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History, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology
Dr. Steven Usitalo, Chair
Technology Center 358
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2601
Fax: 605-626-2635
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History, Geography, Political Science & Sociology Department


Message from the Chair
Dr. Steven A. Usitalo, chair of the department of history, geography, political science and sociology at Northern, has been named a Faculty Fellow of the Silberman Seminar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Seminar participants are invited to discuss how to teach and research aspects of the Holocaust; Dr. Usitalo will work with some of the leading scholars in the field of genocide studies.
This year’s seminar is titled "Teaching About the Holocaust  in the Soviet Union. Perpetrators, Collaborators, Bystanders, and Victims," and will take place June 2-13 at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Northern's Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Sociology illuminates the past and present of American society and the world.

History and geography courses will prepare you for a variety of careers: secondary school teaching, business, law, journalism, publishing, government, library science and museum work.


With a major in history or a minor in history or geography, you'll graduate from Northern with outstanding communication and research skills - prepared to think independently and critically about the world. 


If you're passionate about understanding government and society, NSU offers degree programs in political science and sociology. Both programs prepare you for careers in teaching, government service, law and business.


Both programs also offer internship opportunities. As a sociology student, you may intern with police, court services or nursing homes; political science students may intern with national, state and local government agencies.