing management
- 400 Tier Fruit Growing Systems
- 400-level Human Resource Management (requires prerequisite)
- 100 Level Food Principles and Lab
- Management of 400-level sports and recreation facilities
To what extent is there a need for this in South Dakota?
No new classes or state funding will be required to offer the minor and certificate, according to SDSU’s program applications. Courses were selected from curricula in the School of Health and Consumer Sciences, the Ness School of Business and Economics, and the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Sciences.
Total sales of alcoholic beverages in the United States reached $252 billion in 2019, and the craft brewery scene grew to 33 in 2020 from five in 2011, according to SDSU’s program demand.
The wine industry is also growing in South Dakota. In 1996, the first winery opened in the state. Now there are at least 20 wineries across the state.
The proposed program supports the hospitality industry, according to the Board of Regents’ April 2021 Program Demand Gap Analysis Study, the hospitality industry has high demand and low supply of labor ‘artwork.
New programs on wine production and service courses are limited to the northern plains, making SDSU a new destination for this type of education.
Some courses are offered at Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Nebraska, and certificates in viticulture and enology are offered at South Central College in Mankato, Minnesota, Des Moines Area Community College and at Highland Community College.
There is no national accrediting body or educational organization, but SDSU referenced the University of California-Davis Viticulture and Enology Program and Brewmaster Program, and consulted a national leader in the wine industry. SDSU also solicited information from local brewing industry leaders on beer production.
SDSU estimates that 25 students will enroll and five students will graduate, by the fourth year the minor program is operational.